Tua Tagovailoa at one point last season appeared to be an after thought in the Miami Dolphins’ future plans, as he was mentioned in a possible trade for Deshaun Watson.
However, the Dolphins have changed their coaching staff, and things have changed drastically as the team made it clear that going after Watson is not in their plans anymore.
If the team wanted to give Tua some confidence going into the next season, their GM did not help matters with his answer to a question regarding Tua.
Speaking to the media, Dolphins general manager Chris Grier was asked if Tua can be an elite quarterback. Grier’s response was pretty vague.
“I can’t say he can’t be,” Grier replied.
New head coach Mike McDaniel likes what it sees from the former Alabama quarterback. He shared some thoughts about Tagovailoa on the NFL Network’s “Good Morning Football” on Thursday. He even mentioned Tagovailoa as a possible franchise signal-caller.
“I’m really excited moving forward because the guy has some skills that I think are untapped,” he said. “I think it’s important that you empower the quarterback with the rest of the players around him and the scheme you bring forth. So, I think his best days are in front of him. And that’s a really cool piece of the process to be part of as a coach.”
The Miami Dolphins drafted Tua Tagovailoa No. 5 overall in the 2020 NFL Draft, and in doing so, they passed over Justin Herbert in the process.
In 21 starts, Tua is 13-8 as a starter with 27 touchdowns, and 4,467 passing yards. Despite leading the Dolphins to two winning seasons, they have yet to reach the playoffs.