Tua Tagovailoa, the 5th overall pick only two drafts ago, showed that more than likely he doesn’t have it in him to be anything more than the 20th best quarterback in the NFL. I’ve tried to convince myself of stats concerning his terrible offensive line, which was actually decent in pass protection on Sunday.
I’ve tried to justify his low amount of yards passing in today’s NFL is a creation of Brian Flores not caring at all about stats and wanting his usually balls to the wall defense(we’ll get to them in a bit) on the field as often as possible. I’ve tried blaming the receivers. I’ve done it all.
I don’t think I’m being hyperbolic or a prisoner at the moment here but I simply don’t think Tua Tagovailoa can be the guy for the Miami Dolphins. One of the problems here is that Tua hasn’t afforded himself any leeway with this. He doesn’t have any skins on the wall where he can have a game as he did on Sunday. Josh Allen threw three INTs and the Bills won. Even if the Bill’s would have lost to Atlanta, nobody would be thinking that Allen wasn’t the man in Buffalo. What he did last year gives him that rope.
Tua has very little trust from anybody and when all eyes were on him, where his team was playing an actual good team that wasn’t decimated with Covid, he laid a massive egg. There’s nothing else that can be said about that.
I know he’s only 23, but it’s painfully apparent that he can’t throw intermediate routes. And if he does by chance hit a 15-yard pass that travels 15 yards, it has to be off the RPO action. The Titans couldn’t care less if the Dolphins ran the ball. They wanted Tua to try and throw his way to a victory and he couldn’t do it. He couldn’t lead one drive resulting in a touchdown.
Tua’s best skill is accuracy and when you want to be Johnny Accurate and you’re not accurate than what are you going to be able to do to help your team win. It’s not like in basketball if your shot isn’t falling that you can be more of a facilitator or play harder defense. If Tua isn’t bringing laser precision to the game, what other club in the bag does he really have?
That one-hop throw to Hollins where he was wide-open on the comeback route was so atrocious and mind-boggling. It’s so mind-boggling because it was only a 20ish yard pass and we know that Tua can make that throw. But he didn’t. In a game where he 100% needed that throw, he skipped it into the dirt like you would skip a rock across a pond.
I think we all know that the Dolphins are going to be zeroing in on Deshuan Watson if his legal issues clear up in the next few months. If not him, it will be Rodgers, Wilson, or who knows. I suppose it’s possible that they keep Tua and throw all their cap space at the best offensive lineman and receivers. But I just don’t think that 81-year-old Stephen Ross is looking to do that. I think he thinks and will be reinforced by Brian Flores and company that a top-shelf quarterback is all the Dolphins need if they want to do serious winning. Makes sense to me.
So to all you folks out there believing, wanting, wishing, and praying for Tua to have a game as he did, which is a totally weird thing to do, you got what you wanted. I think Tua is a hard worker that could be a very good leader but he sadly doesn’t have the tools. It is what it is.