It has been a tale of two seasons for Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa this year.
When he has been on the field and healthy, Tagovailoa has been stellar. He put up career-high numbers, kept Miami very much in the playoff race and proved himself to be every bit the talent fans expected him to be coming out of Alabama.
Unfortunately, Tagovailoa has really struggled to stay healthy. He has suffered multiple concussions this season alone and it has led to chatter in some circles about him possibly needing to retire.
This week Nick Hicks, Tagovailoa’s trainer, took to social media to address the rumors of his guy having to call it a career early.
“I know some of you are mad — but UNO ain’t going anywhere for a very very long time get over it,” he wrote on Twitter.
“And BTW — NO ONE cares about your ‘fandom.’ Being miserable is your own prerogative. Especially when the season isn’t over and the playoffs are ready and waiting. So, Jump ship & find another team. No one cares lol. Especially the Miami Dolphins and their players.”
It is impossible to overstate how good Tagovailoa has been in 2022 while healthy. He has amassed 3,548 yards, 28 touchdowns (to only 8 interceptions) while maintaining a QB rating of 105.5.
And he has deftly ducked potential off-the-field issues like his secret wife.
That is quite the contrast to the 2,653 yards, 16 touchdowns (to 10 interceptions) and 90.1 QB rating he mustered last season while being on Brian Flores’ you-know-what list.
But concussions are no joke. Just ask Robert Griffin III.
It is good that Tagovailoa’s trainer insists he isn’t going anywhere, but that is only the first step.
The video speaks for itself. https://t.co/anhwUsbzVa
— Game 7 (@game7__) December 30, 2022
The youngster needs to stop taking hits to the head.
Because while he may not be retiring now, it shouldn’t even be a matter of conversation for someone as young as him.
This was the year Tagovailoa took a step forward to become a better quarterback. Next year, in 2023, he needs to become a smarter one.