NFL World Reacts To Tua Tagovailoa Not Being Named Dolphins Team Captain

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Like many other teams, the Miami Dolphins announced their team captains for the 2021 season. Though the captain’s badge has little impact on the field, Tua Tagovailoa still did not get one.

Linebacker Elandon Roberts, offensive tackle Jesse Davis, safety Clayton Fejedelem, wide receiver Mack Hollins and cornerback Jason McCourty were named the Dolphins’ captains today. Their captains were reportedly voted on by the players.

With Tua Tagovailoa being conspicuously absent from the list, fans are concerned. Many elements of Tua’s game were called into question after the team’s disappointing finish to the 2020 season.

Given that even rookie quarterbacks often get the captain’s badge, it’s definitely an odd situation. Fans are calling it out on Twitter, wondering just why Tua didn’t get the badge:

As a rookie in 2020, Tua Tagovailoa completed 64-percent of his passes for 1,814 yards and 11 touchdowns with five interceptions. He went 6-3 as a starter, but struggled in Week 17 against the Buffalo Bills in a game that knocked the Dolphins out of the playoffs.

In the ensuing offseason, there were a litany of reports that suggested the Dolphins were dissatisfied with Tua. At multiple points, the Dolphins were linked with a possible trade for disgruntled Houston Texans QB Deshaun Watson.

Such a trade would immediately spell the end of Tua’s brief tenure with the Miami Dolphins.

The captain’s badge doesn’t mean a whole lot in the NFL. But it feels significant when it comes to player people are already seemingly writing off.

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