I will be the first to admit that I have waffled more on this debate than serving waffles at the waffle house! At first, I was 100% on board on getting Watson and as Tua started to play better I paused and thought that this Tua thing will work.
Now after the last few games of the season I am 100% back on the Watson train and will not get off until he is no longer an option for Miami.
I get it why Tua is so well liked by many of the TuAnon faithful he is a good person at heart, and you want him to succeed but the truth be told he has his limitations and if it all depended on him to step up in big games you need look no further than his two biggest games of his young career @ Buffalo in 2020 for a playoff berth win and we were in! ( T. Tagovailoa35-58, 361 YDS, 1 TD, 3 INT in a loss 56-26) and this season in Tennessee ( T. Tagovailoa18-38, 205 YDS, 1 INT in a loss 34-3)
Now his followers will rightfully say get him more weapons around him and a better offensive line and he will play better and that might be true but that is an admission that he is not good enough to win on his own something Franchise QB’s do!
Former Dolphins head coach Jimmy Johnson said this week on the Colin Cowherd Show that a team can “probably win with Tua but you’ve got to be really great around him.”
Watson on the other hand is a franchise QB who even on a bad, after his best WR was traded team with a bad O-Line put up franchise numbers Watson finished the 2020 season with 4,823 passing yards (the most in the NFL), 33 touchdowns and seven interceptions. His season was, by all major statistical measures, the best in franchise history, leading in passing touchdowns, passing yards and passer rating. He became the first player to lead the league in passing yards on a team with at least 12 losses since Jeff George of the Oakland Raiders in 1997.
Add Watson to this defense and we are talking playoffs and beyond!
I like Tua but he is not the answer and after spending years hoping Ryan Tannehill would step up and deliver, I am no longer willing to do that again, I want Miami to upgrade the position and do whatever is best for Tua. Could he take a backup role? Can some other team find a way to get the most out of him? Those are questions that need to be addressed with Tua. He is not the future at QB for Miami if that is the route, we go than expect Miami to never be in position to do what teams need to do win their division as the way I see it we have with Tua as our starter the worst QB in the AFC East.
That is why Miami MUST upgrade whether it is Watson, Rodgers, or Wilson. It will be a major upgrade and allow us to compete within our division that is getting tougher to compete in as the Jets are likely to get better too.