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Report: Some Dolphin players not on board with Tua starting in 2021

1/13/2021 2:06:01 PM
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Multiple Miami Dolphins players are not sold on Tua Tagovailoa as their starting quarterback in 2021 according to Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald.

In response to last week's pronouncement by GM Chris Grier will be the the guy in 2021, one unnamed player said: “I understand what they said. But I don’t understand why.”  And Salguero cited three other unnamed players as saying that they hope he will improve but adding that Tua was not "outstanding" as a rookie.

It is easy (and kind of lousy) to complain about one of your teammates without having to go on the record by using your name but Salguero's report highlights some uncomfortable truths about the team's fortunes with their rookie QB under center.  Tua wasn't outstanding in 2020 and it puts extra pressure on him that Justin Herbert-taken just one pick after him last spring-put up one of the best rookie QB seasons ever for the Los Angeles Chargers and is the runaway favorite for Offensive Rookie of the Year.  The gap between Tua and Herbert already seems immense and it cannot boost his teammates' confidence in him that head coach Brian Flores repeatedly benched Tua for veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick in tough situations.  Fitz seemed to operate as a relief pitcher in a league where starters virtually always go the distance.

There seems little chance the Dolphins will re-sign Fitzpatrick and it is unknown if the Dolphins will sign another veteran to use in that relief role.  The team owns the No.3-overall pick in the 2021 draft thanks to the Houston Texans and they would not be doing their due diligence if they did not thoroughly evalute all of the top-rated quarterbacks in the draft.  It seems very unlikely that they will actually draft a QB in the first round of back-to-back drafts but it is not unheard of-ask the Arizona Cardinals whether they would rather have Josh Rosen or Kyler Murray.

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