Wednesday afternoon, the Miami Dolphins announced their five team captains and quarterback Tua Tagovailoa was not one of them. The list includes linebacker Elandon Roberts, offensive lineman Jesse Davis, safety Clayton Fejedelem, wide receiver Mack Hollins, and defensive back Jason McCourty.
To be fair, I only recognized two of the names on that list. The Dolphins did not name any of their other star players as captains; Mike Geseki, long time receiver Devonte Parker, Bryon Jones, Xavien Howard, or Jerome Baker are all talented. None are captains.
Still, it didn't stop the internet from freaking out.
Then again, this is the starting quarterback we are talking about here. As the tweet above indicates, it's pretty much a foregone conclusion for NFL starting quarterbacks to wear the captain sticker on their jerseys.
It’s also interesting, the news comes during the same time the Dolphins finally publicly denied the increasing rumors that they were pursuing Deshaun Watson via trade. This circumstance is open to public opinion.
In terms of the captainship, people will suggest this isn’t really a big deal. While others will scream from the mountain tops that Tua doesn’t have the leadership skills to lead this football team. It might add evidence the players in the locker room don’t like Tua. Or the other scenario, this could be the event that lights a fire under Tua.
The second-year quarterback has a chip on his shoulder after many critics suggested the Dolphins should move off of him after just one year.
Regardless, Tua is the starting quarterback and he has to prepare to play the Patriots on Sunday, a team that will start his back-up Mac Jones at quarterback.
But hey, no pressure or anything.
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