Alabama Football: Tua and Dolphins control destiny

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Alabama football could see three quarterbacks in the NFL Playoffs

The NFL season has been wild, and Alabama football‘s Tua Tagovailoa has experienced every twist and turn imaginable. He was injured early in the year, and the Dolphins became 1-7 on the year. During this downturn, many expected the Dolphins to trade for Tua’s replacement.

Now, Miami is 7-7. With three games left on the schedule, the Dolphins control their own destiny when it comes to the NFL Playoffs. If they win these games, they will reach the postseason in Tagovailoa’s second year with the team.

This took more than Miami’s wins to happen. Pittsburgh’s loss to Kansas City cleared the path, and Buffalo’s upset over New England boosted the odds for the Dolphins. Now, Alabama football’s Tua Tagovailoa needs to lead his team to a 3-0 record against the Saints, Titans and Patriots.

This is still a hard stretch for Miami. New Orleans has to start Ian Book at quarterback, but they are still solid on defense and have a great home crowd. The Titans game will also be on the road for Miami, and the season-ending matchup with the Patriots will be against the greatest head coach in the history of the NFL. If they win out, they will have earned the right to compete for a Super Bowl.

Regardless of how Miami does, Tua has proven himself to be an NFL quarterback. He’s one of the most accurate quarterbacks in the NFL, and he’s proving doubters wrong by throwing deep balls. He doesn’t have the strongest arm, but he has insane touch and accuracy and an arm that is strong enough to win in the NFL. His offensive line is improving, and he is showing what he can do with time in the pocket.

There remains the possibility that Tua, Mac Jones and Jalen Hurts all make the NFL Playoffs. The chances are slim, but there is a path for all three teams. That would be a first for Alabama football in the Saban era.

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We’ll see if the Dolphins still control their own destiny after playing the Saints on the road.