https://www.sun-sentinel.com/sports/mia ... story.html
I tried to do below what Dave asked, cut and paste, but there's more background in the article that helps to explain the perspective Hyde is taking and the angle he takes here is comparing the '76'ers tanking efforts, and the cuddling of their no. 1 Ben Simmons and could that be similar to what the Dolphins (and fans) are doing with Tua.
It's a slow time now, but this should generate some discussion.
It’s the outside conversation that’s similar. You can’t offer critical thinking about Tua’s first year or what needs to improve without a full defensive posture being taken right now. He struggled? It was offensive coordinator Chan Gailey’s fault. That benching? Flores now says he would have let Tua keep playing if they weren’t chasing the playoffs.
Alabama receiver, DeVontae Smith, said pre-draft he liked quarterback Mac Jones better than Tua? The spin: Smith wasn’t honest - he was helping Jones’ draft stock, the narrative went. Maybe. Or maybe he just answered the question.
Every comment gets filtered. Tua stepped up this offseason and said he didn’t know the playbook well enough? Rather than accept his accountability, a fountain of excuses started from team and media to translate what he really meant. Why?
The five-interception day in a rainy, June practice? Who knows what that means? But rather than just say it was a bad day in bad conditions, the excuse is he was told to be aggressive with his passes — as if that offers cover for so many interceptions against no live pass rush.
There’s this growing wall of public excuses for Tagovailoa that’s concerning — and, tellingly, doesn’t come from him. He’s shown an admirable trait of holding himself to a pro’s standard. He’s said he made bad throws when he had. He talked how his rookie year didn’t meet his expectations.
Tagovailoa has carried himself in a leader’s manner in ways that show he has that Alpha gene to succeed — if his game catches up to that. If his great work ethic brings it out. If the talent is there to match.
Another excuse: Justin Herbert, who Dolphins general manager Chris Grier passed on, was better than Tagovailoa last season only because his Los Angeles Chargers had better surrounding talent. The inconvenient truth is Herbert, the NFL’s offensive rookie of the year, was everything the Dolphins hoped Tua to be in Year One.
It doesn’t mean conclusions are made and careers written after rookie years. But it all adds up to saying there are questions about Tua entering Year Two that Herbert doesn’t have. Valid questions.
NBC analyst Chris Simms put Tua 34th among quarterbacks (Herbert is 11th). Former NFL executive Mike Lombardi has questioned Tagovailoa’s talent and said sarcastically on a recent podcast, “Oh, don’t say a bad word about Tua.”
“Tua haters,’' people label them. Why not credible NFL analysts with concerns? They’re not just questions for Tua, either. They’re for Grier, who passed on a series of quarterbacks in recent drafts (Josh Allen, Lamar Jackson, Herbert …)
My question about the Dolphins strategy always has been this: Can a team not smart enough to find a franchise quarterback without tanking be smart enough to select one, then develop and build around him?