Miami Dolphin fans everywhere were ecstatic when Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa fell to the no 5 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. Tua was outstanding in college and was considered the best qb in the draft until Joe Burrow came along. The cause of his slide was due to a dislocated hip that ended his season. Many have wondered if Tua would be good to go for this season, but was cleared by Miami’s team doctors and has been participating in training camp.
As expected, Tua will need sometime to adjust to playing at the pro level. The lack of a preseason doesn’t help Tua’s case. A preseason could have helped Tua get back into the swing of the game, reading the defense, and making adjustments on the fly. Even though it would have been with a small playbook, it would have been nice to see Tua out there.
To Play or Not To Play
It was reported earlier today that Ryan Fitzpatrick is slated to be the starter week one. While I want to see Tua out there, I think this is the right decision. Like I said, the lack of preseason and coming off hip surgery means the Dolphins need to be careful with out they proceed.
I don’t think Fitzpatrick will start the full season. If I had to guess, Tua will be in the starting spot by game 6 or 7 unless the Dolphins somehow have a decent record. A good game may be their matchup against the Arizona Cardinals on November 8, but whatever happens happens.
The Dolphins need to take their time with Tua Tagovailoa and ease him into the league. I think Joe Burrow is going to get eaten alive in Cincinnati and it will not look pretty. The future looks bright for Miami and Tua needs to be apart of that future if Miami wants to succeed. Perhaps Tua can be the first quarterback since Dan Marino to stick around for a decade.