Tua vs. Tyreek: Who is the Miami Dolphins offensive MVP?
The Miami Dolphins had one of the best offenses in the NFL last season, ranking fourth in passing yards, sixth in passing touchdowns, ninth in total touchdowns, and eighth in passer rating. All that success was despite starting three different quarterbacks. Head coach Mike McDaniel deserves a ton of credit, of course. The offensive system he brought over from the San Francisco 49ers puts quarterbacks in the best position to make quick and easy throws. That said, the players are the ones who run the plays, but which one was the most important? Who would be considered the MVP?
There are several candidates to choose from. Left tackle Terron Armstead was Miami’s best pass blocker, earning a Pro Football Focus grade of 81.4. His absence was felt in the four games he missed due to various injuries to his toe, pec, knee, and hip. Second-year wide receiver Jaylen Waddle caught 75 passes for 1,356 yards and eight touchdowns while averaging 18.1 yards per catch. They were crucial pieces to the offensive attack, but when it comes to the Dolphins’ offensive MVP, there are only two real candidates: quarterback Tua Tagovailoa and wide receiver Tyreek Hill.
The key to this exercise is determining which player had the most value this season. If the point was just to name the best player or who had the best season, Hill is the easy choice. Which player’s value was felt most when they succeeded and when they struggled or when they were out with an injury? Tagovailoa versus Hill: who’s it going to be?