For questionable reasons, the Cleveland Browns will be one of the most polarizing teams in the league this coming season. Depending on when the NFL schedules the game between them and the Dolphins, Tua Tagovailoa will be going up against a quarterback counterpart that he will surely want to get the upper hand on.
Tua’s early career with Miami has been wildly mishandled, thanks in large part to former head coach Brian Flores. It is easy to assume that the quarterback’s play was adversely affected by the constant rumors about the Dolphins’ interest in Deshaun Watson, and the franchises’ unwillingness to kill the noise and instill confidence in Tagovailoa. If Watson (who may be serving a suspension in 2022) is under center, you can bet that Tua will be out for revenge.
But even if Watson doesn’t play, there will be a familiar face playing quarterback. The Browns have signed Jacoby Brissett to be their backup, just after having played one season in the same role in Miami. The problem with Brissett (along with the ones on the field) was that he believed himself to be deserving of the starting spot over Tagovailoa, even when the second-year player was healthy. We don’t know the specifics of the relationship in the locker room, but you can bet that there will be a bit of extra motivation when the Dolphins host the Browns in 2022.