Sean Payton Thinks Tua Will Be Benched At Some Point This Season

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We’re less than a week into the 2022 NFL regular season and Sean Payton has some SPICY takes on Dolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa.

The embattled signal-caller played decent in Sunday’s win over New England, throwing for 270 yards and a touchdown in his first game with Mike McDaniel in his ear.

The Dolphins dominated the game from start to finish, never trailed, and pretty much put it to bed right before the half when Tua hit Jaylen Waddle in stride on 4th and 7 for a long touchdown.

It wasn’t enough to impress former Saints coach Sean Payton, though. 

“I think at some point we’ll see Tua (benched) in Miami,” he told Colin Cowherd earlier this week. “I think at some point – and they played well (Sunday) with Tua. But Teddy Bridgewater, I’ve had before, he’s an outstanding player.”

Dolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa apparently doesn’t have a fan in Sean Payton. (Photo by Megan Briggs/Getty Images)

Would the Dolphins bench Tua Tagovailoa for Teddy Bridgewater?

For Tua’s sake, it’s probably a good think Payton didn’t come to Miami when the Dolphins reportedly courted him earlier this year.

For what it’s worth, Bridgewater looked awful during the preseason and is probably more likely to be traded than to replace Tua, especially with seventh-rounder Skylar Thompson earning a roster spot after an outstanding preseason.

Payton went on to say that he believes eight teams will use two quarterbacks at some point this season. Eight!

That’s a quarter of the league, for you analytic people.

“I counted eight teams where I believe we’re going to see multiple quarterbacks play,” he added. Not relative to injury, but a controversy, if you will.”

Will Sean Payton coach again? (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
Sean Payton isn’t a fan of Tua Tagovailoa. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Well, clearly Tua and the Dolphins are team No. 1. Who else we got?

Gotta be the 49ers, right? Did you see Trey Lance on Sunday?

Both the Titans and Falcons have rookie QBs waiting in the wings, so do the Steelers. That’s five. I’ll say the Seahawks, Panthers and Payton’s old team, the Saints, bring us to eight.

Am I forgetting an obvious one? Tell us below!


Written by Zach Dean

Zach grew up in Florida, lives in Florida, and will never leave Florida ... for obvious reasons. He's a reigning fantasy football league champion, knows everything there is to know about NASCAR, and once passed out (briefly!) during a lap around Daytona. He swears they were going 200 mph even though they clearly were not.

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  1. The Saints? I mean if Winston gets injured, sure. Not saying I have full faith and confidence in Winston, but I don’t see Andy Dalton making an amazing comeback.

    I was thinking the Jets and Washington, and that is not accounting for injury, just on level of play

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