Tua Tagovailoa will know the playbook and will be ready for 2021


The speak about Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa doesn’t finish. He’s both the best quarterback anybody has ever seen, or he’s a nugatory schlub underneath heart who ought to by no means contact a soccer once more. Okay, each of these could also be hyperbole, however there all the time appears to be a continuing debate on precisely who Tagovailoa is and if the Dolphins ought to transfer ahead with him.

Bear in mind when quarterbacks used to sit down for his or her rookie yr, studying and adjusting to the velocity of the sport earlier than being thrust into the lineup? Bear in mind when a rookie quarterback who was instantly thrust into the lineup was giving the advantage of the doubt for his or her rookie season? Now, it’s present the world you’re a first-ballot Corridor of Fame choice in your first 9 begins, or have everybody spend all the offseason speaking about how your crew wants to interchange you.

Tagovailoa didn’t have a stellar rookie season. He didn’t precisely have a horrible one both.

Throwing for 3,739 yards (233.7 yards per recreation) on only a 56.7-percent completion price with 26 touchdowns and a league-high 28 interceptions for a 71.2 passer ranking is unacceptable and must be improved.

Oh, I’m sorry. That was Payton Manning’s rookie season.

As a substitute, Tagovailoa threw for 3,284 yards (205.3 yards per recreation) on a 60.8 completion price with 17 touchdowns and 11 interceptions for a 76.9 passer ranking. Nonetheless not adequate.

I did it once more. That was Drew Brees in his first season because the starter for the San Diego Chargers.

Time to attempt once more. Tagaovailoa threw for two,074 yards (172.8 yards per recreation) on 52.8 p.c completions with 10 touchdowns and 12 interceptions, a 67.9 passer ranking.

Oh, wait. Josh Allen’s rookie marketing campaign.

How about 3,089 yards (193.1 yards per recreation) on a 58.8 p.c completion with 20 touchdowns and 9 interceptions for an 85.3 passer ranking.

Josh Allen’s second yr.

Joe Burrow final yr threw for two,688 yards (268.8 yards per recreation) with 13 touchdowns and 5 interceptions, am 89.8 passer ranking.

Tagovailoa threw for 1,814 yards (181.4 yards per recreation) on a 64.1-percent completion price with 11 touchdowns and 5 interceptions for an 87.1 passer ranking. I believe he’s going to be okay.

Tagovailoa opened himself to dialogue this previous week when he admitted it was not as simple for him to be taught Miami’s playbook:

“You’re making an attempt to be taught a bunch of various issues and also you’re making an attempt to not solely be taught an offense, however be taught your method to work or be taught guys’ names. I didn’t even know the place the quarterbacks’ room was or [where] the complete crew assembly room was. You get in right here and your mind is making an attempt to determine numerous various things. Day-after-day that goes by it’s getting a bit of bit higher. I’m glad we’re not enjoying a recreation this Sunday — I’m glad we’ve time to organize. It’s been a very good week or so being in right here and I believe I’m going to reap the benefits of the chance to enhance myself in order that I will be the very best quarterback for this crew that this crew actually deserves. These guys are working actually exhausting and I need to are available in right here and do an important job for them.”

Oops. That was 20-year vet Tom Brady, used to the NFL recreation, understanding methods to put together for a season and having been by way of the entire rigors of the preseason and turning into knowledgeable, speaking about making an attempt to regulate to shifting to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers final yr. Sure, that was a preseason quote, however in a yr with no offseason coaching program, no preseason, no skill to get into the crew services and prepare for the yr, Brady needed to depend on 20 years of expertise. Tagovailoa didn’t have that background. He additionally was not the starter to start the yr, with Ryan Fitzpatrick receiving the first-team repetitions within the truncated coaching camp and early-season practices.

Tagovailoa’s precise assertion to the media was:

Nicely, I believe final yr for me, final yr wasn’t – I wasn’t as snug simply on the whole. I wasn’t snug calling performs. I believe the fellows that we had final yr have been phenomenal. I simply didn’t have the comfortability of form of checking performs, alerting performs and doing that. I simply rode with the play even when I knew in a manner that it wasn’t going to work. I used to be going to attempt to make it work nonetheless. However the firepower that we’ve this yr, it’s good however you’ve bought to get it out to them too. In the event you’re in a position to shield your self after which get it out to them and have them make performs, you then’ll be good.

Really, what I’m saying is that I didn’t really know the playbook essentially actually, actually good; and that’s on nobody else’s fault however my fault. Our play calls have been easy after I was in. I didn’t have alerts and checks whereas now, feeling extra snug, I can form of maneuver my manner by way of this stuff now.

Bear in mind when Ryan Tannehill was not allowed to audible out of performs? Bear in mind when Jimmy Johnson took away Dan Marino – DAN MARINO’s – skill to take a look at of performs?

Is it actually a shock {that a} rookie quarterback who was not set to begin to start the season might query his verify and audible calls? Tagovailoa was not saying he was on the market making up performs as a result of he didn’t know the playbook. He was saying he was not snug with making the proper name to the proper play with an audible. He may acknowledge the play might not work, however he didn’t really feel prepared to vary the play both.

Ryan Fitzpatrick knew Chan Gailey’s playbook. He knew the checks and the audibles. He needed to be taught the specifics of the system as Gailey modified it for the Dolphins in 2020, however the fundamentals have been already there. Tagovailoa needed to be taught all the factor, in a yr the place he didn’t actually get an opportunity to work with the coaches and the receivers till simply earlier than the season. Is it a shock that – once more, with out getting nearly all of the first-team snaps in coaching camp or the early-season practices – a rookie quarterback didn’t transition from studying the essential playbook and play calls to having the ability to be 100% in charge of the offense and in a position to easily audible the play name?

Sure, Tagovailoa mentioned one thing you don’t typically hear a quarterback say. He didn’t come out with cliches. He didn’t attempt to say his hip was a problem. He admitted that he wanted to really feel extra snug with the playbook. And, he admitted that he’s prepared to try this this season.

He had his bachelor’s diploma final yr in NFL playbooks. This yr, he is able to transfer on to his grasp’s and PhD ranges.

This yr, with a full praise of weaponry round him, a (hopefully) improved offensive line, and a full offseason program to organize for the yr, Tagovailoa ought to be extra snug with the sport, his function, and the playbook. The Dolphins teaching workers is constructing a brand new playbook this yr, taking components of final yr’s scheme and adjusting them to suit the 2021 version of the crew. All the crew might be studying the playbook collectively. They are going to be taught the checks collectively. They are going to be taught the audibles collectively. And they’re going to all be snug with the play calling and playbook collectively.

Tagovailoa might be higher in 2021, and it’ll not be as a result of he didn’t know the playbook in 2020. Will probably be as a result of he won’t be a rookie anymore.


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