Dolphins prepare to face quarterback on whom they passed

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When the Miami Dolphins went on the clock with the fifth pick in the 2020 draft, they could have taken either quarterback Tua Tagovailoa or quarterback Justin Herbert. They chose Tua. They considered Herbert.

“[W]e met with him several times,” coach Brian Flores told L.A. media on Wednesday. “The first one was at the Senior Bowl. He’s very smart, very talented, a driven kid, competitive, tough. There is a lot to like about him.”

Flores also was asked about the questions that lingered regarding Herbert.

“I don’t know what questions you’re talking about,” Flores said, showing once again that he learned a thing or two while working for Bill Belichick. “That was a long time ago. Now we’re eight games into the season. There was training camp, COVID, there’s a lot going on. I’m not really quite sure what the questions are you’re talking about, but what I saw is what I just told you, which is he’s a competitive kid, he’s smart, a big arm, talented and the Chargers got a good player.”

The primary questions related to whether and to what extent he’d thrive so far away from Oregon, the state where he was born and raised. So far, Herbert has shown that any such concerns were overblown.

Regardless, the fact that the Dolphins passed on Herbert and the Chargers took him with the very next pick creates a natural apples-to-apples comparison, one that will last throughout their careers.

“I just think that’s just something that’s going to have to be dealt with in the media,” Tagovailoa told reporters on Wednesday regarding the Tua vs. Herbert discussion. “I have no animosity towards Justin Herbert and for me, it’s not even a competition between me and him; it’s a competition for myself to go out and see what I can do to help our team be successful against their defense. And I’m pretty sure it’s the same for Justin as well.”

Indeed it is, but it would be foolish not to be aware of the inevitable question of whether the Dolphins made the right call, much like the questions that lingered 22 years ago, when the Colts took Peyton Manning and the Chargers took Ryan Leaf.

It’s possible that both Tagovailoa and Herbert will become great quarterbacks. So far, they’ve shown that they have the ability to do just that.

7 responses to “Dolphins prepare to face quarterback on whom they passed

  1. Wouldn’t surprise me one bit if the 2020 draft with Joe Burrow, Tua Tagovailoa & Justin Herbert may someday be regarded on par with the 1983 draft of John Elway, Dan Marino & Jim Kelly.

  2. Naturally this question comes up, right after that issue with Tua vs. Kyler over some issue in college football and Tua vs. Kyler in college games and awards, etc. Clearly Kyler in interview was pissed about not beating Tua. Tua seems a humble guy, so is Justin, so we’ll see but naturally the media, as usual, has to bring up an issue that they just have to bring up. Only way Fins regret drafting Tua over Herbert is if Tua gets another bad injury. Glad Chargers drafted Herbert–someone in AFC West has to challenge Mahomes! And I kinda like the Chargers anyway, kinda (I do not like Broncos and Raiders, that’s for sure! I have my reasons….)

  3. jurere_internacional says:
    November 11, 2020 at 8:49 pm
    Wouldn’t surprise me one bit if the 2020 draft with Joe Burrow, Tua Tagovailoa & Justin Herbert may someday be regarded on par with the 1983 draft of John Elway, Dan Marino & Jim Kelly.
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    I agree…I like all three of these dudes! Draft pundits badly under-rated Herbert!

  4. Tua and Herbert both have their own strengths and weaknesses. It is going to be a lot of fun to watch them in the coming years. Which team made the best choice? To be determined….

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