The Miami Dolphins were on the verge of making the playoffs in 2020, but couldn’t decide who their starting QB was half the time. They decided to bring in Tua Tagovailoa following the bye week in week 7 but then continued to pull him early or start Ryan Fitzpatrick over him throughout the season. The organization couldn’t decide whether they wanted to win now or let their first-round QB learn and develop in the game. Despite the back and forth, the team went from losing records the previous three years to a winning 10-6 record.
A big part of the success in 2020 and the sudden rebuild was the defense. The unit really kept the team in games even when rookie QB, Tagovailoa, would struggle. They didn’t lose any key pieces outside of linebacker Kyle Van Noy. And they still were able to add edge rusher Jaelen Phillips and safety Jevon Holland early in the 2021 Draft. On offense, there was a glaring need for the pass catchers to create separation for Tua. The organization addressed this with free-agent signing Will Fuller and top-tier WR prospect Jaylen Waddle. Tua looks to set up for success in this offense, and the defense looks like it’s back and ready to compete again. The Dolphins are prepared to make some noise in the postseason in 2021.