Miami Herald Columnist: Dolphins Should Start Tua Tagovailoa Now

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The Dolphins have started the season 1-3, and they’re pretty squarely behind the Bills and Patriots in the AFC East pecking order. At some point, the drums are going to bang loudly to throw Tua Tagovailoa, the no. 5 overall pick in the NFL Draft, out there over Ryan Fitzpatrick. That time has come, writes Armando Salguero in the Miami Herald:

“After home games at Hard Rock Stadium, the Miami Dolphins braintrust that includes coach Brian Flores and general manager Chris Grier, often move their workday to their training facility in Davie. And there, after watching film of that day’s game, the men sometimes meet to discuss the direction of the team and plans for the days ahead.”

“Well, if the head coach and general manager didn’t ask themselves, ‘What are we doing?’ after Sunday’s loss to the Seattle Seahawks, something is amiss. If the two men haven’t had the talk about benching quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick in favor of rookie Tua Tagovailoa something is wrong. Because it is time. It is time for the Dolphins to let Tua Tagovailoa play.”

Tagovailoa sustained a hip injury last season at Alabama, but by all accounts that injury healed prior to the NFL Draft. Rookie quarterbacks Joe Burrow and Justin Herbert have come in and looked NFL-ready early this season for the Bengals and Chargers. So Salguero is right. It’s time for the Dolphins to throw Tagovailoa out there and see what he has.


Written by Ryan Glasspiegel

Ryan Glasspiegel grew up in Connecticut, graduated from University of Wisconsin-Madison, and lives in Chicago. Before OutKick, he wrote for Sports Illustrated and The Big Lead. He enjoys expensive bourbon and cheap beer.


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