One of the biggest question marks coming into this offseason is what the Dolphins do at the QB position. Miami's general manager, Chris Grier, insists that Tua is their QB next year, but it seems like players on the team aren't sold.
Three anonymous Dolphins players talked to Miami Herald columnist Armando Salguero discussing their thoughts on Tua. They never questioned Tua as a teammate or person. To make a long story short, they pretty much said Tua sucks at football.
They said they were unimpressed by Tagovailoa during training camp to the point they thought he wouldn’t be ready to play in 2020. They said they were “caught totally off guard,” as one put it, when Tagovailoa was named the starter the seventh game of the season.
One defensive player said he isn’t impressed with Tagovailoa’s ball velocity or arm strength or ability to make off-schedule plays with his legs. So he ultimately questions whether Tagovailoa will ever be able to match the feats of other quarterbacks in the AFC such as Josh Allen, Patrick Mahomes or Deshaun Watson. “Those are the boys we got to beat, right?” this player said. “It looks right now like that’s going to be a big challenge.
This is a great way to instill some confidence in your young QB! I understand what they're saying though. When Fitzpatrick was benched for Tua, it confused people considering the Dolphins were in a playoff race. I was OK with the decision because you don't draft someone fourth overall to hold a clipboard. They might as well see what Tua can do in pressure games.
I think Tua can be a good QB in the league. It seemed like the Dolphins were trying to protect him this year. Far too often, they dinked and dunked all over the field, not letting Tua throw the long ball. Seeing what he did in Alabama, I for sure think he has the arm talent to be a good QB in this league for a long time.
It will be interesting to see what the Dolphins do this offseason. They need to use the third pick to get some help around Tua. Whether it's drafting Penei Sewell or grabbing one of the top receivers, this Dolphins offense definitely needs help. Let's stop acting like Devante Parker and Jakeem Grant are good enough weapons to succeed. Solid players, but they don't scare a defense.
Regardless of what players on the Dolphins think, Tua is going to be the starter next year unless we get a draft day stunner. Until then, Brian Flores and Tua have a lot of work to do to prove that they made the right choice.
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