The Miami Dolphins could still make the playoffs and they still may have a franchise quarterback but the doubts are creeping back in on Tua Tagovailoa.
Sunday’s Christmas Day miracle came for the Green Bay Packers and gave the Dolphins their fifth loss in a row. The Dolphins started with a three game winning streak, a three game losing streak, a five game winning streak, and now a four game losing streak. Maybe they will streak to the Super Bowl.
If they do, Tua Tagovailoa better figure out who he is going to be because Justin Herbert continues to look like the QB Miami should have taken.
There, I said it.
The Tua Tagovailoa we say earlier this year posting 300 yard games with multiple touchdowns hasn’t been around for over a month. Maybe he took December off because he looked horrible against the 49ers, horrible against the Chargers, rebounding against the Bills, and then for the first half of Sunday’s game, it appeared that he was back on track.
This is crunch time for the Dolphins and clearly, Tua is a problem. His three interceptions on Sunday were not tipped balls or great defensive plays, Tua threw them to the defenders. Misreads on three consecutive drives. That isn’t good enough no matter the reasons.
Tua has to play better than he has. We were pulled into a trance admiring the statistics that he was posting, he isn’t posting those anymore.
Miami has two games to figure it out and they won’t be easy wins by any stretch. What once was a promising shot at the top seed or at worse a shot at the number two seed, the Dolphins now may not even make the playoffs. They still hold their own destiny but right now, destiny doesn’t seem to be on their side.
UPDATE: A previous version had Miami on a 5 game winning streak which we know is not the case.