Currently, Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is the frontrunner for the NFL’s Most Valuable Player (MVP) award, with odds of +350, according to Caesars Sportsbook. This places him ahead of star quarterbacks Patrick Mahomes (+450) and Josh Allen (+800) in the race for the prestigious title. Despite this, Tua’s teammate, wide receiver Tyreek Hill, believes that the quarterback is not receiving the respect he deserves.
Hill voiced his frustration on his podcast, ‘It Needed To Be Said,’ stating, “I’m sick and tired of people bashing my quarterback for no reason. I’m sick of it. I’m standing on the table and saying right now, I’m sick of people bashing my quarterback. He’s been doing a helluva job this year, and people need to stop giving him crap.”
Hill emphasized the challenges Tagovailoa faced last year and praised his remarkable journey to being considered an MVP candidate this season. He asserted, “A lot of people don’t understand what my dog went through just to get here, man, what he went through last year, especially. And where he is now, being talked about as MVP, that’s next level. I don’t know too many quarterbacks in this league to do that.”
Indeed, Tagovailoa’s performance has been nothing short of exceptional this season. Through six weeks, he leads the NFL in various statistical categories, including passing yards, passing touchdowns, yards per attempt, yards per completion, touchdown rate, passer rating, and EPA/dropback. He has also achieved a career-high 71.1% completion rate.
Furthermore, Tagovailoa has been a pivotal part of the Dolphins’ explosive offense, showcasing his precision passing and benefiting from the offensive design of coach Mike McDaniel. With the remarkable speed among the Dolphins’ skill position players, their offense has been one of the most explosive in the league.
Hill debunked the notion that Tagovailoa’s success is solely a result of short passes, emphasizing that the quarterback is effectively pushing the ball down the field. Hill’s defense of Tagovailoa underscores the young quarterback’s significant accomplishments this season and discourages diminishing his contributions to the team.