Even on Saturday Wildcard where the Miami Dolphins don’t even play, they have to come out and disappoint me. I didn’t think they were capable of it, but you should never count the Miami Dolphins when it comes to spreading misery and unhappiness. That’s what the Dolphins did today with the breaking news that they’re essentially forcing Tua Tagovailoa on the next head coach.
Let it be said that this is such a thing to do for the Miami Dolphins. It’s also 100% the opposite of what a smart team would do if given the situation the Dolphins have created for themselves. The reason this is such a ridiculous way to manage a team is because the beach coach, whoever he is, should have the power to choose who he wants to play at any position whenever he wants. The news that came out today is that Grier and Ross want Tua Tagovailoa to be the starting quarterback to start in 2022, regardless of who they hire as head coach.
Let’s also say I’m all for Tua being the Dolphins’ starting quarterback next year if that’s what the head coach wants to be the starter. If the head coach comes in and thinks he can win with Tua, then let’s go. If that coach says he wants to bring in another quarterback, maybe even trade draft picks for a Deshuan Watson-level player, then so be it.
No team, however, or at least a self-respecting team that knows what it’s doing, would impose a new head coach on a player. Only in Miami would that happen.
Miami can win with Tua. I mean the team went 9-8 this year and went 1-4 with Jacoby Brissett as the starter, one of those games being the Baltimore game where Tua came in and played really well. Sure, defense is what carried the team through the second half of the year, but they did it with Tua as the starting quarterback. All of these guys, for the most part, will be back next year. That’s great for whoever’s calling.
The Dolphins are also expected to have the most cap space in the NFL for the 2022 season. An incoming head coach would benefit from cap space flexibility like this.
Even if cap space is a myth like the Loch Ness Monster or nothing weird going on at Denver Airport, having that much money makes it a little easier to get out there and get free agents. . Free agents who need to be placed on the Dolphin’s incredibly terrible offensive line. Surrounding Tua with as much offensive support as possible and holding on to his draft picks is definitely a path you can take.
Tua is entering his 3rd season in the NFL and I don’t think it’s hard to imagine that this year will be the breakthrough year for him. I hope he has a blast and proves me and everyone else wrong.
As for the next head coach, I wrote yesterday that I’m really starting to like Mike McDaniel more and more. Obviously, it’s not a sure thing or anything like that. I just like his style and I really think he can touch the players. I can very easily be wrong, as most people are wrong about who can coach and who can’t before they do. I really like Jim Harbaugh too. He’s actually my number one coach I want. I really thought it would be Harbaugh but with this news of Grier and Ross making Tua the Golden Child, I don’t think he’ll take that job now.
Maybe whoever coach comes in will be warned that yes, Tua has to be the QB next year and if that doesn’t work out the head coach can get rid of him. Then they can use Miami’s two 2023 first-round picks on their next quarterback. That would pretty much mean the next head coach would be here for at least the next three years, which seems to be the going rate for a Dolphin’s head coach.
With today’s news, I think Brian Daboll is the Dolphins’ No. 1 choice for their head coach. He worked with Tua in Alabama and he was here in Miami as an offensive coordinator in 2011. That said, I give him the inside track to be the next coach.
Or, they’ll go with some David Culley guy knowing full well he’ll be boxed after a year. It’s the Dolphins so I think that scenario is in play.
The worst part of all this, for me anyway, is that this is just the latest example of a laundry list for an orphanage type of list of situations that never happen anywhere else. All I want is normalcy just for a few days. With the Miami Dolphins, you’re not allowed to have any sense of normalcy. Maybe one day, but surely not. Enjoy Wildcard weekend until the Dolphins do something else that seems completely avoidable.