5 NFL franchises better suited to the QB Dolphins Tua Tagovailoa
Joe Burrow became No. 1 overall for the Cincinnati Bengals on opening day, leaving Tua Tagovailoa and Justin Herbert on the board for the Dolphins to choose.
Looking back, their choice doesn’t seem to go the way the organization intended, and partly to blame is the situation Tagovailoa found itself in.
The Dolphins have the worst offensive line in the NFL, according to PFF ratings.
That doesn’t begin to tell the whole story, however. This Miami offensive line is not only the worst in the NFL, but it’s a historically bad unit. The group allows the highest pressure rating in the league (43.3% according to PFF’s ranking algorithm).
This leads to a paltry average target depth of 6.9 meters for the second-year quarterback, demonstrating a clear cause and effect relationship.
So, what better place for Tua? I’m glad you asked. I’ve compiled a list of five NFL franchises that would better serve the talent that Tagovailoa brings to the table.
5. Houston Texans
The Texans’ offensive line problems are bad, don’t get me wrong. But that’s not bad enough to be any worse than the unit the dolphins employ.
You could say that with a good mobile quarterback, the offensive line would be able to hold up for at least a little longer than Tua is currently used to.
On the other hand, Houston has one of the worst receiving bodies in the NFL, which puts them at the bottom of this list.
Houston has more potential for Tua to succeed than Miami, but there are definitely better landing spots.
4. Carolina Panthers
Robby Anderson and DJ Moore are the best wide receivers for the Carolina Panthers, but overall the Panthers unit is probably in the middle of the group.
Likewise, if it weren’t for Taylor Moton, the tackle rated as the best in the Panthers roster, Carolina’s offensive line would be downright terrible. During the 12th day against the Dolphins, we can say that OL alone lost the match for the Panthers.
While not as bad a landing point as Houston, it’s not that glamorous of an upgrade at this point for Tua.
3. The Denver Broncos
I would rank the Denver Broncos offensive line in the middle of the pack among NFL teams, which is still significantly better than the current unit it plays behind.
Tackle Garrett Bolles has allowed just five sacks this year and, according to PFF, is the Broncos’ highest ranked offensive lineman this season.
Beyond that, the wide receiver group is one of the best in the country.
Keep in mind that the Broncos may have the best receiving body in terms of potential landing points for Tua, but the receivers he has in Miami aren’t scrubs at all.
Courtland Sutton and Jerry Jeudy may be the best duo that Tagovailoa has a chance to play with in the future if Miami is in the rearview mirror. He already has a relationship with Jeudy, having thrown him numerous touchdowns during three years together in Alabama.
2. Washington football team
There’s no denying that the Washington football team has one of the best offensive line groups in the NFL, but they need a stronger, wide receiver to complete the receiving body.
More importantly, a new quarterback hurts the success of the organization because I can’t imagine them seeing Taylor Heinicke as their franchise quarterback.
Tua is perfect. He would bolster the ranks of former Crimson Tide athletes on a WFT roster that already has four, and playing behind one of the top OLs in the league would go a long way in putting Tagovailoa in the fray.
Terry McLaurin gives him a solid receiver to be his first read and Cam Sims is also a former Crimson Tide receiver in the fold.
1. The Pittsburgh Steelers
“Big” Ben Roethlisberger is in his final year in a Pittsburgh Steelers uniform, which was confirmed after Monday night’s game against the Cleveland Browns.
What’s better than Pittsburgh for Tagovailoa? While the weather is not as good as that of his current Miami home, it is potentially the best situation for both parties.
While the offensive line has faced a ton of adversity this season, they would be greatly helped by Tua’s legs, a trait they’re certainly not used to in a quarterback.
Chase Claypool is shaping up to be one of the best wide receivers in the NFL which would prove to be of great benefit to Tua. Alabama fans remember Tagovailoa’s impeccable precision, and that hasn’t changed in the NFL.
If given enough time, maybe barely 2.5 seconds, Claypool will end up with the ball in his hands, as has happened so many times this season.
Strengthen OL and get more production from Diontae Johnson and you yourself have a dangerous combination for Tua.
The best part is that the head coach has been around for a while, a luxury that was not offered to Tua compared to Brian Flores’ short tenure. Culture is still taking hold in Miami as Pittsburgh has known its culture for several seasons now.
There’s no guarantee the Dolphins will displace Tua this season, but if that happens I’d be a lot happier if he was in a much better situation than his current one.
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