A measured, unbiased take from a fair weather Dolfan. They are not a home team, just a local team, which means I know them both intimately and objectively.
Here are some facts that led me to the path of TuAnon discipleship.
Miami has done more winning under Tua than at any point in the past 20 years. First time back-to-back winning records since Ricky was still running. That includes a perfect 3-0 record vs tomorrow’s opponent.
The perception is Tua’s been carried by a superstar supporting cast. The reality is Miami underwent one of the most blatant tank jobs in sports history the year before he arrived.
Did the defense turn around quickly? Sure. The offense? Not so much. Here were skill position teammates for his first win against the aforementioned Patriots.
Now the roster did improve slightly last year, but it wouldn’t have if Tua haters had their way. Even at the lowest, most pessimistic moment of the season, Dolfans unanimously agreed that Deshaun Watson wouldn’t have fixed their problems.
“Wins are not a quarterback stat! But all the Dolphins need is a quarterback!” Jerk off motion.
But while the roster was better last year, some things were much worse. Specifically, the offensive line.
Cowboys fans remember a time after we fired Chan Gailey and the o-line became worse than imaginable. Well, I finally watched one that was even worse. The worst I have ever seen.
But he still delivered. 4.9% sack rate – 8th lowest in the league. With the worst pass blocking in history.
But despite all that, us Tua supporters are the Qanon of sports. He’s the most slandered and ridiculed quarterback I’ve ever followed. A practice highlight got 7M hate views. Tyreek Hill gets death threats for talking him up. Why all the hate?
There’s three main reasons imo – (1) injuries, (2) arm strength, and (3) the Raiders game. Honorable mention is Bama hate, Polynesian people hate, and lefty hate. Let’s break down the big three…
Injuries – the only legitimate concern. He’s had to remodel his game from being Russ-like out of high school to a Drew Brees 2.0 now.
Get the ball out quick, lean on elite accuracy/anticipation, and don’t take hits. I’ve been liking what I’ve seen so far, as evidenced by the commentary above on the worst pass blocking o-line in NFL history.
Arm Strength – again, another Drew Brees trait. Accuracy and anticipation has to make up for velocity. The deep ball, however, is still elite. Yes, I said elite
The Raiders game – it sucks that this is the only full Tua game most NFL fans have seen.
Who knows how different things would be if his primetime game had been the shootout vs Cards to knock Kyler out of playoff contention or the H2H Herbert ass whooping to knock out the Chargers. Hell even the Ravens game which Tua kinda sucked in worked out way better.
It would take an entirely separate post to unpack the overreactions, so for the sake of brevity I’ll just say that every single rookie bar Mac Jones is a bust by the standard set after that game. If that’s ‘rock bottom’ QB play, sign me up for that QB.
Bitch ass Brian Flores
Tua haters love Flores for some reason. It’s extremely hypocritical after how most of most of them outraged over Deshaun Watson, but hating Tua always takes priority over hating sexual predator enablers in this world.
Those of us who watched Dolphins know Flores was the fucking worst. Just another bum ass Belichick protégé. Sabotaged the offense last year to force the hand on Deshaun Watson. Disgusting on so many levels.
He’s not a problem for TuAnon anymore. It’s Mike McDaniel time – Bong Shula baby let it rip! The most brilliant, charismatic coach I’ve ever seen and I cannot wait to see how this unfolds.
Tua’s Track Team
Bong Shula brought TuAnon faithful some new toys to enjoy.
Tyreek Hill is the fastest receiver in the league. Raheem Mostert is the fastest back. Add in Chase Edmonds, Jaylen Waddle, and Mike Gesicki and you get one of the fastest teams we’ve ever seen.
No more league-worst YAC for Tua. (Bong Shula’s offense boasted the highest YAC rate in the league last year, fyi).
Oh yeah and there’s also Hall of Famer Terron Armstead on the line now.