Whereas rumors will at all times persist, it sounds just like the Dolphins are going to stay with their present QB. In line with NFL Community’s Ian Rapoport, Tua Tagovailoa is anticipated to be the Dolphins’ beginning quarterback for the 2022 season.
In line with the author, the group has “important” perception within the former fifth total choose. The entrance workplace will not pursue a top-end signal-caller, which might seemingly take them out of the operating for Texans QB Deshaun Watson, whom the group has been linked to for the higher a part of a yr. Whereas the staff’s new head coach is anticipated to “consider each aspect of the soccer staff, together with the QB,” the hope is that the brand new HC will proceed to assist with Tagovailoa’s improvement (vs. pushing for a substitute).
Rapoport provides the caveat that the plan is “barring some type of unexpected incidence,” like a “high-profile QB demanding a commerce to the Dolphins.” That is an fascinating distinction; the franchise received’t pursue a high QB until that high QB explicitly says he desires to play in Miami. This might point out that the report is merely posturing by the Dolphins entrance workplace.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter gives a bit extra context, noting that the firing of Brian Flores was what finally “diminished” the Dolphins’ possibilities of buying Watson. In line with Schefter, Flores was considered one of Watson’s important proponents, whereas proprietor Stephen Ross was on Workforce Tua. Nevertheless, Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com pushes again at this notion, reporting that he’s heard that Ross was “obsessed” with buying the Texans QB.
Tagovailoa handled accidents as soon as once more in 2021, however he nonetheless managed to start out 12 of his 13 video games. The Dolphins went 7-5 in these 12 begins, and the 23-year-old completed the season having accomplished 67.8 p.c of his passes for two,653 yards, 16 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.