With the fifth-overall decide within the 2020 NFL Draft, the Miami Dolphins chosen Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa. He started his rookie season backing up starter Ryan Fitzpatrick, just for the Dolphins to show to the rookie after the crew’s bye week. In 10 9 begins (plus a final-minute look earlier than the bye), Tagovailoa threw for 1,814 yards on a 64.1-percent completion charge with 11 touchdowns and 5 interceptions, together with 36 rushes for 109 yards and three touchdowns.
His efficiency was removed from excellent, nevertheless it regarded lots like a rookie quarterback making an attempt to determine the NFL. Tagovailoa was a rookie who didn’t have an offseason or coaching camp program to prepare for the season – and earlier than you level out the identical for Joe Burrow or Justin Herbert – as he was getting back from a fractured and dislocated hip that value him the ultimate third of his 2019 season at Alabama. Tagovailoa was a rookie who confirmed flashes but additionally regarded like a rookie.
What do the Dolphins have in Tagovailoa? That’s the query that many followers and analysts have been asking because the finish of the 2020 season. There was loads of hypothesis that Miami may look to pick one other first-round quarterback this 12 months as they maintain the third-overall choice from a 2019 commerce with the Houston Texans. There has additionally been rumors Miami could possibly be excited about making one other commerce with the Texans, this time focusing on Houston quarterback Deshaun Watson. Do the Dolphins have their franchise quarterback or do they should tackle the place this offseason?
When a Corridor of Fame quarterback takes the time to breakdown the movie of a younger quarterback, it’s definitely worth the pay attention. When it’s your crew’s quarterback, you be sure to concentrate. That state of affairs occurred this previous week as Kurt Warner, a 2017 Professional Soccer Corridor of Fame inductee and the one participant to be in each the Professional Soccer Corridor of Fame and the Area Soccer Corridor of Fame, took a more in-depth take a look at Tagovailoa’s rookie efficiency.
In episode one, Warner takes a take a look at the usage of the Run-Go Choice (RPO) for the Dolphins in addition to Tagovailoa’s skill to know when and the place he wants to make use of fast or scorching reads. He comes away saying Tagovailoa struggled at instances on longer reads and performs, however he was actually robust with regards to fast reads and performs. His accuracy permits him to position the ball completely to avoid the defender.
In episode two, Warner once more appears at how shortly Tagovailoa will get the ball out of his hand. He does, nevertheless, begin to take a look at what occurred when the play took longer to develop or Tagovailoa needed to undergo a number of reads. Whereas a first-read throw was nice for Tagovailoa, when it required additional reads, Tagovailoa regarded like a rookie, Warner mentioned, with some missed reads. He additionally appears at a few of the method from Tagovailoa, utilizing a three-step drop in a fast route from the shotgun for instance of one thing the Dolphins and Tagovailoa want to wash up heading into his second 12 months.
It is usually a humorous second when, breaking down the routes receivers are operating on a play, Warner merely states, “I’m undecided what the idea is right here.” That was a big a part of Miami’s offense this previous season, and possibly a motive they moved on from offseason.
Warner’s closing feedback for the episode deal with Tagovailoa needing to have just a little extra persistence and being aggressive sufficient to assault the protection. He states, that Tagovailoa was hesitant to make a few of the chunk throws and it “damage this crew that wanted extra large performs from the quarterback place.”
Warner got here again in episode three to take a ultimate take a look at Tagovailoa and he begins by admitting that we noticed moments of Miami’s quarterback being aggressive and making the chunk throws. Warner says, “To me, if you’re going to be nice on this league, you’ve acquired to at all times be aggressive. You’ve acquired to at all times look to make that large play, even when it results in a few errors that places stress on the protection.” He then turns again to the movie to point out, Tagovailoa will be that man and he is not only a “recreation supervisor.”
Warner clearly sees the potential Tagovailoa must be a star within the league. On one throw in opposition to the Chiefs, he appeared amazed with what Tagovailoa did, exclaiming, “It doesn’t get any higher than that,” as he rewound the tape a number of instances. He continued on the identical play, saying, “That may be a cash throw on the second degree, so don’t sit again and say ‘Tua can’t do it.’ Tua can do it, he simply must be extra aggressive like this.”
The abstract of what Miami has in Tagovailoa, in keeping with Warner, got here in the midst of the episode, when he mentioned, “Hey, he can do that, he simply must belief himself, belief his arm, belief his eyes extra usually and make extra of [the highlighted throw against the Chiefs] for the Dolphins.”
Tagovailoa must develop the purpose the place, as Warner mentioned, he doesn’t “accept these little test downs.”
The flashes are there and the Dolphins may have a particular quarterback, however Tagovailoa, as Warner stresses all through all three episodes, simply must be extra affected person. That ought to come because the velocity of the sport slows down for Miami’s now second-year quarterback.