Tua fixed a lot of problems with Alabama football. Expect the same in Miami.
One glaring hole for Alabama football through the entire Nick Saban era was at quarterback. While the Crimson Tide could always find a leader who minimized mistakes, they never had a true star under center. That changed when Tua Tagovailoa came to down, and he will do similar things for the Miami Dolphins.
Alabama needed a quarterback who could put all of the pieces together. They had pass-catching running backs, three young receivers, and an overall offense ready to let the ball fly. However, they had questions. Could they win a shootout against a potent offense? How would they unlock the potential of their young receiving corps? Calvin Ridley was receiving the lion’s share of targets, and Alabama needed to rely on a more evenly distributed passing game.
With all of these questions, Tua was the answer. He utilized Josh Jacobs out of the backfield. He never forced the football to any one receiver. Tua didn’t have the running abilities of Jalen Hurts, but he turned Alabama football into an offensive juggernaut.
He answered almost every question for the Crimson Tide, and he will do the same for the Miami Dolphins.
Miami has plenty of questions about how to rebuild. They are spending a lot of cap space on veterans, but their ideal scenario is to be good in three to four years. They are improving offensively, but they need better skill-position players. They also have to go through the New England Patriots and Buffalo Bills if they ever want to win the division.
Tua is the answer for the Miami Dolphins. His accuracy and touch will make his receivers look better than they truly are. He has the youth to build around, but he’s talented enough to speed up the rebuild. His leadership will help rally this team when things get tough. As long as he minimizes rookie mistakes, the defense will have less pressure in short-distance situations.
The only thing he cannot solve is the offensive line. Tua’s biggest flaw is holding the football too long, and that’s what led to many of his injuries in college. However, he’s only going to get better. If he can learn when to give up on the play and protect his body, he will have an incredibly successful NFL career. Fans will have to wait to see it, but watch out for Tua once he finally starts.
Miami has been looking for answers for the past decade, and they finally have some with their new star quarterback.