It’s tough being a Dolphins fan.
I want to say about 60-70% of the fan base (including me) said Miami should NOT draft Penei Sewell. After passing up countless playmakers and drafting lineman that don’t pan out, most of the general public knew the Dolphins would go WR.
Then, for the first time in a long time, this was supposed to be the strongest receiving core since the Marks brothers. But on Sunday, our Achilles heel/ division rivals from Buffalo remind us every year that you can have all the weapons in the world, but if you can’t protect your QB, what’s the point of drafting speedsters like Jaylen Waddle?
Not a single starting Dolphins WR has caught all of their passes this season and we’re only in week 3.
Today, we received news that Tua is out (fractured ribs) 3-6 weeks. All because of a missed block by Jesse Davis who shouldn’t have been starting at RT in the first place. Robert Hunt has been getting mauled. Solomon Kindley is doing his best human turnstile impersonation and Austin Jackson hasn’t really looked like the first round pick we’d hoped for.
Some are giving Flores the benefit of the doubt that it wasn’t his decision to draft Tua instead of Herbert after there was reportedly a 50-50 split in the war room on draft day. And now, the Dolphins are crossing their fingers to somehow go .500 with a non existent running game, o-line, under Jacoby Brissett and fan favorite Reid Sinnett until “savior” Tua comes back.
At this point of his pro career, Tua Tagavailoa has been a let down. He’s not at all to blame for his latest injury, but he hasn’t exactly commanded the offense at this point like many thought he would. Is it nerves? Is he 100% healed from his hip injury? Is it a lack of confidence in his o-line?
Patriots CB J.C Jackson said he was not impressed by the Dolphins signal caller in week 1 stating “If he (Tua) doesn’t have his first read, he’s just going to throw the ball up.”
It’s not hard to admit that Tua doesn’t look completely confident out there and that’s one of the main reasons the Deshaun Watson chatter won’t go away.
I might sound like a Debbie Downer, but isn’t this a variation of the same thing fans have been experiencing for the last 20+ years?
If Miami had problems with the o-line all training camp did they even try to trade a high pick for an OT or did they just band aid it and let the (expletive) hit the fan when DK Fluker got hurt? Were they really putting that many eggs in the basket of a player that didn’t play in 2020? How about Liam Eichenberg? Played his entire career at tackle now all of a sudden he’s a guard because Kindley is so bad? Was cutting Erick Flowers that smart of a move?
Position shuffling, bad executive decisions, inconsistent QB play, and O-line issues continue to haunt this Franchise. “The sky’s not falling down” -Phins Oline coach Lemuel Jean-Pierre.
That’s because it already has many times before and now after coming off a 10-win season, we have more questions than ever.