Tua Tagovailoa, the electrifying freshman QB for Alabama’s undefeated season who has a litany of Heisman hype this offseason was just too much for Twitter to handle as he threw deep pass that hit Tyreek Hill in OTAs. When asked about it Wednesday afternoon, Tua had some choice words: “I’m not worried about these Twitter warriors.”
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Individual plays in offseason OTAs are basically inconsequential for most NFL players and organizations. Connecting with his newest wide receiver, Tyreek Hill, gave Miami Dolphins third-year quarterback Tua Tagovailoa the confidence to throw trash to all the “Twitter fighters, keyboard warriors” out there.
Tua Tagovailoa, the quarterback for the Miami Dolphins, has struggled in his first two seasons.
Tua Tagovailoa exploded into the scene at Alabama. At halfway of the 2018 national championship game, he replaced Jalen Hurts and led the Crimson Tide to victory.
Nick Saban was able to get another great season out of the native Hawaiian. In 2019, he initially sustained a major ankle injury against Tennessee in October, followed by a season-ending hip injury against Mississippi State a month later. Tagovailoa declared for the 2020 NFL Draft despite his serious injury.
Tagovailoa was selected fifth overall by the Miami Dolphins, one spot ahead of Justin Herbert.
The left-handed thrower’s NFL career has gotten off to a shaky start. He didn’t play until Week 6, and then in Week 7, he received his first start. He shuttled in and out with now-retired journeyman Ryan Fitzpatrick for the remainder of the season.
In the fourth quarter of a crucial Week 16 game against the Las Vegas Raiders, then-head coach Brian Flores famously benched Tagovailoa. With 19 seconds remaining, Fitzpatrick threw a stunning 34-yard throw as a defender tugged him down by his facemask to win the game. However, the Dolphins lost their next game against the Buffalo Bills, 56-26, and were eliminated from the playoffs.
Tagovailoa had a 6-3 record as a starter in his first season, throwing for 1,814 yards, 11 touchdowns, and five interceptions.
Tagovailoa started 12 games in 2021, although backup Jacoby Brissett played in 11 of them. The 6-foot-1, 217-pound quarterback passed for 2,653 yards, 16 touchdowns, and 10 interceptions in his second NFL season. With a 67.8 percent completion percentage, he was also eighth in the league (among qualifying passers).
However, there is a catch to the high completion rate. Last season, Tagovailoa ranked 29th in the league in total air yards. The Tua Haters love to criticize Tua for his inability (or reluctance) to push the ball downfield.
After a particularly impressive pass in the OTAs, Tagovailoa had a message for his detractors.
Tua Tagovailoa on his deep ball, open, cheerful, and a little spicy:
“Twitter warriors, keyboard warriors, whatever you want to call em aren’t out here practicing with us… I don’t know if y’all recorded the last one to Tyreek… I don’t know about you but that looked like money.” pic.twitter.com/bgDpmkLHaI
— Cameron Wolfe (@CameronWolfe) June 2, 2022
The Miami Dolphins are partaking in offseason organized team activities in early June (OTAs). After free agency and the draft, these light, voluntary offseason sessions provide the first occasion for the whole organization to gather together.
The practices themselves usually serve little purpose other than to build some team bonding.
Tua Tagovailoa, on the other hand, thought one play during OTAs this week was significant enough to brag about it to the media and attack his detractors afterward.
Tagovailoa brags to media about his fantastic long-ball to new Dolphins receiver Tyreek Hill at the conclusion of practice. “You said before, ‘the narrative about the arm power,’” a reporter remarked to the quarterback. What are your thoughts on this? That every time someone mentions you, they say, “He can’t throw deep.”
The third-year quarterback stated that he doesn’t always listen to the criticism, but he does hear about it through his team’s public relations representative. Tagovailoa then addressed a message to his detractors:
Anything you want to call them: Twitter warriors, keyboard warriors, or whatever you want to name them. They aren’t practicing with us or putting in the effort. I’m not sure whether you guys recorded the last one to Tyreek, but — pssst [mimics receiving a long ball] — it looked like money to me.
In OTAs, Tua Tagovailoa threw a long throw to Tyreek Hill.
Tagovailoa’s attitude of “we against the world” is a positive indicator. However, with the offensive tools he currently possesses and under new offensive-minded head coach Mike McDaniel, 2022 will be a make-or-break season for the Dolphins quarterback.
The Miami Dolphins have everything an NFL offense need, with the exception of a quarterback.
With Tyreek Hill, Jaylen Waddle, Chase Edmunds, and Raheem Mostert on offense, the Dolphins have a legitimate 4-1 team.
— Carl Jones (@Jones11_) March 23, 2022
The Miami Dolphins are doing all they can to ensure Tua Tagovailoa’s success in 2022. After the Brian Flores controversy, the team hired Mike McDaniel, the offensive coordinator for the San Francisco 49ers and a Kyle Shanahan disciple.
After that, the club traded most of their 2022 selection choices for All-Pro wideout Tyreek Hill of the Kansas City Chiefs. Former New Orleans Saints Pro Bowl lineman Terron Armstead was also signed to a five-year, $87.5 million ($43.37 million guaranteed) deal by general manager Chris Grier.
Hill now heads a skill-position group that includes wide receivers Jaylen Waddle and Cedric Wilson, running backs Chase Edmunds, Sony Michel, and Raheem Mostert, and tight end Mike Gesicki, who were all first-round picks last year.
The Miami offensive line was ranked dead bottom in PFF’s rankings last season. However, with the additions of Armstead and former Dallas Cowboys inside offensive lineman Conner Williams, that unit should be much better.
With so much on the line for Tagovaila in 2022, if he can’t lead the club to its first postseason berth since 2016, the organization may be forced to pick a new quarterback in 2023.
Pro Football Reference provided all stats.
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