Tua Tagovailoa going up top to Tyreek Hill on the first play of the game was pure nirvana.
I wrote back in July about the throw Tua had to Tyreek in practice that just about brought the Earth to a stand-still. Tons of folks crapped all over it and said he had to do it in a game. Well, Tua Tagovailoa did just that on the first play of the game and I’m rather sure the force of it caused tidal waves in the pacific ocean.
Love the fact that Mike McDaniels gave the people what they wanted right out of the gate. We wanted Tua to Tyreek deep and that’s exactly what we got.
The blocking was excellent on the play. There wasn’t anyone anywhere close to Tua and he uncorked one.
Also, Cedrick Wilson was open crossing the field as well. It’s nice to know that kind of play, which we’ll see plenty of especially when Jaylen Waddle is the guy doing the crossing, can yield big yards. I imagine we’ll see several plays off that play-action. I say that because it seems that most of the passing plays Miami has been running come off that play-action. I’m fine with it as long as the running game is working.
Now, was that the greatest deep ball Tua has ever thrown? No, it was not. He’ll tell you that himself.
If that ball was a couple of more feet inside, Tyreek scores. But that ball was still a good ball because he threw it when Tyreek wasn’t at all open. He just trusted that he would run by the safety and led him inside. As I said and as Tua said, he needed the ball to be even more on the inside for it to be a score.
As you can imagine and probably say, the world had a lot to say about the pass to Hill. The same tired lines about Tua not having the arm strength to put it over the shoulder and that he underthrew it, which he didn’t, came out. Then the backlash from the Dolphin’s faithful showing pass after pass of Mahomes underthrowing Hill got thrown around. Criticizing Tua especially when he does something good is such a formula and it’s one that we’re hopefully going to be seeing all year.
The very next play, Tua did a boot to his left and hit Tyreek for another first down. Overall, Tua had a great night. There are other quarterbacks(cough Mac Jones cough) in the league that ended the preseason on a down ending and the fans have to carry that with them for the next two weeks. That’s not us. We saw Tua and the first team offense have their way, albeit against backups, with the Eagles’ defense. But can you imagine what would have been said if the first-team offense didn’t look good against backups? I’ll take this reality.
We don’t have to do much to wonder if this new offense can work. We saw that it could work. Now we just wait a few weeks to see it for real.
Oh, and this was funny to listen to.