Dolphins defender says playing with Tua Tagovailoa is ‘wasting my career’

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The Miami Dolphins selection of quarterback Tua Tagovailoa in the 2020 draft hasn’t exactly panned out the way he or the team would’ve liked.

Miami failed to start Tagovailoa right away and then went back-and-forth between him and Ryan Fitzpatrick to round out his rookie season. Then, in his second season, the former Alabama quarterback suffers multiple injuries that force him to miss five starts.

Now, with a new coach coming into the Dolphins’ locker room in the coming weeks, there are more questions about the team’s future at the quarterback position, and everyone’s talking about it.

One of the most interesting nuggets of information came from a story (subscription required) by the Sun Sentinel’s Omar Kelly earlier in the week that claimed a prominent Dolphins defender wasn’t in support of Tagovailoa keeping his job.

“He can’t make every throw,” an unnamed member of Miami’s defense told Kelly. “He’s only going to take us so far. I’m wasting my career here if that’s what we’re doing.”

It’s not often you hear players talking so candidly about their quarterback, especially one who has a 13-8 record in games he’s started. However, it seems that some players are being honest with themselves and the fact that their ceiling is limited with Tagovailoa.

That’s why there have been so many conversations about Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson. At least one player insinuated to Kelly that they need a guy like that.

“Watson’s an elite quarterback now,” the player told Kelly. “We’re ready to win.”

When Stephen Ross fired Brian Flores on Black Monday, he told the media that the next coach would have the final say in the quarterback decision, but it appears some of the players have already been swayed.

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