Chris Grier: Tua Tagovailoa’s our starting quarterback

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Dolphins General Manager Chris Grier said at a Tuesday press conference that he won’t be discussing the team’s draft strategy, but he did share one piece of information that should inform their plans with their two first-round picks.

The Dolphins took quarterback Tua Tagovailoa with the fifth overall pick in last year’s draft and was inserted into the starting lineup in Week 6. There were ups and downs over the rest of the season and the Dolphins pulled him in favor of Ryan Fitzpatrick in multiple games, but they aren’t looking for someone to put ahead of Tagovailoa on he depth chart.

Grier said that he saw enough from the rookie in nine starts to know that the team is comfortable moving forward with him as their starter

“Tua, I’m very happy with. He’s our starting quarterback. . . . I thought Tua did a great job of working himself through the whole process,” Grier said, via Adam Beasley of the Miami Herald.

There may be a team that wants to move into the Dolphins’ third overall pick in order to add a quarterback and the right offer could lead to even more assets to use to build a team around Tagovailoa for a 2021 bid at the postseason.

61 responses to “Chris Grier: Tua Tagovailoa’s our starting quarterback

  1. If I were Miami, I would pull an Arizona and draft Zach Wilson at 3, or better yet Justin Fields if he’s there. Then trade Tua to the highest bidder.

  2. Keep Tua, build around him. Trade back for more picks of a good deal is offered. But don’t say it loud, you just made easier for another team to give you less for the pick.

  3. He really did not show anything to elicit confidence, at all.

    Hope for the Dolphins it works out, but I think many people have a lot of doubts.

  4. Lions have but 5 picks. Trade Stafford for a 1st and whatever else (3rd or whatever) to Indy then package those two firsts to move up to 3 and take your QB. The Jets might take a LT anyways. You get the BYU kid or Fields. Hopefully that’s your guy for the next ten years to build around.

  5. I hope they go for more picks’ another first 10 pick and more will give them more value. Bill

  6. Miami has the 3rd pick in the Draft. If they have doubts about Tua, they have an opportunity to select a top QB at that spot.

  7. The greatest sidewards passing QB. Everyone else has focused on getting better passing the ball vertically. Not Tua. He’s decided anything over five yards isn’t for him. He is a horrible pro so far. No ten yard wide open Alabama receivers here. He is slow with zero burst. I was really hoping he would be one of the bright stars but he just isn’t. The Fins must be puking in their mouths knowing they could have had Herbert but chose a guy that will soon be out of the league.

  8. IN other words at the three pick they take a QB. Under the guise this is a back up for us. LOL

  9. You cant tell me they arent concerned with his injury history, not just the hip but two other serious injuries from just being tackled. Seems to be frail IMO.

  10. “We have options including Fitz but we’re going to go with Tua and his 60 yards passing per game.”

  11. Hey Grier. Nobody cares who starts for your irrelevant team. What was the score of your last game?

  12. More times than no first round picks don’t pan out , if you have the opportunity to get another one don’t miss it

  13. It’s called “developing players”, not throwing them on the trash heap after 9 starts. Tua will be just fine. Get him some skill positions and continue to develop those they already have. That’s what good teams do.

  14. “ Trade Stafford for a 1st and whatever else (3rd or whatever) to Indy then package those two firsts to move up to 3 and take your QB..”

    Uhh, the days of Stafford fetching a 1st and 3rd ended about 5 years ago. At this point he would be lucky to fetch a 3rd and a 7th. Just my ten cents.

  15. chickensalad43 says:
    January 5, 2021 at 3:16 pm
    If I were Miami, I would pull an Arizona and draft Zach Wilson at 3, or better yet Justin Fields if he’s there. Then trade Tua to the highest bidder.
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    Some people think Arizona should do it again because Murray does NOT appear to be a franchise QB.

  16. RussianBreadMaker says:
    January 5, 2021 at 3:39 pm
    Trade Tua to Washington for Kerrigan please.

    *****

    I’ll trade you Tua for Haskins. Or at least I would have if he was still on our roster.

  17. The Dolphins should not trade down from number 3 for more picks. They need a sure shot elite wide receiver who creates separation quickly. Trading down for more picks would diminish the chances of getting a really elite receiver. Parker was chosen in the first round at number 12. He’s good but not elite! He’s also often not on the field due to injury. A true elite receiver will make receivers Parker, Bowden Jr. and Wilson better!

  18. For all the haters, Miami is building a team and a culture that will be sustainable for many years. I think Tua is going to be a star and it is just going to take a good healthy off-season and some play makers around him. Add a few pieces to the OL and get rid of Gailey and it will be great.
    This team was picked to win 4 games this season folks. They just finished year 2 of a 3 year plan. Trust the plan and process.

  19. Last year the only debate on Tua was his injury history and whether he’d hold up under the rigors of the NFL. Now we’re all saying hmmmm maybe this guy isn’t even good enough to play in the league regardless if he’s healthy or not. He didn’t flash any of that type of talent that makes you think he’s going to develop into a star. If I was Miami’s GM I’d be taking a hard look at that third pick because he has a decision that will make or break this team for the next decade. The rest of this team and coaching is looking like it has a really bright future. The only question mark is the most important position and they can’t afford to blow it. I can’t imagine what this team would’ve looked like with Herbert starting this year. I imagine Fitzpatrick would’ve been shipped out on the first bus heading north.

  20. This is why as dumb as it seemed to give up on a 1st rd. QB the previous draft Arizona didn’t care because they knew they had a dud in Rosen. I can respect that. Why handcuff your team putting lipstick on a pig? Tua has good accuracy but nothing else about his game is at an elite level.

  21. Tua is the jadaveon clowney of qbs. Made 1 great play in college and catapalted him to a top pick for whatever reason. Who remembers anything remarkable he did in college other than that fluke throw to beat georgia? Anyone could look good with 5 star recruits surrounding you everywhere.

  22. The Fish could always pick up Haskins. See? The grass isn’t always greener….

  23. Remember when Tua won a couple of games and people were already saying he’s a million times better than Herbert? I do.

  24. Has there ever been a QB who put up numbers like Fitzmagic that got treated as disposably as he has? I know he’s had downs too, but his ups have been so much higher than even the promise of half the QBs in the league, and he just bounces around from team to team like so much volleyball!

  25. He was 6-3 as a rookie, his team finished 10-6. Franchise has some success for a season and suddenly everyone is like upgrade. Well who are they going to upgrade with? Another rookie QB? Oh wait, trade for some guy on the tail end of his career. Miami has 2 of the first 18 picks including the third pick. Pretty sure they can get some good players to make the team even better. let that man develop and be thankful they have two serviceable quarterbacks on the team.

  26. Tua is coming off major hip surgery was not even supposed to play this year had No OTA’S No Camp comes off the bench in the middle of the season with no weapons and some fans and media say they should draft a QB…..LOL

  27. This was obviously Chris Grier’s guy. They will concentrate heavily on the offense this off season and we’ll all see how it works out. Grier has done a great job working with Coach Flores in building a winning culture in Miami. I know from what I’ve read and heard people say about him, is that he’s a really nice guy who doesn’t exude the kind of ego that you would expect from a person in his position. If the Tua experiment doesn’t work, all the good things he’s done since he became GM will forever be tarnished because he selected the wrong quarterback.

  28. ladymacesq says:
    January 5, 2021 at 3:22 pm
    Get that man someone who can catch the ball…
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    The Bills defense had no problem catching his passes.

  29. I just read that Peyton is in line for the Hall of Fame. How can that be so? Didn’t anyone check out his rookie season with pre season games, 3 or more summer training. How about we wait a few years and see how Tua works out. Bill

  30. Yea, he probably is but shouldn’t this statement come from the coach who has to play him rather than the man who drafted him?
    If there becomes questions about his ability I can see this going south real quick!

  31. This almost makes up for Darnold not being the Jets QBs for the rest of the AFC East

  32. Remember when Josh Allen was a major question mark after years 1 and 2. Now look at him. Most QBs take a little seasoning to reach their peak. It is WAY too soon to pull the plug on Tua.

    It would be easy if every QB was like Hebert where they shine right away. But look at what happened to Manning and Aikman their first year. They looked awful. Teams were a mess. But then they hit their stride and excelled.

    Modern fans are too reactionary. Gotta commit for 2-3 years to see what you have. Or, do the Rodgers/Mahomes/Palmer thing and commit to sit your young QB behind a vet pro (like Fitz) for a year or two so they can mature in the pro environment. Crazy that more teams don’t do that.

  33. The first year is all about getting experience and getting healthy. Look at the surrounding
    cast and his offensive coordinator. I have to admit, Herbert making him look like the wrong pick but we won’t know how it pans out for a few more years.

  34. Tua has not shown anything at all? Really? Watch the Cardinals game tape folks. Tua was AWESOME. And comparing him to Herbert is unfair too. Herbert has way better weapons. Parker and Gesicki are good but they are not Allen, Williams, Henry and Ekeler.
    As mentioned before, this team was projected to win 4 games this year.
    I trust Grier and Flores. Can’t wait for 2021!!!

  35. Miami has no real weapons on offense. DeVante Parker would be a #2 receiver in Buffalo or with the Chargers. Give Tua a true #1 receiver and a running game before you evaluate him.

  36. Sure, sure, he’s the starting QB. But when will you pick #3 again? So go get some insurance and stop worrying about damaging the fragile psyche of an NFL QB.

  37. I can’t knock it. I have to think Miami saw what happened with Josh Allen and is optimistic Tua will experience the same kind of growth if given time. Whether misplaced or not we’ll evaluate in a couple years. Not much more to say. Except they can’t keep pulling the relief pitcher thing on him if they’re serious about his development

  38. Watch the game against the Broncos and tell me if Tua looks somewhat serviceable. Tua is awful. That Broncos game and Bills game was very telling as to who Tua is. Grier is worse at his job than Tua is at his. Grier doesn’t draft well and his free agent signings leave a lot to be desired. Miami will spin it’s wheels with Grier and Tua and press reset in 3 years from now. Grier has shown the last 2 years his lack of skill with the draft process. So far a second and first round pick have been spent on Rosen and Tua with less than 16 starts between the two players. That’s not using draft capital well.

  39. hinglemccringleberry says:
    January 5, 2021 at 5:11 pm
    For all the haters, Miami is building a team and a culture that will be sustainable for many years. I think Tua is going to be a star and it is just going to take a good healthy off-season and some play makers around him. Add a few pieces to the OL and get rid of Gailey and it will be great.
    This team was picked to win 4 games this season folks. They just finished year 2 of a 3 year plan. Trust the plan and process.
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    Without Fitz, it would’ve been a 4 win season.

  40. “Tua is coming off major hip surgery was not even supposed to play this year had No OTA’S No Camp comes off the bench in the middle of the season with no weapons and some fans and media say they should draft a QB…..LOL“

    FACTS

  41. Everyone saying Tua is a bust probably would have cut Russell Wilson, Peyton Manning, Drew Brees and Josh Allen after their rookie years too. Take a chill pill!!

    The kid had no skill players that ranked even in the middle of PFF’s rankings. Give him a Ja’Marr Chase and/or a Jaylen Waddle and some OL and RB help and let’s see how he does.

    The comparisons to Herbert are completely disregarding the fact that Herbert has a legit running game with 2 RB’s that averaged 4.5+/carry and elite receivers like Keenen Allen with 100 receptions and 3 other receivers that averaged at a minimum 15 yards per reception. False comparison.

  42. Give up on Tua and draft a new QB or draft an elite reciever for Tua? Miami won’t have a 3rd overall pick for a very long time. Decisions….decisions

  43. I like Watson, he’s an elite QB. However I really like Tua, I do believe in the guy and he’s undeniably talented. I do have one doubt though, I wonder if Tua’s hip limits him in any way. Sometimes I see he throws the ball without traditional setup and barely rolls out to his right, if ever. If no injuries are limiting him than I’ve been bought, I believe he will be many levels more impressive next season. He wasn’t terrible nor amazing, but he looks like the real real. Tua is our guy.

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