Tua Tagovailoa’s breakout sport doesn’t equal future success


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Trailing 35-14 heading into the fourth quarter, the Miami Dolphins scored 28 factors inside the remaining physique to cap off a excellent comeback in the direction of the Baltimore Ravens. Miami quarterback Tua Tagovailoa had six touchdown passes on the day, marking simply his second profession sport with greater than two passing touchdowns and his first sport with greater than 4. Tagovailoa was underneath a quantity of stress to carry out this season, and he seemingly silenced a quantity of doubters on Sunday collectively with his comeback in the direction of a stout Ravens protection.

I’m right here to be a unfavorable Nancy although. I’m not saying that Tagovailoa’s efficiency on Sunday wasn’t good. It was. amongst the assorted throws he made have been *makes Italian hand gesture* chef’s kiss! however contemplate the gamers who’ve thrown for six-plus touchdowns in a sport at present. Since 2010, the record contains guys like Patrick Mahomes, Ben Roethlisberger, Aaron Rodgers, Peyton Manning, and Drew Brees, however it additionally contains Ryan Fitzpatrick, Matt Flynn, Nick Foles, and Mitchell Trubisky.

So, there are three decisions it seems, both he falls to irrelevancy like these final three guys, turns into a hall of Famer simply like the essential 5, or continues being a mediocre quarterback who by no means comes shut to that profession day ever as quickly as extra, like Ryan “Fitzmagic” Fitzpatrick. whereas it’d be straightforward to imagine that the third various will happen, Tua’s sport feels fully different than the likes of Flynn, Foles, and Trubisky. For one, Tagovailoa threw for 469 yards (second-most amongst the assorted three quarterbacks listed) with most of that yardage coming in clutch time. If these six scores have been extra unfold out, I’d be much less inclined to place confidence in Tua, however the exact simple actuality that a quantity of that yardage and most of these touchdowns bought here in crunch time reveals a clutch subject we’ve by no means seen in Tua earlier than. Will we see it as quickly as extra? maybe not, however now he’s flashed that facet of him to us and we’re ready to’t ignore it.

That being mentioned, Trubisky’s six-TD efficiency holds a quantity of similarities to Tagovailoa. This was Tua’s second sport in Mike McDaniel’s system. Trubisky had his six-TD sport simply 4 video games into Matt Nagy’s tenure in Chicago. however, the place Trubisky was counting on guys like Tarik Cohen, Taylor Gabriel, and Trey Burton, Tagovailoa had arguably one in all of the most interesting receiving corps inside the NFL. Tua regarded good, however how a lot of his success is in all probability pinned on Tyreek Hill’s sport-breaking velocity, Jaylen Waddle’s elusiveness, or McDaniel’s system? I don’t know. Tua was in a place to land a quantity of these deep photographs to Hill inside the bread basket, however Hill was additionally open. Is it extra spectacular to make these deep throws or for Hill to discover a hole in a secondary that options Marlon Humphrey, Marcus Peters, and Marcus Williams?

All I’m saying is that whereas it’s pleasing to take a have a look at current performances and decide any particular person’s future off a profession sport, it’s in all probability most interesting to temper expectations. in any case, neither Trubisky nor Nagy lasted by way of 4 extra seasons inside the Windy metropolis. I hope issues are fully different in South seashore, however we’re ready to’t make sure simply but.