Tua Not Named Captain For Dolphins

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The Dolphins’ confidence in Tua Tagovailoa remains a mystery.

When the Dolphins coaching staff announced the team captains on Wednesday, they excluded the QB from their selections. Reported by Yahoo Sports, offensive tackle Jesse Davis and receiver Mack Hollins were named the offensive captains, while safety Jason McCourty and linebacker Elandon Roberts were nominated on the defensive side. Special teams player Clayton Fejedelm was also named to the group.

Tua’s rising stock in Miami led fans to believe that he could earn a team captain spot, likely over surprise pick Hollins, but the coaching staff had other ideas.

As reported by OutKick’s Armando Salguero, Miami’s refusal to douse the heated trade talks for Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson heavily implies that Miami isn’t ready to risk it all with Tua as the starter. When pressed by the media over the trade talks, head coach Brian Flores provided calculated answers regarding the team’s support for Tua over Watson — keeping the door open for Deshaun, and temporarily pledging dedication to Tua.

Not earning a slot as captain certainly raises the stakes for Tua Tagovailoa in the approaching season. The Alabama product starred in nine games in 2020, finishing the year with 14 total touchdowns, five interceptions and a QBR of 52.5 (26th among active NFL quarterbacks).

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Written by Alejandro Avila

Alejandro Avila lives in Southern California and previously covered news for the LA Football Network. Jeopardy expert and grumpy sports fan that has watched every movie.


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  1. Those wanting to be a captain entered their name. From those who entered, the captains were chosen. I’d not be surprised Tua spoke to the team in his modest manner..”hey guys, let me show you what I can do first.” That would be SO Tua…and why so many Dolphin fans love the guy and want him to succeed…and why the writer doesn’t. BTW, most fans didn’t give a crap about this prior to the naming. More click bait. Outkick can do better.

    • First of all how do you know how captains are chosen? Every team does it differently. The Titans, for instance, let the team vote for their Captains. So whether the team or the coaches choose the captains, it’s not a good look that Tua wasn’t chosen, whether the fans like it or not.

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