Three Dolphins Teammates 'Didn't See Enough' for Tua Tagovailoa to Be Named 2021 Starting QB

Earlier this month, Dolphins general manager Chris Grier proclaimed that Tua Tagovailoa would be the team's starting quarterback next season. Whenever you see a quote like this from an NFL spokesperson, take it with a grain of salt. It might be true, might not be -- when someone has to explicitly say a job is safe, that always means the door is open at least a sliver.

Anyways, after Grier's remarks, several Dolphins players told Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald that they didn't think Tagovailoa showed enough this past season to earn that vote of confidence. From the story:

"And that caught the attention of at least three players within the team because they have told the Herald in recent days they didn’t see enough from Tagovailoa in 2020 to promise him, well, anything for next season. 'I understand what they said,' one player said. “But I don’t understand why.” These players said they remain hopeful Tagovailoa will improve, but admitted he was not outstanding as a rookie, in their opinions."

"But the concerning thing to the players who spoke to the Herald is they are not convinced Tagovailoa is going to be great in the future. They said they were unimpressed by Tagovailoa during training camp to the point they thought he wouldn’t be ready to play in 2020. They said they were 'caught totally off guard,' as one put it, when Tagovailoa was named the starter the seventh game of the season."