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Omar Kelly: Dolphins’ commitment to Tua is not unanimous and it could hurt finding a coach

History has had a nasty habit of repeating itself with the Miami Dolphins for the past decade, if not two.

No matter how hard the franchise tries to take a different course, it continues down the same path, making the same mistakes, and the people who write this story need to take responsibility for this mediocre carousel ride.

At least I know, because not all dolphin history has been properly recorded or done in a timely manner.

For example, you have probably heard whisperers or Internet chatter about unsuccessful Insurrection the 2014 receivers arranged for quarterback Ryan Tannehill to be replaced by Matt Moore at the end of the season.

In December of that same season, with a playoff spot on the line, I was told by multiple sources that the host side met with then-head coach Joe Philbin and asked him to replace Tannehill in place of Moore, who was a more aggressive player. passerby.

Philbin turned down their request and the 7-5 turned into 8-8. All receivers on that team, with the exception of Jarvis Landry and Richard Matthews, were traded or fired that offseason.

Tannehill survived, got new weapons in the following offseason, and Miami mediocrity continued on its way. I never reported the coup attempt at the time because the recipients didn’t want it reported as it failed and it could hurt their future in the NFL.

But I’m bringing this up now because I’ve heard a lot of locker room discomfort over Tua Tagovailoa’s supposedly unwavering commitment to the franchise, a 2020 first-round pick who Miami has gone 13-8 in his starts over the past two years. seasons.

Players do not support now-retired manager Brian Flores, not Tagovailoa. Many of them had problems with the antics and quirks of Flores’ personality, like Tagovailoa and CEO Chris Grier. Their complicated relationship with Flores contributed to his dismissal earlier this month.

Now, some players are having trouble with reports that the Dolphins plan to build around Tagovailoa, which finished the 2021 season with the 19th-highest passer rating (90.1) in the NFL, sandwiched between Atlanta’s Matt Ryan and Tannehill.

Most dolphins love and respect Tagovailoa, which was not always the case with dolphin quarterbacks. For the most recent examples, see the careers of Chad Henn and Tannehill.

NFL backups are always popular in locker rooms, especially with defensemen when the attackers are struggling, and the Dolphins’ offense has struggled for much of the 21st century.

What I feel, report, record, hopefully reveal, is that Tagovailoa and his team have a strained relationship. And for the sake of transparency, I admit it’s hard to pinpoint the source.

Most of the players I’ve spoken to privately admit they’ve built up some resentment that Tagovailoa has been promoted as the franchise’s savior, and “he’s not the savior,” as one Dolphins player put it.

Many players believed that Ryan Fitzpatrick, the clear leader of the 2020 squad that finished 10–6, had his team stolen when Fitzpatrick was substituted for then-rookie Tagovailoa in six games of the season.

Many players felt that this decision, made by Flores and the Dolphins management, hurt the team’s playoff chances that season. Although Tagovailoa was not keen to become a starter for Miami, this strained some of the relationship.

His leadership style is constantly being compared to Fitzpatrick’s and it’s a losing battle.

Several players have acknowledged that the Dolphins’ flirting with Houston quarterback Deshawn Watson throughout the season, which agitated quite a few Tagovailoa teammates, affected their attitude towards Tagovailoa because “Watson is now an elite quarterback. We are ready to win,” summed up one of the players.

When Tagovailoa’s positives are pointed out—as I often do as an avowed Tagovailoa supporter—the rebuttal always focuses on his lack of roll speed.

“He can’t take every shot,” one standout defender said, before reminding me that he watched Tagovailoa every day, not just on game days. “He’s only going to get us this far. I’m ruining my career here if we’re doing this!”

None of these questions are new revelations or uncharted waters for dolphins.

I’ve heard this kind of talk in private for decades about too many quarterbacks, and now we have two postseason appearances in 20 years.

But it’s worth mentioning now, because the Dolphins are embarking on a search for the team’s next head coach after a seemingly public announcement that whoever wants Flores’ job must believe it and create an attack around Tagovailoa.

What if 49ers offensive coordinator Mike McDaniel wants to continue coaching Jimmy Garoppolo, who is likely to be traded this offseason? His $25 million a year contract expires after the 2022 season, and the 49ers traded three first and third round players to the Dolphins to select Trey Lance with last year’s third pick in the draft.

Or if Dan Quinn, who spent four seasons in Seattle, could find a way to trade Russell Wilson for the always-selected Pro Bowl for the Seahawks?

Perhaps Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daball or Cowboys offensive coordinator Kellen Moore, two other candidates, are eager to get a quarterback in the 2022 draft class.

How about if Miami’s decision makers just listen to each candidate’s unbiased opinion of Tagovailoa and their game plan as a quarterback before drafting the deck, potentially turning off candidates?

That’s why Dolphins players would rather it be known that not everyone supports the organization’s stance of Tagovailoa’s unwavering commitment, and that players would prefer that he at least get legitimate competition this offseason and should win a job at training camp. fight where a new crime is set.

It is not a matter of disbelief in the future, potential and promises of Tagovailoa.

It’s about making sure the franchise’s course, its trajectory isn’t tied to it, and that the general manager’s desire to prove he was right in picking the quarterback two years ago doesn’t hold back the team for the rest of this decade. , as well as some of the Dolphins’ other unwavering commitments to lackluster quarterbacks.

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