Tua Tagovailoa: If I can’t hear you, then you’re not that important to me

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Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa has gotten plenty of praise from his new teammate Tyreek Hill.

But the third-year quarterback has also been subject to heavy criticism, particularly from national pundits.

Tagovailoa effectively said in his Wednesday press conference that he’s not paying any attention to the haters.

“I don’t know any of those guys. So if that’s what they have to say, then good for them.,” Tagovailoa said. “It’s probably a good thing for them to say. They draw people for clickbait or I don’t know — whatever that is. But to me, if I can’t hear you, then you’re not that important to me. If you’re in my circle and I can hear you, what you’re saying, then obviously you’ve got to be extremely important to me. So, if I can’t hear it, it’s probably not important.”

It’s a critical season for Tagovailoa, as Miami has set up the signal-caller for success with upgrades like Hill and left tackle Terron Armstead — plus head coach Mike McDaniel calling the offensive plays. Whether or not Tagovailoa puts much stock into what folks say about him, if he executes well on the field in 2022, he can solidify himself as Miami’s franchise quarterback.

43 responses to “Tua Tagovailoa: If I can’t hear you, then you’re not that important to me

  1. Christ Jesus said, “Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:32)

  2. Hopefully he’s a smart kid who realizes “social media” and “pundits” are merely irrelevant distracting hot air with no positive effects on his career.

    The people who are important and need to be listened to is the team management who employees you and the close people in your personal life.

    Everyone else …….. who cares?

  3. As a professional, Tua saying all of the right things. I can see him having a very good, if not pro-bowl level season this year. That said, while I like the fact that he’s dismissing the negativity and the criticism, I don’t believe for a moment that he is not paying attention to at least some of it. He should use it to his advantage.

    You don’t need to “hear it” directly, there’s always someone willing to tell you what this person or that person says. It would be refreshing to hear him (or any criticized athlete) say,….I hear to the negativity and I’m going to prove them wrong.” The cookie-cutter “I don’t hear it” response is just utter nonsense.

  4. I really can’t understand why he is so hated? He has a winning record despite coming from a major injury, multiple Coaches, incompetent OC’s, the second worst Oline in the NFL and formerly a lack of weapons. He has a great attitude considering all this and may never be Elite, but he is going to put up some numbers and finally get a fair evaluation.

  5. With all of the yammering Tyreek Hill has been doing, I’d be surprised if Tua can hear anyone but him.

  6. The more I hear from Tua the more I know he’ll do worse this year than last. If he has to say this, then he’s feeling the pressure and that doesn’t go well for him.

  7. I order for someone to be “hated” the person in question has to have skills and attributes that others admire and aspire to have. As usual Tua’s getting mixed signals.

  8. Cannot wait to see this guy fall on his face this year. Another failed season in Miami.

  9. Tua is very accurate and can make the short and intermediate throws easily. It’s the deep ball accuracy he struggles with. He can be very effective in the right offense. A decent running game would keep the defenses honest. Good luck to TT!

  10. If I am Chris Grier and Mike McDaniel, I get in a room with Tyreek and Tua and I tell them to Shut Up. All the talking is not doing anything to help the team.

  11. Funny how Herbert doesn’t have any of these issues that Tua does, and the Dolphins passed on him.

  12. You look at the way Tua handled himself all last year with the rumors of Watson compared to the way Mayfield handled himself after learning the Browns courted Watson and you can tell the difference between a pro.

  13. At least Tua has good attitude about everything. Whatever happens this season, he is already set for life financially.

  14. I understand he is accurate and easily makes short and intermediate throws – and – he has Mike McDaniel calling the plays. Very recently McDaniel had another QB that fit that description to a tee. And had an effective running game. That combo won an awful lot of football games. Just saying.

  15. >>>whycantiloginanymore says:
    July 28, 2022 at 10:41 am
    If you can’t hear them why are you commenting on them?<<<

    He is responding to repeated questions from reporters who are summarizing what is being said about him and asking him what he thinks about it. It's called a press conference.

  16. That’s a healthy outlook for both listeners and commenters. If you can’t hear it – and if you can’t be heard – consider the purpose of it all.

  17. Do the GM’s who passed on Justin Herbert for Tua and Josh Allen for Sam Darnold still have jobs?

  18. In other words ” I’m rubber and you’re glue…Whatever you say bounces off me and sticks to you”. You will be hearing the boo-birds soon enough tua

  19. What you should have said is the only opinions that matter to me are those of my coaches and teammates, and that whatever else is being said is irrelevant. The way you said it makes it appear that you’re actually listening to the nonsense, and it’s annoying you. Oh and one last thing the best way to silence the criticism is to STEP UP, and you haven’t done that yet, and the longer you struggle the louder the critics will become

  20. onlymyopinioncounts says:
    July 28, 2022 at 12:31 pm
    Do the GM’s who passed on Justin Herbert for Tua and Josh Allen for Sam Darnold still have jobs?

    12Rate This

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    Do the ones who passed on Mac Jones last year still have them? Ryan Pace was finally fired, but Lynch remains, Joe Douglas remains, the Atlanta GM remains, the Detroit GM remains, Chris Grier remains in Miami, and George Paton in Denver also remains.

    Any one of these above teams could have had Mac Jones. The Jets could have had him twice, actually. They used their 1st pick on the small/under-developed Zach Wilson and then traded up for a Guard in front of NE. A Guard.

    LOL!

    I mean, you just can’t make it up.

  21. laxcoach37 says:
    July 28, 2022 at 10:28 am
    I really can’t understand why he is so hated? He has a winning record despite coming from a major injury, multiple Coaches, incompetent OC’s, the second worst Oline in the NFL and formerly a lack of weapons. He has a great attitude considering all this and may never be Elite, but he is going to put up some numbers and finally get a fair evaluation.
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    And yet was no better then a seventh round, journeyman QB named Fitz.

  22. The very fact that you are saying you don’t hear them is a false statement if you’re commenting about it right kid?

  23. legionofzoom says:
    July 28, 2022 at 10:29 am
    With all of the yammering Tyreek Hill has been doing, I’d be surprised if Tua can hear anyone but him.
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    HILLarious!

  24. “pats4xchamps says:
    July 28, 2022 at 1:14 pm
    In other words ” I’m rubber and you’re glue…Whatever you say bounces off me and sticks to you”. You will be hearing the boo-birds soon enough tua”

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    Tua Tagovailoa. is 3-0 versus the. Patriots. in his career.

    Soon to be Tua 4 Pats 0

  25. and then traded up for a Guard in front of NE. A Guard.
    _____________
    LOL!!!

    Belichick wasted his first round pick on a guard nobody has ever heard of. A guard.

  26. Action speaks louder than words. I’m rooting for the GOAT in Tampa and my Canes in Miami – the other Miami football team. Let’s go win a national title, Mario. Go Canes.

  27. I wonder if Tua can hear the conversation between Grier, McDaniel, and Jimmy G’s agent ?….

  28. This kid stepped into the college football championship at halftime and won the game. Everyone saying how much pressure is on Tua obviously don’t remember where he came from. Media pundits are paid good money to say negative things. It drives ratings. Look at Tucker Carlson.

  29. Lmao at people saying passing on Mac Jones is the same as passing on Herbert or Mahomes or Allen. My goodness wishful thinking.

  30. I have no problem with the majority of what he said. If he really isn’t listening to the outside noise then good for him. But, when he says, “If you’re in my circle and I can hear you, what you’re saying, then obviously you’ve got to be extremely important to me.” I would just issue a little advice. Family, friends and for the lack of a better word your entourage don’t make the best sounding board. Most of them will be, and only be, yes people. You could have the worst game ever and they will tell you that you played great as not to upset the cash cow that they are riding. Go ahead and find some people that can be critical and will speak that unforgiving truth to your face. It could be the difference between one contract and multiple contracts.

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