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The disappointing season of the rookie from Tua Tagovailoa makes the teammates from Miami Dolphins question his abilities, according to Armando Salguero from Miami Herald.
General Manager Chris Greer said last week that he wasit is clear that Tua is our starter “will enter 2021
“I understand what they said,” said one player. “But I don’t understand why.”
“I don’t know, man, it’s like a puzzle right there,” added another player.
Tagovailoa has a total of 1,814 passing yards with 11 touchdowns and five interceptions in 10 appearances this season, after being selected as No. 5 overall in the NFL 2020 draft.
Veteran quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick – who started the season as a team starter – had 23 fewer attempts to serve in 2020, but had more yards (2,091) and a touchdown (13) with a much better QBR (77.3 against 52.9).
Players were reportedly “caught completely unprepared” when the Dolphins placed Fitzpatrick for Tagovailoa in week 8.
Miami finished 10-6 this season, mostly thanks to a defense that was in fifth place on allowed points, while adding three non-offensive touchdowns. The team has the talent to be a leading contender in the AFC, but it will need more than the position of quarterback.
Players “aren’t convinced Tagovailoa will be great in the future,” according to Salguero, and are wondering if he can pair with AFC stars like Patrick Mahomes of Kansas City and Josh Allen of Buffalo.
“These are the boys we have to beat, right?” said the defender. “At the moment, it looks like it’s going to be a big challenge.”
It seems that the front office and coaching staff still believe in Tagovailoa. The quarterback was recovering from a hip injury in Alabama that cost him much of last season, while a lack of preseason games could also hurt his development.
A whole year as a starter could help him reach the potential he showed when he was healthy in college. However, he may have a difficult battle to convince his teammates that he is the right person for the job.