Tua Tagovailoa, Miami Dolphins:
The Miami Dolphins didn’t stay behind in the craziness that was AFC Free-Agency, or what most recognized as an arms race. Miami built a powerhouse offense in just one off-season, with new HC Mike McDaniel implementing a vision not seen before by Dolphins fans.
Tua Tagovailoa wasn’t all the way bad his first 2 seasons, but he wasn’t all the way good either. Because of Tagovailoa’s struggles in a bottom 10 offense he is expected to do much better under the new and improved offense that McDaniel is bringing to Miami.
But it has to be proven first, and until that happens this Tua Tagovailoa breakout season everyone keeps talking about is nothing more than wishful thinking. If Tagovailoa is any good, he should make the Dolphins a team to look out for in the playoffs.
If he isn’t very good then it will be exposed fairly quickly, even average NFL QB’s would do some serious damage with an offense like this. You saw it before with Jimmy G and the 49ers, who had a similar or even less talented team than what the Dolphins have now.
I’m not as low as some are on Tagovailoa, but I’m not as high on him as some Dolphins fans are either. I expect Tagovailoa to make a noticeable improvement and start making noise for top 10 conversation as the 2022 season progresses, but it has to be put on film first.
Mac Jones, New England Patriots:
The media’s newest darling, Mac Jones was hyped up as a top QB in the league by most big-time media early on in the 2021 season, painting the narrative that Jones was destined to carry Tom Brady’s torch. Unfortunately for Patriots fans this picture got set on fire at the end of the season.
Many have called Jones a right handed version of Tagovailoa, Jones showed he definitely has the mind ability to operate an NFL offense. But one thing Tagovailoa overcame and that Jones has had the luxury of not experiencing, is the pressure to make chicken salad out of chicken scratch.
Mac Jones is our final honorable mention, but in my opinion he is an entire level below Tagovailoa, edging out the rest of the young, unproven, or back up QB’s in the AFC.
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