Tua Tagovailoa underneath extra intense microscope in Miami

By Henry McKenna
FOX Sports activities AFC East Author

Tua Tagovailoa could be a mild-mannered quarterback. The Miami Dolphins star may not be the loudest man within the room. 

However the mere point out of his title — the mere categorization of him as a star — is sufficient to stir controversy.

Tagovailoa would by no means overreact. And but everybody overreacts to Tagovailoa.

Will Tua Tagovailoa or Daniel Jones have a greater season?

Will Tua Tagovailoa or Daniel Jones have a better season?

The Dolphins’ Tua Tagovailoa and Giants’ Daniel Jones have new coaches and tons of expectations for 2022. Colin Cowherd predicts which QB could have the higher season.

Let’s check out Reveals A and B from the offseason. 

In Might, the Dolphins posted a video of Tagovailoa throwing to receiver Tyreek Hill, who joined the workforce in a blockbuster commerce this offseason and instantly signed a $120-million deal. In what was clearly a warmup interval, Tagovailoa underthrew Hill on a protracted throw. Tua was sporting a bucket hat and shorts. No large deal. Ho hum. The blokes have been simply getting in sync. That might have been the conventional response, a minimum of. As an alternative, NFL followers ripped him to shreds on social media, partly as a result of the Dolphins quarterback has a popularity for a weak arm. 

Then in coaching camp, Tagovailoa went viral once more, this time for an ideal 60-yard bomb to Hill in an 11-on-11 drill. Tagovailoa poked again at his detractors.

“I think people don’t think I can throw the ball far,” Tagovailoa mentioned with amusing Aug. 3 when requested why he thought the play acquired a lot traction on Twitter. “I would say that’s the fascination. Like, ‘Wow! He can throw the ball!’ It’s hard to be in the NFL if you can’t throw the ball, right?”

Consistent with Tagovailoa’s profession, the quarterback then confronted a sequence of questions in regards to the Dolphins’ tampering scandal when Miami proprietor Stephen Ross made makes an attempt earlier than and after drafting Tagovailoa to amass legendary quarterback Tom Brady. Moments after disregarding exterior skepticism, Tagovailoa needed to brush off inside skepticism. 

“I think the team is all in with me and all of the guys that we have now,” Tagovailoa mentioned.

He has to maintain saying it as a result of few folks consider it. He has to maintain saying it as a result of the Dolphins have mentioned they’re dedicated to him, however have explored buying Brady and even reportedly tried to commerce for Deshaun Watson regardless of the allegations of sexual assault. 

Tagovailoa has by no means appeared safe in his standing with the workforce, not even in his rookie season when the Dolphins would pull him within the fourth quarter with hopes backup Ryan Fitzpatrick might function the nearer to win video games. 

The reality is that, at this level in his profession, Tagovailoa isn’t elite. Maybe he’ll develop into High 10 manufacturing. For now, he’s a middle-of-the-road possibility. He can get the job executed, even when he does not all the time get it executed.

Can Tua be a franchise QB?

Can Tua be a franchise QB?

Colin Cowherd explains why he’s assured Tua Tagovailoa can thrive in Mike McDaniels’ offense.

That is why Mike McDaniels’ response to the now-iconic deep completion was becoming.

“What was my reaction? My reaction was they did exactly what I told them to do,” the Dolphins coach mentioned with amusing. “No, that’s not the first time, and it won’t be the last that they’ll connect like that. I was pumped because the exciting part to me was that Tua did it at the appropriate time. He wasn’t just throwing a long ball. He read the defense, and that’s what he felt, and he did it with conviction.”

Tagovailoa is a game-manager who follows the script. He does not make the sorts of throws Josh Allen and Patrick Mahomes try. They will get away with the passes that coaches instruct their gamers to not make, as a result of they’re uniquely gifted — two of the very best throwers on the planet. Tua has to comply with the principles. He operates inside them. He does not deserve criticism for that. However that enjoying type brings limitations. 

The criticism surrounding Tagovailoa’s deep recreation is grounded in statistics. However even there — it is muddled. His common depth of goal (7.4) was thirty fifth within the NFL amongst quarterbacks with 150 makes an attempt or extra in 2021, per Professional Soccer Focus. His yards per try (6.8) was the twenty first finest within the NFL amongst passers with 150 or extra makes an attempt. Backside line: he did not throw the ball downfield usually. 

When he did assault the deep third, he was among the many best passers within the NFL. He accomplished 48.3% of his deep passes (20+ yards), which was third-best within the NFL behind the Cardinals’ Kyler Murray and Chargers’ Justin Herbert.

However with the small pattern dimension, it is truthful to wonder if Tagovailoa can maximize the efficiency of the Dolphins’ receivers group, which boasts overwhelming velocity from Hill and Jaylen Waddle.

McDaniel confronted a query about whether or not he felt it was difficult to scheme across the receivers’ velocity.

“It’s kind of like the difficulties — the guy who has three yachts has deciding which yacht to pick. No, there’s not difficulties with that. It’s very desirable. We’re very fortunate,” McDaniel mentioned in a current press convention. “I think that they’re not fast guys, they’re fast football players and that’s the coolest part about them and why we don’t really have issues.”

Tyreek Hill says Tua is “most accurate” QB within the NFL

Tyreek Hill says Tua is "most accurate" QB in the NFL

Tyreek Hill was quoted saying Tua’s “fundamentals are on point,” and he was the “most accurate QB in the NFL”. Jason McCourty and Colin Cowherd consider Hill’s feedback.

With Hill, Waddle and Cedric Wilson at receiver, Tagovailoa has the arsenal to succeed. No query. With McDaniel — one of many NFL’s most promising younger coaches — the Dolphins quarterback ought to take leaps ahead in his evolution as a quarterback. 

However even then, nobody will agree about what Tagovailoa is — and is not. Nobody will dissect him with nuance. 

If he succeeds, he’ll be a product of McDaniel and Hill. 

If Tagovailoa flops, he’ll be a bust. 

And there is one thing hilarious in regards to the radioactive and erratic vitality that surrounds a quarterback whose recreation is constructed upon steadiness and consistency.

Previous to becoming a member of FOX Sports activities because the AFC East reporter, Henry McKenna spent seven years overlaying the Patriots for USA TODAY Sports activities Media Group and Boston Globe Media. Observe him on Twitter at @McKennAnalysis.

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