May 17, 2024

Chris Grier: Tua Tagovailoa is doing everything he can to be great

Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is working to take his sport to the following stage. And the Dolphins are completely satisfied about that.

“You’ve got to give him all the credit,” G.M. Chris Grier instructed reporters on Tuesday relating to Tua’s resolution to work with a personal quarterback coach this yr. “He is just like last offseason when he attacked to stay healthy and doing the jiujitsu or judo, whichever one, but he’s just — watching him work and how he wants to be great. He took all this stuff on his own and told us what he was going to do, so you’ve got to give him all the credit on that.”

He went from including weight final yr to dropping some weight this yr. Grier was requested whether or not that was one thing the staff wished him to do.

“I think this again is to his credit,” Grier mentioned. “He’s trying to do everything he can to do what he can to be great. And that’s been from Day One when Mike [McDaniel] and him connected here, working through the first season and then making the changes offseason, working through last year, staying healthy, leading the league in passing and now this is his next evolution. As Mike has told you guys, we feel like there is a whole other step that he can take, so we’re excited about his future.”

Reading between the strains, it seems that Tua is doing the issues he believes the staff needs him to do, with out the staff expressly telling him to do them. And Tua appears to be selecting up, and performing on, the cues from the staff as to the issues they assume he wants to do to get to the following stage.

For each side, the longer term consists of yet one more yr underneath contract. The query is whether or not the Dolphins will give him a long-term deal earlier than the 2024 season begins, or whether or not they want to see the place he is and the way far he has come earlier than making a long-term dedication.

They have the franchise tag at their disposal for 2025. Still, sooner or later they want to make a monetary gesture that converts their phrases to tangible motion.

The problem continues to be discovering the fitting quantity for that. Where within the continuum of quarterback contracts does Tua match? If the 2 sides agreed on that, they’d have already got a deal.