Tua Tagovailoa, Dolphins need to take their time

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It’s no surprise that the Dolphins already have ruled out quarterback Tua Tagovailoa for Week Five, due to the concussion he suffered last Thursday night in Cincinnati. Even though, in theory, Tua could receive all appropriate clearances before Sunday, there’s no way the team should let him back on the field until there is no doubt that he has fully recovered and that he has no enhanced risk of a serious outcome if he suffers another concussion.

There’s another issue that becomes directly relevant to Tua’s return. Officially listed at 6-1 and 217 but definitely not that tall nor that heavy, Tua falls into the “small quarterback” category. While, in reality, he’s a normal-sized human, most NFL quarterbacks, when encountered in normal human circumstances, prompt an immediate search for the closest beanstalk.

Typically, NFL quarterbacks are very tall. And large. And capable of withstanding a serious injury when thrown to the ground by an equally tall (if not taller) and equally large (if not larger) defensive player.

It’s a matter of basic physics. And the physics don’t work for guys like Drew Brees, Russell Wilson, Kyler Murray, and Tua Tagovailoa.

So what can a normal-sized human playing NFL quarterback do? He can protect himself. He can get rid of the ball faster. He can get down on the ground before he’s forcibly deposited there.

At a time when too many people are incorrectly suggesting that it was Tua’s burden to tell doctors that he had a potential concussion against the Bills nine days ago, the basic reality is that every NFL player has a duty to protect himself on the field. Smaller players need to be even more careful.

There’s no shame in not being big enough to play pro football safely. For Tua, the challenge becomes adjusting his game the best he can to avoid taking the kind of clean and legal but devastating hit that he absorbed on Thursday night.

12 responses to “Tua Tagovailoa, Dolphins need to take their time

  1. The issue with Tua is that he is not only small but that he is also not quick or fast. In the NFL that is three strikes when you play QB. Which brings to mind the current Alabama QB rated as a first rounder by most 2023 mock drafts. You have to be nuts to draft that QB in the first round if at all.

  2. The damage is done. One more whack and that’s all she wrote. That double whammy/quick back-to-back concussion is the problem. Jusy think, if the team didn’t cheat, this wouldn’t have happened.

  3. And you could never toss Brees around like that and not get fined or tossed out of the game

  4. The ONLY way to get out of this for the Miami Dolphins is to put Tua on IR for the season. During the off-season get another QB. Tua from my view ,is too fragile to play in the NFL. I’ve seen enough.

  5. Jusy think, if the team didn’t cheat, this wouldn’t have happened.
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    Twenty to seven.

  6. He’s an NFL football player. When the doctors clear him to play football he should play football no more no less. Virtue signalers don’t really have a say in the matter so on to the next crusade.

  7. From what has been reported, it appears the doctors either did not view or worst yet ignored the video of Tua after his hit in the Buffalo game. If true, what a shame.

  8. If anything is learned from this situation, I hope that 1)- The protocol is completely re-tooled, with no loopholes, and 2)- players start to realize that LIFE should always come before football.

  9. He’s had health issues going back to his time at Alabama. It’s unfortunate, but the reality seems to be that Tua is gonna have a short lived NFL career unless something all of sudden changes in his ability to stay healthy. Because so far, he just hasn’t been able to.

  10. Teddy is more than capable of righting the ship for a couple games. Defense needs to keep playing well.

  11. It’s football injuries happen does not matter how big or small you are Bo Jackson was an animal one tackle ended his career

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