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Tua Tagovailoa and the Dolphins take on the Raiders on the Yahoo Sports app

By December 23, 2020December 15th, 2021Sports app

The decision to start No. 5 in the draft has likely received more scrutiny than it deserves.

When Brian Flores announced earlier this season that the Miami Dolphins were changing quarterbacks from Ryan Fitzpatrick to Tua Tagovailoa, it was far from an easily accepted decision. People wondered how the Dolphins could put Fitzpatrick on the bench, especially with the Dolphins on a two-game winning streak and holding a 3-3 record.

It went pretty well. The Dolphins are 5-2 in the Tagovailoa departures and are in seventh and final place in the AFC playoffs as they prepare to face the Las Vegas Raiders on Saturday, a game that can be broadcast live. on the Yahoo Sports app.

Tagovailoa wasn’t perfect, but he showed why the Dolphins trusted him to take the reins of the quarterback.

Tua Tagovailoa played well

The Dolphins’ decision to go to Tagovailoa has been called into question in part because the Fitzpatrick legend has grown up. He’s a fun player to seek out. He may get hot during stretching. But he’s still a 38-year-old limited companion. The uproar around him was a bit strange.

Still, Flores would have heard of it if the Dolphins had fallen out of the playoff picture with a rookie quarterback making mistakes, no matter how talented he is. Tagovailoa made Flores elegant.

Tagovailoa made 63.8% of his passes, with nine touchdowns and two interceptions. He has a respectable 92.5 passer rating. He also rushed for three touchdowns. He hasn’t come up with huge numbers, but part of that is due to all the skill-related injuries around him. Considering all the circumstances, Tagovailoa is having a good rookie season.

Joe Burrow, before his injury, and Justin Herbert had better numbers as rookies. But Tagovailoa is the one with a shot at making the playoffs.

Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (1) has nine touchdowns and three touchdowns this season. (AP Photo / Chris O’Meara)

Dolphins vying for a playoff spot

The Dolphins are in a fierce fight for a wild card spot. A good AFC team won’t do it.

The Dolphins have a few paths to qualify for the playoffs, but the best way is to win their last two games. The Dolphins are with two more wins no matter what happens with any other competitor. The Raiders are technically alive but barely. Their second-half swoon cost them a potential playoff spot. It also makes it a little easier for the Dolphins on Saturday.

There are still questions about Tagovailoa. Herbert played so well that the Dolphins will always have to wonder if they should have picked him over Tagovailoa with the fifth pick. Tagovailoa has been good, but there isn’t enough history to know if he’s the quarterback Miami has been looking for since Dan Marino retired.

Tagovailoa has a chance to make his rookie season a success with a solid finish and a playoff berth. Regardless of the outcome, it’s fair to say that Flores made the right choice when she turned to her talented rookie.

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