Miami Dolphins scapegoat #1: Tua Tagovailoa
Tua Tagovailoa is the most obvious candidate for a potential scapegoat if things go wrong in 2022, and he is no stranger to the tag.
Despite the unimpressive offensive units that surrounded him and the coaching staff that did little to aid in his healthy progression, Tagovailoa took much of the blame for last season. Whether it was his inability to remain healthy or his lack of downfield passes, he was the subject of ire for much of the fan base.
Tua has been one of the most talked about players in the league this offseason, and it is typically in a negative manner. While the deck is stacked for him as far as the new weapons around him, the media and collective NFL fan base continue to be non-believers and peg the Dolphins as a .500 team for the upcoming campaign.
He will become an even more polarizing figure as the season progresses. Is all of Tyreek Hill’s praise for real? Can he actually hit Waddle on the deep routes this year? Tagovailoa and the Miami Dolphins will be fixtures on all the Sunday night highlight shows, and probably even more so if they happen to struggle.
And you can bet that they’ll blame Tua, whether he deserves it or not.