Tanking talk is news to Tua Tagovailoa, supposedly

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Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is eligible to enter the 2020 draft. Many believe he’ll be the top pick. Some believe that NFL teams in need of a franchise quarterback should tank for Tua. (Most commonly, the concept has been raised in connection with the Dolphins.)

Recently, Tagovailoa claimed that he knows nothing about such matters.

Appearing on the SEC Network during SEC Media Days, host Dari Nowkah raised the topic. Tagovailoa was confused.

Is that they want me?” Tua said.

“I actually haven’t seen it,” he added. But then he later acknowledged that he has heard about it from his teammates.

Regardless, he knows about it now. And if he continues to cement his status as the best prospect in next year’s draft,he’s going to keep hearing about it over and over.

27 responses to “Tanking talk is news to Tua Tagovailoa, supposedly

  1. The tank for Tua insanity was started by a local print media writer looking for attention.
    It’s completely insane that an NFL team is going to throw away an entire season for an potential NFL star.
    Who doesn’t look great playing for Bama against mostly poor competition?

  2. Skip it. Rebuild the line on both sides of the ball. If Trevor Lawrence is available in 2021draft him even if it means trading up. If not draft him in 2022. No sense in putting a QB behind a line that other than Tunsil is a flaming dumpster fire.

  3. Dolphin tank? Nah they seem set with Fitz for now and Rosen for nuturing. That’s not to say they’ll def do all that well in Flores’ first year (6 or 7 wins is my guess), but all the tank-talk originates to when Tannehill was being traded, and before Rosen or even Fitz arrived. Even if they did worse, Rosen & Flores would get 2020 before Fins decided to move on and the org & fans wouldn’t stomach a tank anyway – they aren’t Dolts or Crads, nor even Jills or Jests.

  4. If the Dolphins are smart they will go after Fromm as he is the better QB over all but I don’t think they are going to “Tank” for anyone. I actually think they are going to surprise a number of teams this year.

  5. So Rosen is going to throw bad passes so He can be replaced by a rookie #1 pick a second year in a row?
    Futz is going to throw bad passes so any marketing money associated with Fitz-Magic can go away forever.
    The borderline WR’s who need to show they can play in this league are going to act like they don’t belong?
    Pending FA’s aren’t going to try to earn that next contract from a different team. You know, one that didn’t get the player they ranked for.

  6. The last team to tank for a quarterback ended up with seven years and counting of no Super Bowls. It’s not a good strategy, whoever the QB is.

  7. Tanking is the new made up word from people that don’t have a clue about sports but need to create controversy. Like elite and legacy before it.

  8. The idea was dreamed up by someone with too much time on their hands. Eventually their will be a team with the 1 pick and not by choice.

  9. Remember “suck for luck” in regards to Andrew Luck of the Colts? Now eight years later its “Tank for Tua”. Since Dan Marino retired the Dolphins have always been associated with such phrases and still yet to find a franchise Star QB.

  10. I can’t see why any team would tank for Tua. First of all, I don’t think he’s even going to be the best QB in the class. In fact, I think he’s going to end up like Geno Smith. Sure, he puts up big numbers against overmatched teams. Every ‘Bama QB has done that. How many have actually turned out to be pro QBs? I can’t think of any during the Saban era that have done anything but ride the bench.

  11. When you play to lose the injury risk goes way up. Fins will lose enough based on lack of talent and depth. Sure there is some talent just not enough or enough depth to carry over to a winning season.

  12. “The tank for Tua insanity was started by a local print media writer looking for attention.
    It’s completely insane that an NFL team is going to throw away an entire season for an potential NFL star.”

    Bingo, Truthful. There is no tanking; it is an attention-seeking media topic. Purposefully losing? Get out of here. There is a winning culture on that field. Football players will not tank for anyone. They will call out the coach on any suspicious play-calling or sub-par substitution.

  13. Sure, go ahead and tank for a coin flip prospect (I think they all are not just the top picks), shatter your current players’ confidence in their own ability to win games, their confidence in their coaches to effectively gameplan to put them in a position to win, and the fan confidence that their team is giving maximum effort. What can possibly go wrong?

  14. suchapaindude says:
    July 21, 2019 at 8:35 am
    So Rosen is going to throw bad passes so He can be replaced by a rookie #1 pick a second year in a row?
    Futz is going to throw bad passes so any marketing money associated with Fitz-Magic can go away forever.
    The borderline WR’s who need to show they can play in this league are going to act like they don’t belong?

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    The idea and the decision to “tank” wouldn’t come from the players on the field. It would be an organizational decision.
    Of course the players are always going to do their best. If the management decided to tank, they would accomplish that by not putting the best players on the field. It’s surprising to me that so many people agree with you and think it’s the players who decide to tank.

  15. Well, Arizona has a rookie QB again and still has a crappy offensive line, maybe they will tank for him.

  16. Anyone who thinks Flores would be ok with tanking is nuts.

    Yep cause only a NE guy would be against tanking right? I agree with the premise that Flores won’t tank but stop acting like everyone else would.

  17. No one is going to tank for a mediocre, 4th round project QB in next yeaes draft. Not happening.

  18. One question would it be possible to tell the difference between a year when the Dolphins tanked or they tried? Joking aside NFL careers are too short and the window to make $ too small to have an entire roster not try hard for a full season.

  19. For those questioning if teams really would “tank” a season, look no farther than the colts “suck for Luck” season!
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    If a football team set out to lose games, it could happen – because a lot of players would wind up on IR because of lackadaisical play. The 2011 Colts were the worst team in the NFL because Peyton Manning missed the entire season.

  20. At some point the Dolphins have to be honest with themselves. Even if the Fins had Tom Brady ready to start this season they would be lucky to finish 8-8. The reason is simple. They only one above average offensive lineman and that is Leremy Tunsil. Unless the O-line is fixed in Miami no QB will change will matter.

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