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Dolphins Players Anonymously Rip Tua Tagovailoa

Isaiah De Los Santos
Several Miami Dolphins players anonymously criticized rookie QB Tua Tagovailoa.
Several Miami Dolphins players anonymously criticized rookie QB Tua Tagovailoa. / Timothy T Ludwig/Getty Images

Miami Dolphins rookie QB Tua Tagovailoa came into the season with a ton of hype after excelling at Alabama. While Tagovailoa did eventually take over as the Dolphins' starter, he and veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick switched off under center as the rookie failed to earn the job outright.

Tagovailoa has drawn anonymous criticism from his own teammates now that the season is over.

The reviews of Tagovailoa are scathing, with members of the Dolphins saying they were unimpressed by the rookie in training camp and others expressing doubts about him being the team's starting QB in the future.

These could be rookie growing pains that are giving Dolphins players pause. But looking around the league at other first-year QBs like Justin Herbert and Joe Burrow, it's hard to not see the gap between them and Tagovailoa.

If the complaints about Tagovailoa's lack of velocity and inability to make off-script throws are true, it could set the Dolphins up for failure, even despite their rising defense. With the No. 3 pick at their disposal in this year's draft, Miami might seriously need to consider drafting another college stud or using it in a package for Deshaun Watson.

The fact that Tagovailoa doesn't seem to have the support of the locker room is a concerning sign after an up-and-down rookie year.

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