We’ve heard it all season long, especially early on, that the Dolphins were tanking for Tua Tagovailoa. A narrative that was created by one of the drama queen reporters of the Miami Dolphins from the Miami Herald and picked up by the national media.
Well a funny thing happened on the way towards tanking, the Dolphins actually were never tanking in the first place and Tua Tagovailoa suffered an unfortunate hip injury that could potentially be career threatening.
So the talk of tanking has been derailed and in many cases Tua Tagovailoa has dropped down the draft board while some are still waiting to see what his decision will be moving forward, will he enter the draft or go back to Alabama for his senior season and increase his draft stock for the 2021 NFL draft.
If I were to advise him the latter would be my choice to go back to Alabama because his injury history has a lot of teams questioning if he’s worth the risk. Something that should be under consideration for the Dolphins.
With all that being said the Dolphins will have to draft Tua with their first pick if he decides to enter the 2020 NFL draft. Miami can ill afford to pass up on another potential franchise quarterback as their history has been plagued with bad decisions at the quarterback position.
Even winning three meaningless games this year has put the Dolphins out of position to have the first overall pick and maybe select Joe Burrow, it’s so reminiscent of them losing out on Andrew Luck and having to settle for Ryan Tannehill in the 2012 NFL draft by winning meaningless games.
And we all remember when Nick saban chose Dante Culpepper over Drew Brees and many fans still hold it against the Dolphins for taking Jake Long over QB Matt Ryan in 2008 with the first overall pick.
Even recently the controversy (if the story is true) that the Dolphins passed up on Lamar Jackson despite the owner Steven Ross suggesting that they trade down and draft Lamar Jackson in the 2018 NFL draft.
Lamar Jackson is having an MVP season for the Baltimore Ravens who took a chance on him. While our selection Minkah Fitzpatrick is a Pro Bowl player for the Pittsburgh Steelers because he did not want to play for our Dolphins and was traded.
Can you imagine the backlash from all the backseat drivers if the Dolphins pass up on Tua Tagovailoa and he turns out to be a franchise quarterback for some other team in the NFL?
That’s why I say the Dolphins will be forced to take Tua Tagovailoa if he declares for the 2020 NFL draft and he is on the board when Miami selects with their first pick in that draft.
The Miami Dolphins have had a horrendous history at the quarterback position ever since the greatest of all time in a Miami Dolphins uniform (Dan Marino) retired.
The closest that we’ve come to a decent quarterback was Ryan Tannehill who at least created a bridge between Dan Marino and hopefully the next franchise quarterback that we have yet to identify.
We’re talking over 20 years ago and the Dolphins storied history has become a blur due to father time, the last time the Miami Dolphins actually won a super Bowl was just about 47 years ago in1973 following back-to-back super Bowl championships in 1972 and 1973. The last time the Dolphins have actually been in the super Bowl was in 1984 just about 36 years ago.
This current Dolphins team needs so much more than just a quarterback but the truth of the matter is no matter what you have if you don’t have a franchise quarterback your chances of winning the super Bowl are greatly diminished.
Yes, there have been teams that have won the super Bowl without a franchise quarterback by having a solid defense and a good run game, as well as an adequate managing quarterback teams have won super bowls.
But they have never created the sustainability of being a dynasty, most teams that get to the dynasty level usually have one of two things in place, a Hall of Fame coach or a Hall of Fame quarterback and when you have both you have a perennial playoff contender and potential super Bowl winner and you need look no further than the New England Patriots.
That is where the Dolphins want to get to a perennial playoff team and super Bowl contender and hopefully bring home a championship sometime in the near future.
So you see why the Dolphins cannot pass up on Tua Tagovailoa if he enters the NFL draft they cannot risk losing out on another potential franchise quarterback.
The Dolphins must roll the dice and take him with their first pick in the 2020 NFL draft if he enters, the fortunite thing is that the Dolphins have three first round picks in the upcoming NFL draft as well as two second round picks, so they will have an opportunity to add more talent beyond the risk of drafting Tua with their first pick.
This upcoming off-season is critical for this current management team, they must hit on free agent signings and at least half their draft picks. (currently projecting 14 picks.)
If they fail to do that this team can be set back many more years. If Tua Tagovailoa Is sitting on a board when the Dolphins make their selection It will be a huge risk either way they go.