The sky is not falling for the Miami Dolphins but this season is looking a little too much like the 2016 season and Teddy Bridgewater could be leading Miami.
Tua Tagovailoa is in the concussion protocol. He went to the doctor himself following Sunday’s game loss to the Packers. The debate is whether this is his second or third of the season. While the talking heads in the media are calling for him to retire or for the NFL to sit him out the rest of the year, the Dolphins still have to play football on Sunday.
That means without Tua, the Dolphins will turn to Teddy Bridgewater.
Does that elicit hope inside your head or does that make you think the season is all but officially over? A season that was so promising a month ago has circled the drain and is about to fully go down it.
In 2016, Miami Dolphins fans lived through a similar situation. Ryan Tannehill went down with three weeks remaining and the Dolphins were fighting for the last spot in the playoffs. Matt Moore led the team to wins in two of the final three games to get Miami to the post-season. Tannehill didn’t return for the playoffs and the Dolphins lost to the Steelers in round one.
Now, here we are again. Two games left with Miami needing to win at least one if not both to make the postseason and a backup quarterback at the helm.
Miami fans have seen Bridgewater this year and while some will argue he was perfectly fine, others didn’t see a player that appeared too keen on being in Miami. Bridgewater’s energy is not fire and brimstone. He is far more Sarah McLachlan and AC/DC. In other words, he isn’t going to be the “rah-rah” quarterback.
Miami hasn’t won this year with any QB not named Tua but now they may have to. There is no news on the concussion front with Tua but the last time he had a concussion he missed two games, he could miss two more or maybe none at all.
For now, Miami has to prepare for at least one game assuming Tua will not play and it becomes week to week after that. If Miami beats the Patriots this weekend and the Jets lose to the Seahawks, Miami will secure the final playoff spot. If they lose to the Patriots, Miami will have to beat the Jets on the final weekend of the season. Will that be with or without Tua? We don’t know yet.