The Miami Dolphins are a franchise that’s been trying to become contenders since the 80s.
While they had success in the 70s, they haven’t been that same team of dominant defense mixed with a good offense.
However, they are putting together a team in 2022 to change things in the AFC East.
But is Miami a contender for 2022, or are they just pretenders in an AFC stacked with talent?
Few analysts believe in the Dolphins this season, so this answer might shock most people.
The Case For Miami Being A Real Deal Contender In 2022
There are people who point at Tua Tagovailoa as the reason Miami won’t do anything this season.
Tua is a trash QB. He got no good traits. Nothing at all. You can't even win 4 games with him unless you got a legendary coach. Thay will be proven in 2022. You will see.
— Erik Puka (@EltonPuka) June 4, 2022
However, that isn’t entirely true with the young quarterback.
He has won against teams that many thought he couldn’t beat.
But going into his third season with the Dolphins, he’ll need to work on winning the most important games in the season.
That’s why Miami spent this season getting him all the tools he needs on offense to improve.
He’ll now have great pass protection from Armstead while Hill gives him that deep threat they need.
Michel and Mostert give him a one-two punch with the running game, helping take pressure off him.
However, even with talented players around him, he’ll still need to make improvements with his passing game.
His interception numbers from 2021 are concerning, but they could change with his new offense.
But can he actually lower those numbers in 2022?
Tyreek Hill Is Hyping Up Tua
Accuracy isn’t the first thing fans think about concerning Tua.
With him throwing 10 interceptions, his accuracy isn’t talked about in a good light last year in 13 games played.
However, his new receiver feels he’s more accurate than Patrick Mahomes.
Tyreek Hill got a lot of heat for calling Tua a more accurate QB than Mahomes.
Now I’m not saying at all that he’s right, but…
2021 Completion Percentage:
There are a lot of things that Tua is not, but he is for sure an accurate QB. 🎯
— Joe Beldner (@JoeBeldner) July 5, 2022
He’s more accurate than Mahomes, according to the completion numbers.
But those numbers don’t tell the entire story.
Last season, he had two games where he completed over 80% of his passes.
Dolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa completed 27-of-33 (81.8%) of his passes on Sunday, making him just the 4th QB in NFL history to complete at least 80% of his passes in back-to-back games with at least 30 attempts.
Tua has now completed 70.5% of his passes this season, 2nd in the NFL.
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) November 29, 2021
Those two 80+ games put him in a league with only three other quarterbacks in NFL history to complete that feat.
His three games of 80% completion rate or higher during 2021 tie him with Aaron Rodgers.
However, these numbers get lost when he performs poorly against teams.
With those three brilliant games last season, he also had four games were his passing percentage was below 60%.
But it’s clear why Hill is hyping up Tua for the upcoming season with those three games he had.
Tua Can Now Prove The Dolphins Are Contenders
While the Miami defense kept the team on the cusp of being a playoff team in their last two seasons, Tua can now lead the team this season.
He has everything that he needs to turn Miami into playoff contenders.
That’s why this season it’s all on him to prove they are the contenders few people see them to be.
Otherwise, all the hype from Hill makes them look like playoff pretenders for the 2022 season.