It has been 22 years since Dan Marino retired from soccer and in that point, the Miami Dolphins nonetheless have not discovered anybody to switch their former star quarterback. Since Marino’s retirement, the Dolphins have churned by means of a complete of twenty-two quarterbacks and after spending practically 20 years searching for somebody to switch him, the crew is hoping that they’ve lastly discovered the reply in Tua Tagovailoa.
Marino has been watching Tagovailoa and though Tua struggled by means of a number of his rookie season, the Dolphins legend continues to be enthusiastic about Tagovailoa’s future in Miami.
“[Tagovailoa’s] been nice. He is been superior. He has all of the expertise on the earth,” Marino stated lately, by way of ESPN.com. “Now it is nearly him growing the connection with the opposite gamers.”
There are a number of causes Tua struggled final yr. For one, he admittedly did not know the playbook in addition to he most likely ought to have, however one purpose for that would have been as a result of he did not get a real offseason as a rookie as a result of pandemic. Since Tua can be getting a full offseason this yr, Marino says that is one purpose why he thinks the second-year quarterback will enhance.
“It has been robust as a result of he did not have OTAs final yr, a number of the summer season camp or the possibility to play in exhibition video games,” Marino stated. “All these issues delay you considerably. … As time goes on, you get a greater deal with [of things]. You understand your folks. That is what OTAs is about, getting your timing down.”
Regardless of struggling at occasions in 2020, Tua did have some success final yr and that ought to assist his growth, in line with Marino.
“He performed rather a lot final yr and when he performed, we received video games,” Marino stated. “We virtually acquired within the playoffs. All that may be a optimistic. You attempt to construct from the positives.”
Because the Dolphins proved earlier this week, even throwing 5 interception in observe generally is a optimistic. Though Tagovailoa acquired grilled on social media for throwing 5 picks on Tuesday, Dolphins coach Brian Flores put a optimistic spin on the efficiency by declaring that the interceptions occurred as a result of Tua was being extra aggressive, which is precisely what the crew needs from him.
From the surface, a five-interception efficiency appears to be like ugly, however Marino and the Dolphins see a QB who’s attempting to get higher.
“He needs to be actually good. And in time, he will get there as a result of that is what kind of child he’s,” Marino stated. “I am going to inform you, he works his butt off. I am actually enthusiastic about him, his future and our future as a crew.”
Though the crew has excessive hopes for Tagovailoa, the quarterback may discover himself on the recent seat early on if the Dolphins stumble out of the gate, which may occur because of their brutal early season schedule. Over the primary 5 weeks, the Dolphins play three groups that went to the playoffs final yr (Payments, Colts, Buccaneers) and within the different two video games, they’re enjoying on the street at New England and on the street at Las Vegas.