The Miami Dolphins haven’t been under a lot of pressure lately. Since Dan Marino’s retirement over 22 years ago, the Dolphins have been a middling NFL franchise that is rarely good enough to make the playoffs and rarely bad enough to secure top-5 draft picks.
However, this season is going to be different.
Former Dolphins executive Mike Tannenbaum shares his thoughts on the team’s fate this season. Despite his opinion of Tagovailoa, he admires what the team has accomplished this offseason. On his website, Tannenbaum claims that the offensive weapon groups of the Miami Dolphins, Cincinnati Bengals, and Las Vegas Raiders are the best in the NFL.
Tannenbaum believes Tua is under more pressure compared to anyone else in the NFL, and he applauds Teddy Bridgewater’s abilities as a competition for Tagovailoa.
“Of all the quarterbacks in the NFL, Tua has more pressure on him [than anyone] and Teddy Bridgewater is a very capable quarterback, ”Tannenbaum said.
However, the 54-year-old is also concerned that Tua will not be able to maintain his consistently excellent performance under such duress.
“It’s not unreasonable to think he could be playing sometime by midseason, … sooner than later if Tua hits any bump in the road given everything he has to work with. My concern is Tua was he was 23rd in the NFL last season in yards per pass attempt. He struggles to get the ball down the field consistently.”
Dolphins offensive tackle Austin Jackson, like Tua, also has a shorter leash. After being selected after Tagovailoa, the 2020 first-round pick was expected to be a key component of Miami’s offensive line. He has not, however, improved in his first two seasons. He could play his final season with the Dolphins in 2022.
Miami Dolphins new head coach Mike McDaniel has thrown his support behind the 24-year-old QB, who will be under pressure to perform this season.
Dolphins 2022 training camp
McDaniel’s training camp will begin on July 19. Only the Raiders and the Buffalo Bills begin their seasons earlier, on July 18. Miami’s veterans report to camp on July 26 with the entire roster. The team has yet to release the individual camp training schedule, which will include which practices will be open to the public.
The Dolphins’ first preseason game will be against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on August 13. The Buccaneers have announced that they will host the Dolphins for joint practices on August 10 and 11. On August 20, Miami will host the Raiders in the second preseason game. Miami will host the Philadelphia Eagles for joint practices ahead of their preseason game on August 27.
The goal of NFL joint practices is for teams to compete in preseason drills against an opponent following a series of intrasquad practices.
The Dolphins hosted the Chicago Bears last season and traveled to Atlanta to face the Falcons just before their respective preseason games against the two NFC teams. The Dolphins and Bucs have been linked all offseason, owing to Miami’s pursuit of seven-time Super Bowl champion quarterback Tom Brady. Brady, who retired and then unretired this offseason to rejoin Tampa Bay,
The Dolphins are reportedly interested in signing Brady to replace Tagovailoa. Brady himself recently spoke with the media in Tampa but he neither confirm nor deny the Dolphins’ interest. If Tagovailoa continues to struggle in the next game in 2022, the Dolphins must consider the next option, either sticking with the former Alabama quarterback or looking for another player in the next transfer window.