MIAMI — The Miami Dolphins, like all teams that are finished with their seasons, have promised a period of self-evaluation.
"I think right now we're going to focus on evaluating the team, evaluating the roster and creating a vision for what we want 2021 to look like," coach Brian Flores said last week. "That's a one day at a time process and that's kind of the early part of the offseason."
But here's something strange: On the same day last week Flores and general manager Chris Grier spoke of needing a thorough look in the mirror before deciding on a course for 2021, they also told us the most important decision of 2021 is already made.
Grier said Tua Tagovailoa will be the starting quarterback for 2021, which suggests a long evaluation or deep exam of the starting quarterback position is either complete or not necessary.
And that caught the attention of at least three players within the team because they have told the Miami Herald in recent days they didn't see enough from Tagovailoa in 2020 to promise him, well, anything for next season.
"I understand what they said," one player said. "But I don't understand why."
These players said they remain hopeful Tagovailoa will improve, but admitted he was not outstanding as a rookie, in their opinions.
And anyone who watched the Dolphins last season indeed saw Tagovailoa was good at times and not good at others.
"I think Tua has made a lot of improvement, really developed over the course of the year, so we'll just continue to try to make those improvements," Flores said.
But the concerning thing to the players who spoke to the Herald is they are not convinced Tagovailoa is going to be great in the future.