The Dolphins had a chance to clinch a playoff berth against the Bills. Instead, Tua Tagovaila fell flat on his face in the biggest game of the season.
Tua Tagovailoa had a golden opportunity to cement his status as the Dolphins’ starting quarterback with a victory over the Bills on Sunday.
Instead of securing a playoff berth, Tua turned in a nightmare performance against a surprisingly motivated Buffalo team. Predictably, Dolphins fans on Twitter took to the social media platform to air their grievances.
The Dolphins were still within striking distance of the Bills when Tagovailoa made arguably his most damaging throw. The pick-six to Josh Norman effectively ended any chances Miami had of making a miraculous comeback.
Ironically, Tagovailoa entered today’s game as one of the best rookie quarterbacks we’ve seen in terms of TD:INT ratio. Suffice it to say that his performance against the Bills erased a great deal of the goodwill he’d previously banked.
It’s worth noting that Miami didn’t have its usual backup for this game. Ryan Fitzpatrick missed the game due to the NFL’s COVID-19 protocols. Many fans wonder if a little bit of Fitzmagic might have been enough to save the Dolphins season.
The big question Dolphins fans want to be answered now is whether or not they can still sneak into the postseason. To make that happen, they’ll need the Colts to somehow find a way to lose to the Jaguars. If they don’t manage to make the playoffs, there will be lots of questions about whether or not Miami should be in the market for a new quarterback in April’s NFL Draft.
At the very least, Tua Tagovialoa’s grip on the starting quarterback job was loosened significantly by his disastrous performance against the Bills. The Dolphins will now, at the very least, consider drafting an elite prospect over him in the draft. That would not have been the case had he played decent football in Buffalo.