Dolphins make Tua Tagovailoa captain for first time in profession

For the primary time in his profession, third-year quarterback Tua Tagovailoa has been named captain for the Miami Dolphins.

The staff launched its official checklist forward of Miami’s season opener in opposition to New England on Sunday. The Dolphins’ seven captains this yr embody first-timers Tagovailoa, Tyreek Hill, Terron Armstead, Christian Wilkins, Xavien Howard and Jevon Holland, together with three-time captain Elandon Roberts.

It seems that Mike McDaniel & Co. have seen sufficient off-field management and on-field efficiency enchancment from Tagovailoa, probably the most correct QBs within the league, to provide him captain standing.

On “The Herd,” Colin Cowherd broke down why this feat is such an enormous deal for the younger signal-caller.

“I’ve always believed that there are little, tiny, subtle — and not to subtle — warning signs about a football team,” he mentioned. “One of them is: If your quarterback is not named captain, something is amiss. He touches the ball 60 times a game. Your quarterback [has] gotta be a captain. If he’s not, your coaching staff or your players are telling you something. The last couple of years, Tua was not named captain, and I said, ‘That’s a bad sign.’ … This week, Tua [is] named captain, and I think it is something.

“I believe Mike McDaniel, the brand new coach of the Dolphins, … Terron Armstead … Tyreek Hill — they’re all-in on Tua. Now, whether or not or not they honestly imagine Tua is nice is not the purpose as a result of I do not suppose he’s, and I do not suppose most individuals suppose he’s. … What Mike McDaniel is doing is saying, ‘Alright, whether or not you’re a star, we’re gonna deal with you want one,’ as a result of confidence is a big part to quarterback success.”

Miami Dolphins title Tua Tagovailoa captain

Miami Dolphins name Tua Tagovailoa captain

Colin Cowherd explains why this accomplishment is an enormous deal for Tagovailoa.

Tagovailoa boasts a 13-8 report in two seasons as a starter with the Dolphins. He has accomplished 66.2% of his passes in 23 video games (21 begins), racking up 4,467 yards, 27 touchdowns and 15 interceptions.

Final season, on early downs when not pressured, Tagovailoa led the NFL in accuracy. What’s extra, he delivered the perfect success fee within the NFL contained in the pink zone regardless of rib and throwing finger accidents.

Tagovailoa will look to capitalize on Miami’s monster offseason strikes so as to get the Dolphins again to the postseason, a spot they have not been since 2016.

The Dolphins made a number of splashy strikes this offseason, buying and selling for celebrity receiver Hill, signing Armstead to bolster the offensive line, and re-signing Emmanuel Ogbah and Xavien Howard to maintain the protection intact.

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