Is Dolphins’ Tua Tagovailoa primed for Year 3 breakout?

Tua Tagovailoa is getting into his third season with the Miami Dolphins, and the decision continues to be out on whether or not the 24-year-old is a franchise quarterback.

His surrounding circumstances would appear to be way more favorable.

This season might be Tagovailoa’s first below new Dolphins head coach Mike McDaniel, who joins Miami after spending final yr because the offensive coordinator for the San Francisco 49ers and greater than a decade below Kyle Shanahan. Maybe the QB-coach pairing might be extra harking back to Tua’s three years at Alabama, the place he thrived below Nick Saban and offensive coordinators Brian Daboll (2017), Mike Locksley (2018) and Steve Sarkisian (2019).

On Thursday’s “The Herd,” Colin Cowherd broke down why he thinks Tagovailoa is “going to pop” this season with McDaniel and his workers.

“All of us in life do better when we are supported,” Cowherd stated. “He entered the NFL [with an] intense defensive head coach. The relationship was all about agitation and turbulence. He didn’t get the weapons he needed. It was gonna be a run-first, play defense and special teams organization. And there were constant rumors of him being replaced, and it affected him.

“Enter a brand new offensive head coach, solely good issues, help 24/7 on the podium, acquired him nice weapons and he has had one of the best camp simply — from all of the Miami media observers — of his life. Every little thing there may be assist and help, and he is enjoying higher. … I believe he is gonna have a very nice yr, and I believe they’re gonna make the playoffs.”

Can Tua Tagovailoa be the Miami Dolphins’ franchise QB?

Can Tua Tagovailoa be the Miami Dolphins' franchise QB?

Colin Cowherd explains why he’s assured in Tagovailoa this season.

McDaniel, considered one of many brightest offensive minds within the recreation, represents a marked distinction from the defensive-minded Brian Flores.

Miami has additionally made a number of splashes in free company in an effort to bolster its offense, together with buying and selling for former Kansas Metropolis Chiefs receiver Tyreek Hill, who lately stated Tagovailoa is extra correct than former teammate Patrick Mahomes.

These modifications goal to mild a much-needed spark in Tagovailoa’s recreation, which has fallen in need of expectations within the NFL. He is appeared in solely 23 out of a doable 33 video games, largely attributable to accidents, since being chosen fifth total within the 2020 NFL Draft. To date, he has thrown for 4,467 yards, 27 touchdowns and 15 interceptions, whereas finishing 66.2% of his passes en path to a 13-8 document as a starter.

Over that span, Tagovailoa ranks twenty ninth in passing yards per recreation (181.7) and twenty fourth in passer ranking (88.8). What’s extra, he is had simply three video games with 300-plus passing yards. Final season, Tagovailoa boasted a 68.3 offense grade from Professional Soccer Focus (twenty fifth amongst 37 QBs) and a 67.3 passing grade (twenty third).

The Dolphins completed third within the AFC East final season at 9-8, lacking the playoffs for the fifth consecutive yr. Tagovailoa was simply two years outdated the final time Miami gained a playoff recreation (2000). The Fins have remained nearly irrelevant on the nationwide stage for the previous twenty years, however that might all change this season due to the rejuvenated lefty QB and revamped teaching workers. 

Tagovailoa will get his first likelihood to point out what he is working with this season when he takes on former Crimson Tide teammate Mac Jones and the New England Patriots in Week 1.

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