Dolphins, If the epic roster tear down of 2019 is to be successful, the largest piece is for the countless cycle of mediocre Dolphins quarterbacks to finish in 20 A.D. (twenty years after Dan). We’ve been listening to for months now about how Miami is so infatuated with Tua Tagovailoa that they had been going to dedicate an low season to arrange strikes to amass him. The time period that many like to make use of advert nauseam is “tanking.”
A bit has occurred since then.
First off, the Bengals have dropped ten straight whereas the Dolphins gained two in a row earlier than dropping a rivalry sport to the Buffalo Payments. The Dolphins are much less gifted however extra aggressive than the Cincinnati Bengals and finally Miami will win extra video games than Cincinnati. The Bengals-not the Dolphins-will get first crack at a quarterback within the upcoming draft, barring a commerce again situation that appears fairly unlikely. E-book it.
Secondly, LSU quarterback Joe Burrow has ascended right into a media darling. Extra importantly, he’s ascended into type of a stud. Burrow has padded his resume’ with wins in opposition to stiff competitors, most notably carrying his Tigers to victory in Tuscaloosa over the juggernaut Crimson Tide. He has taken faculty soccer by storm, and there’s cause to consider he would be the first quarterback taken within the 2020 NFL Draft — probably by the Cincinnati Bengals.
What makes Burrow QB1 in April’s draft much more probably is the hip damage Tua Tagovailoa sustained in Saturday’s beatdown of Mississippi State. Tua’s season is over and he’ll have an extended highway of rehab forward of him to play soccer in 2020 and past. Fortunately, at this second in time it seems he’ll have the ability to make a full restoration and play once more — one thing that wasn’t so clear on Saturday afternoon.
Tua Tagovailoa underwent on his surgical procedure on his proper hip this morning in Houston and, in line with Alabama, “his prognosis is great.”
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 18, 2019
This complicates issues for, properly, everybody concerned. As it pertains to the Miami Dolphins and Chris Grier, it makes issues much more fascinating given what we all know. If what Wealthy Eisen heard was right and Miami is infatuated with Tua, there are some trigger and results to notice: How does the damage have an effect on Tagovailoa’s draft inventory? And the way does this damage affect the Dolphins’ pursuit of him?
Joe Burrow’s rise in recognition coupled with Tua’s damage will undoubtedly end in Tua not being taken first total in April’s draft, one thing that was practically consensus a month in the past. This advantages Miami. If the “wonderful” prognosis is correct, will a group, notably the Dolphins, nonetheless draft him in spherical one? That’s the place issues get muddied.
On one hand, Miami might nonetheless take him with their first of three first spherical picks; a choose that figures to be within the prime 5 at this cut-off date. Now that Tua is injured, they shouldn’t have to commerce any property to get him, regardless of them profitable a number of video games. This can be a wild actuality that didn’t appear potential earlier than the damage. Then again, nevertheless, is the considered ready to seize him with one of many group’s later picks. This must have crossed the Dolphins’ resolution makers minds by now. Seize a blue chip expertise on the prime of spherical one and get their coveted quarterback? Chris Grier must be salivating.
Would Grier danger that, although? Would he danger dropping out on his presumed final goal after all of the work he put in to deconstruct a roster to construct again up round his darling quarterback? Would he danger letting Tua slide down the draft board to the tip of spherical one the place a sure division rival has an previous quarterback with out a contract in 2020. Nothing can be extra tragic for Dolphins followers than seeing that come to fruition.
Finally, Chris Grier must belief his scouts. He must belief the docs — each those engaged on Tua now and within the rapid future in addition to group doctors-to correctly deal with, diagnose, and clear the quarterback. We don’t want one other Brees state of affairs on our fingers. And lastly, Grier must belief his eyes and his intestine with regard to his resolution. He’s moved masterfully within the low season and in the course of the season itself to safe property for April. He must now have the intestinal fortitude to have conviction to make a troublesome and unfathomably important resolution in April.