Former NFL basic supervisor Mike Lombardi isn’t impressed with Tagovailoa. He believes the Dolphins rookie hasn’t flashed any of the identical elite abilities that others have proven.
“Inform me what he does elitely with the soccer,” Lombardi stated on his newest episode of “The GM Shuffle” podcast. “He would not have an elite arm. He would not have elite quickness. He would not have elite measurement… They stated it on the printed, he has ‘it.’ Like, what the f–k is ‘it?’ I need to know what ‘it’ is… like, What’s ‘it?!’ I wanna know what the f–k ‘it’ is.”
By means of eight begins, Tagovailoa has led the Dolphins to 6 wins, and he’s thrown 10 touchdowns with solely two interceptions, which is definitely the very best interception proportion within the league.
Nonetheless, it’s clear when Cincinnati Bengals rookie Joe Burrow was wholesome and on the sector, and as soon as Los Angeles Chargers rookie QB Justin Herbert made his look, each gamers have proven that they’ll play at the next degree than Tagovailoa.
In Week 16 towards the Las Vegas Raiders, Tagovailoa was benched in favor of veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick, who led Miami to a 26-25 comeback victory with seconds remaining within the fourth quarter. Earlier than being changed, Tagovailoa threw for 94 yards on 22 go makes an attempt towards one of many worst defenses in all of soccer.
“Each quarterback appears good towards the Raiders protection,” Lombardi stated. “To me that was the most important indictment. Tua could not even look good towards the Raiders protection.”
Lombardi broke down a few of Tagovailoa’s extra troubling stats towards the Raiders and in different video games.
“He averaged 4.27 yards per try,” Lombardi stated. “The most effective sport of his profession was when he performed towards Arizona, he averaged 8.86. I imply he is at 6.26 (on the season). He would not make any performs down the sector, and the final three weeks, he has been sacked 9 instances as a result of he would not have elite quickness, or elite energy to get out of the way in which.”
Dolphins head coach Brian Flores has already made it clear that Tagovailoa will begin for the workforce of their must-win sport towards the Buffalo Payments in Week 17. It will likely be fascinating to see if Flores sticks with the rookie if he struggles, or if he’ll as soon as once more flip the keys over to Fitzpatrick.