Tua Tagovailoa is surprisingly in a perfect position to reclaim the Dolphins’ front office and become their QB franchise
Before the 2021 NFL trade deadline, the Miami Dolphins apparently didn’t want anything to do with Tua Tagovailoa. Despite a top-five pick by former Alabama starter in 2020, the Dolphins have gradually become increasingly drawn to the idea of acquiring Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson.
It hasn’t helped that Tagovailoa has struggled with multiple injuries since joining the NFL. However, at the root of the problem were the dolphins expressing a buyer’s remorse. While other sophomore quarterbacks Joe Burrow and Justin Hebert led their teams to victory, the Dolphins struggled to put Tagovailoa on the field.
The Dolphins were linked with Deshaun Watson until the very last moment
The Dolphins and Texans were ultimately unable to agree to a deal with Watson before the deal deadline expired. However, that doesn’t mean Miami was only interested at the very last second.
Dolphins owner Stephen Ross was reportedly in love with the idea of trading multiple draft picks for Watson. Some outlets even cited the Dolphins sending an official offer to Houston.
The Texans have forwarded all offers to extract more value from interested teams in the next offseason. Teams like the Carolina Panthers, Philadelphia Eagles and, yes, the Dolphins are all set to resume talks with Houston in the spring. However, in the meantime, Tagovailoa is back under center for the foreseeable future in South Florida. For the first time in his young NFL career, it looks like he’ll have a real opportunity to prove his worth in organizing the Dolphins.
Tua Tagovailoa should be the starter for the rest of the season
Tagovailoa missed the Dolphins’ Week 9 game against the Houston Texans with a finger injury, and there were concerns that this would keep him out of action for a few more weeks. He had already missed a lot of time due to the rib injury mentioned earlier. Any extra missed time would seriously set him back on his claim as a starting quarterback.
However, the Dolphins got Tagovailoa back into action midway through their Week 10 game with the Baltimore Ravens. He managed to overcome his injury, passing for 158 yards and leading the Dolphins to a shocking victory.
Tagovailoa is apparently in good health, and the Dolphins have no logical reason to trot substitute Jacoby Brissett again. In theory, Tagovailoa gets the entire second half of the season to prove his worth. On paper, this looks like a few productive games for the young gunslinger.
Tua Tagovailoa and Dolphins have easy second-half schedule
After working out games against the Buffalo Bills, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Las Vegas Raiders and Baltimore Ravens, the Dolphins’ schedule is seriously lightening up to move forward.
Their next five games consist of clashes against the New York Giants, Carolina Panthers, New Orleans Saints and New York Jets twice. The New York teams are two of the worst in the NFL, while the Panthers and Saints are both in their second quarterbacks of the season.
These five games are winnable for Tagovailoa and the Dolphins.
If Tagovailoa can lead his team on a winning streak, at least bringing them closer to a Wild Card appearance, his Dolphins career tale would shift. Miami can think twice before replacing him completely in the offseason for someone like Deshaun Watson.
All stats courtesy of Pro Football Reference.
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