Tua Tagovailoa Says It's 'Tough' in Dolphins Locker Room After 5th Loss of Season

Erin WalshOctober 17, 2021

Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (1) gestures during the first half of an NFL football game between the Miami Dolphins and the Jacksonville Jaguars at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium in London, England, Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021. (AP Photo/Matt Dunhan)
AP Photo/Matt Dunhan

Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa didn't want to talk about his individual performance following Sunday's 23-20 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London.

The loss dropped Miami to 1-5 on the season, and Tagovailoa admitted things in the locker room aren't doing so well as the Dolphins are now in sole possession of last place in the AFC East.

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Miami has lost its last five games following a season-opening win against the New England Patriots. Three of those losses came while Tagovailoa was sidelined with fractured ribs. 

Tagovailoa looked solid in his first game back, completing 33 of 47 passes for 329 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. He also ran for 22 yards on three carries. 

But as WPLG's Will Manso points out, the Dolphins have much more significant issues than Tagovailoa: 

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Tua Tagovailoa is 33-47, 329 yards, 2 TD, 1 bad INT and 22 yards rushing coming off broken ribs. Today taught us what most of us already knew. The Dolphins have much bigger issues than Tua.

Miami's offensive line "has been a nightmare" this season, as Pro Football Focus wrote last week (h/t the Palm Beach Post.) Entering Sunday's game, Tagovailoa had been sacked four times in two games and had been pressured on 28.6 percent of his dropbacks. 

Compare that to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who have a solid offensive line. Veteran quarterback Tom Brady has been pressured on 13.2 percent of his dropbacks through six games. 

The Dolphins could also use an upgrade at running back. Malcolm Brown, Salvon Ahmed and Myles Gaskin combined for just 55 yards on the ground in Sunday's loss to Jacksonville. Of the three, only Brown has a rushing touchdown this season. 

In addition, Miami's defense needs to be better. Entering Sunday's game, the Dolphins defense had allowed 12 passing touchdowns, tied for third-most in the NFL and six rushing scores, also third-most in the league. 

Things aren't looking great for the Dolphins, who are slated to take on the Atlanta Falcons before facing the Buffalo Bills on October 31. They're already in a deep hole, but that hole will be even more difficult to climb out of if they lose next weekend's game to Atlanta.