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Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (1) stands on the field during the first half of a NFL preseason football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Saturday, Aug. 21, 2021, in Miami Gardens. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Tua Tagovailoa Will Be Under Immense Pressure This Season

Dolphins Offseason Needs
Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (1) stands on the field during the first half of a NFL preseason football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Saturday, Aug. 21, 2021, in Miami Gardens. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Tua Tagovailoa Will Be Under Immense Pressure This Season

Tua Tagovailoa doesn’t get cut a lot of slack. Since being drafted 5th overall in the 2020 NFL Draft, expectations have been sky high for the former Alabama Crimson Tide QB. While I believe it is safe to say maybe he hasn’t quite lived up to those expectations, maybe before they were a little lofty. I think too much is put on these young guys coming out of college. Very few have made the jump from the college game to the NFL and were great from day one. With that being said, I believe that Tagovailoa will be under the most pressure he has had to deal with in his career, and rightfully so.

Before, the list of excuses for Tua Tagovailoa was many. There was the hip injury he had in college and the rehab that came with it. That much I will not blame Tua for. No one can help it when it comes to injuries and especially rehab. On the field, first, it was the offensive line. He has been sacked 40 times during his short NFL career, which is far too many. They addressed that issue by signing Connor Williams and Terron Armstead. Next was the weapons. Miami hadn’t been known for having incredible weapons, especially at the start of Tua’s career. That issue was addressed by drafting Jaylen Waddle last season, but this off-season specifically bringing back TE Mike Gesicki and trading for WR Tyreek Hill. These receivers will be running track meets during games, and Tua should finally have the time to find them. Lastly was the coaching. Reports say that former HC Brian Flores told Tua they should’ve drafted Mac Jones instead of him. Not quite a vote of confidence. Now they bring in offensive guru Mike McDaniel who will fine-tune this offense to his style.

I have been on the record stating that I believe Tua Tagovailoa can be a great NFL QB. He has all the tools you want. But he hasn’t been given a fair shake really in Miami. That all ends now. Most of the concerns around this team were answered this off-season. This is the season Tua HAS to step up and make the jump. Otherwise, maybe it’s time that Miami start looking at their future at the quarterback position.

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