Earlier today, Miami Dolphins’ general manager Chris Grier met with the media to give his pre-draft briefing on the team and answer several important questions.
As with all pre-draft pressers, a lot of it was smoke and mirrors. But one thing is very clear, whether you’ve been team Tua Tagovailoa from day one or have been sitting by the wayside waiting to say I told you so, this is Tua Tagovailoa’s team. And everything he’s shown Chris Grier and the Dolphins this offseason leads them to believe the best is yet to come.
Here’s what Grier said when asked if they’re looking to find playmakers that compliment QB Tua Tagovailoa.
Yeah, I think especially when you’re picking where we are picking, you’re always looking at your team and Tua is a big part of that. So as we build around and what we’re doing, yeah, you’re always looking at what your quarterback does best. But you’re also looking at weighing that versus the best player that is available for your team because at the end of the day, it’s always about the team. It’s not about one player, one pick, one person. You’ve heard Brian (Flores) talk about team-first players that fit right. For us, it is – it’s just looking for the right player, the right person, the right fit for our team as well as the mesh with the quarterback.
grier on tua: "he's gonna take the next step. he's been a winner everywhere he's been."— josh houtz (@houtz) April 21, 2021
Grier continued to praise Tua Tagovailoa.
The communication has been great. He’s been around. He’s been working hard. I know he’s been working with the receivers. He’s a very competitive kid as you know. I think coming off the injury last year with no OTAs, no minicamp and just being thrown in right away, that is a hard transition, especially with the rehab part he was doing. He’s healthy now. I’ve seen a couple of videos – I’m not on social media very much. He’s been working very hard. Our guys have been around and popped in and out here. He’s been great with the players and the receivers have been working. Like I said, he’s going to take the next steps. He’s been a winner everywhere he’s been and I’m really excited for him to have an offseason under his belt. I think that will be really important for him.
None of this is revolutionary, and we can all agree Tua Tagovailoa must play better in 2021. But I, like Chris Grier, expect to see the same quarterback many of us fell in love with at Tuscaloosa behind center this season.
In Tua Tagovailoa We Trust