Why the Dolphins Alabama Blueprint Allowed Tua Tagovailoa to Erupt in an Astonishing Comeback in Week 2 of Ravens


Due to an injury, Tua Tagovailoa was unable to play the fourth quarter of his last season with Alabama and missed the last three games.

In the fourth quarter of Week 2’s unlikely comeback win over the Baltimore Ravens, the Dolphins and Tagovailoa played as if the young quarterback was again leading the combustible Crimson Tide charge.

By three-quarters, Tagovailoa had put together a solid but far from reputation-altering stat line: 23-of-33 for 270 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions, and the Dolphins were in a seismic hole, 35-14. Tagovailoa was 15 match minutes away from crowds of told-you-so-critics emerging from the undergrowth with legitimate evidence as to why Tagovailoa wasn’t quite good enough to take these dolphins to new heights.

Just as those naysayers collectively inhaled to list the reasons for their disapproval of Tagovailoa — like Ace Ventura on the Finkle family’s porch — the polarizing quarterback went mad, completing 13 of 17 passes for 199 yards with four touchdowns left. without a pluck, and the adversaries sank out of sight into the bushes — in the famous Homer Simpson GIF fashion.

Miami’s fourth-quarter surge had a strong Tagovailoa-at-Alabama vibe. Tua didn’t surgically dice the opposing team with a plethora of precision lasers with a tight window. He accentuated the talent of his dynamic weapons with deep connections and a touch of improvisational flair.

And that whiff of ad-lib power showed up at the start of the comeback.

Check the spin cycle Tagovailoa put on the Ravens defender to make room before you find River Cracraft for the score. Flashing.

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On the next drive, from his own 42-yard line, Tagovailoa reached back and uncorked a bomb at Hill, who had rushed far out of defense, for six. The throw traveled nearly 60 meters in the air.

The Dolphins were smart to pick up a rookie – although very talented – on lap one Kyle Hamilton, who was shadowed towards Hilll on the snap, but peeped flat-footed at a post instead of backing away. cross the field following Hill’s Go route.

That score brought the Dolphins within one score with less than eight minutes left in the game. Then Miami’s defense tightened and the ball came back on offense.

On a 3rd-and-6 a few plays into the drive, the Ravens’ aggression got the best of them. Baltimore made a report without in-depth safety assistance, leaving rookie Jalyn Armor-Davis, playing in his first NFL game, one-on-one with Hill down the left sideline. But Armor-Davis didn’t follow Hill into the field, seemingly expecting safety help over the top that was nowhere near.

Tagovailoa quickly found Hill for a walk-in, 60-yard score. Draw.

Now, at this point, you would be perfectly justified in asking yourself, “How in the world can a defense allow Hill to flee?hat open?” In this scenario, I would answer your question with another question, “Have you ever looked at Alabama during the era of Devonta Smith, Henry Ruggs, Jerry Jeudy, and Waddle?” Properly manage verticals everywhere when there are just so many speed on the field.

After Justin Tucker’s field goal, Tagovailoa Miami marched off the field and again flashed some improvisation on the winning touchdown to Waddle. Perfect placement too, above the defender, where the explosive Waddle could go up to grab him.

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Now, I don’t immediately place Tagovailoa among the game’s elite quarterbacks after this game, despite his garish stats in it. Miami’s historic comeback was as much about the acquisition of Alabama-esque talent for Tagovailoa as it was Tagovailoa’s individual play.

And that’s okay! Not every quarterback has to be a superhero for his team to be successful. Oh, and while I’m on the subject — every quarterback who wears a cape in today’s NFL has a good cast of characters around them. Each. Quarterback is the most important position in football, but football remains the ultimate team sport.

The Dolphins will have no talent advantages over opponents from Alabama in 2022. Such a huge talent gap does not exist in the NFL, as the first two weeks of this season have clearly reminded everyone.

But off-season, Miami’s front office looked to Alabama as a blueprint for building a roster tailor-made for Tagovailoa—with better blocking and incendiary speed throughout. And it might get him to play like he did in Tuscaloosa.