In the eyes of the media three throws that Tua Tagovailoa made against the Green Bay Packers is going to fully define his performance.
22 of the 25 pass attempts resembled a good starting quarterback clicking on all cylinders with his receivers and coaches. The offense was on time, on target, and the run game was complimenting it perfectly.
At the end of the first half it looked like the Miami Dolphins’ offense was going to have a day that looked similar to the production they had at the start of the year.
The only drive of the third quarter stalled and was followed by a missed field goal from Jason Sanders.
Then the fourth quarter came…
- Three drives.
- Three interceptions.
- Three bad interceptions.
Three inexcusable under any circumstance at any level interceptions.
What was going to be a great day for Tua and this offense quickly turned into an absolute nightmare.
After putting up 20 points in the first half the offense was shutout in the second half.
So what happened?
I wish I knew. Tua made three extremely uncharacteristic throws. Tua usually does a good job of not forcing throws that are not there, and he is one of the most accurate quarterbacks in the league.
The first interception was a bad overthrow. It was an inaccurate throw unlike anything we have ever seen from Tua. He sailed it three feet over the receiver’s head. Maybe he did not run the route deep enough? Either way, it was a terrible throw.
The second interception looked like miscommunication. The receiver never turned back to look for the ball, but even if he had it would have been picked because the linebacker was standing right there. He took one step to his right and the ball was his. A rare occasion where we have seen Tua force something that was not there.
The last interception was the worst of the three. I would love to say it was a miscommunication, but the receiver was barely on the screen when it was intercepted. It looked as if Tua went to make the throw, then decided not to when it was too late to stop the throwing motion. The ball fluttered out of his hand right to the Packers’ defensive back.
After that, the game was over.
It is a shame too. The media is going to tear him up for this, but outside of those three throws Tua played the best he has played since the Texans game.
That feels like a long time ago.
I know this was a bad loss, but the good news is the offense looks to be clicking again after these last two weeks agains the Packers and Buffalo Bills.
If Tua can eliminate those uncharacteristic mistakes they will be fine against the New England Patriots and the New York Jets to close out the year.