Alabama football and Miami Dolphins fans want to see Tua play.
It has been 10 months since Tua Tagovailoa took his last snap for Alabama football. Since then, fans have been waiting for his return. After two weeks of his NFL career with the Miami Dolphins, fans are going to have to wait a little longer.
The Dolphins kept Tua on the bench against the Buffalo Bills despite early struggles from Ryan Fitzpatrick. After a solid comeback attempt, the Dolphins lost 31-28. Miami is now 0-2 on the year with a couple of divisional losses. They will face an easier opponent next week in the Jaguars before playing against the Seahawks and 49ers.
With such a slow start for the Miami Dolphins, fans are getting restless. They realize that Tua is their future, but it’s always hard to watch your team lose with a potentially superior player on the bench. Some took to Twitter to vent their frustrations.
These frustrations are valid, but the best thing for Tua is to wait. Miami’s offensive line is incapable of keeping a clean pocket. If Tua can get hurt behind the Alabama football offensive line, he could easily take a rough hit in Miami. The O-line needs to show growth, and Tua needs time in practice to learn how to get rid of the ball quickly.
However, the Miami Dolphins might not do what’s in Tua’s best interests. They have their jobs on the line as well. If Miami’s GM or head coach believes that they are on the hot seat, they will do whatever it takes to win now. At that point, you are no longer building for the future.
Many fans realize that the smart thing to do is be patient with Tua. Plenty of NFL careers have had slow starts due to premature playing time. However, everyone wants to see Tua. If you could promise Tua’s health, you would definitely start him. With that not being a guarantee, we all have to just sit and wait for him to get his chance.
It’s not ideal, but the Miami Dolphins are doing the right thing. There will be a lot of pressure for him to play if Miami continues to struggle, but they appear to be standing firm so far. Alabama football fans will have to wait a while to see their Hawaiian prince play again.