Tua Tagovailoa hot start: Dolphins QB joins Dan Marino in history books among NFL passing leaders

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tua tagovailoa 1400 us Tua Tagovailoa hot start: Dolphins QB joins Dan Marino in history books among NFL passing leaders

Although the Miami Dolphins quarterback has done everything possible to silence the doubters through the first two weeks of the season, Tua Tagowailoa has certainly received his fair share of criticism throughout his young NFL career. Tagovailoa has emerged as one of the best passers in the early game, thanks to an offensive-minded head coach (Mike McDaniel) and a revamped quarterback with two of the game’s best players in Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle.

The results show Tagovailoa is the Dolphins’ franchise quarterback, becoming one of the league’s best passers in two games. Although it’s a small sample size, Tagovailoa continues to show improvement as a quarterback that has put him in the conversation with Joe Burrow and Justin Herbert, the other quarterbacks taken in the top 10 picks of the 2020 NFL Draft. .

In this week’s “By the Numbers,” we take a look at Tagovailoa’s ranks among the NFL’s leaders so far this season and how his breakout performance Sunday entered the Dolphins record book.

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NFL Passing Leaders — Completion Rate

  1. Geno Smith (Seahawks) — 81%
  2. Josh Allen (Bills) — 75.4%
  3. Patrick Mahomes (Chiefs) — 73%
  4. Matthew Stafford (Rams) — 72.7%
  5. Justin Herbert (Chargers) — 72%
  6. Tua Tagovailoa (Dolphins) — 71.1%

NFL Passing Leaders — Passing Yards

  1. Tua Tagovailoa (Dolphins) — 739
  2. Carson Wentz (Captains) — 650
  3. Joe Flacco (Jets) — 616
  4. Josh Allen (Bills) — 614
  5. Justin Herbert (Chargers) — 613

NFL Passing Leaders — Passing TDs

  1. Tua Tagovailoa (Dolphins) — 7
  2. Carson Wentz (Captains) — 7
  3. Josh Allen (Bills) — 7
  4. Patrick Mahomes (Chiefs) — 7
  5. Justin Herbert (Chargers) — 6
  6. Lamar Jackson (Ravens) — 6
  7. Jared Goff (Lions) — 6

NFL passing leaders — passer rating

  1. Patrick Mahomes (Chiefs) — 127.9
  2. Josh Allen (Bills) — 123.7
  3. Lamar Jackson (Ravens) — 120.1
  4. Tua Tagovailoa (Dolphins) — 116.5
  5. Justin Herbert (Chargers) — 112.5

Of the four major passing categories, Tagovailoa ranks in the top six in all — the least shocking of which is her completion percentage. Tagovailoa is the only quarterback with 700 yards through two weeks, and is tied with Allen, Mahomes and Wentz for the lead in passing touchdowns — good company.

Tagoailoa didn’t connect on short passes either. He leads the NFL in passes for 10-plus air yards (434) and is tied for the league lead in passes traveled 10-plus air yards (18) and passing touchdowns (5). He is third in the league in yards per attempt (8.9) and fifth in the NFL in touchdowns per pass attempt (8.4). Tagovailoa threw a first down on 42.2% of his pass attempts, trailing only Mahomes in that category.

Bottom line, Tagovailoa was one of the early league’s best quarterbacks. His return in Sunday’s win over the Baltimore Ravens got the league on notice.

Most completions in a game — Dolphins history

  1. Don Marino (1986) — 39
  2. Don Marino (1997) — 38
  3. Tua Tagovailoa (2022) — 36

Most passing yards in a game — Dolphins history

  1. Don Marino (1988) — 521
  2. Don Marino (1994) — 573
  3. Don Marino (1984) –470
  4. Tua Tagovailoa (2022) — 469
  5. Don Marino (1995) — 450

Dolphins History — Most Passing Touchdowns in a Game

  1. Bob Grease (1977) — 6
  2. Don Marino (1986) — 6
  3. Tua Tagovailoa (2022) — 6

Tagovailoa’s performance was one of the best games for a quarterback in the Dolphins’ storied franchise. Only Marino has more completions and passing yards per game than Tagovailoa, who became the third quarterback to throw six touchdown passes in a game for the organization — joining Griese and Marino (arguably the two best quarterbacks to ever play for the franchise. )

Five of Tagovailoa’s six touchdowns came in the second half, four of which came in the fourth quarter. He joined Joe Montana as the only quarterback in NFL history to throw four touchdown passes in a game — just the fifth quarterback in league history to accomplish the feat.

The Dolphins rallied from 21 points down in the fourth to win, the largest comeback in franchise history. Tagovailoa finished 13 of 17 for 199 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions in the fourth quarter with a 154.2 rating — Miami’s first win at M&T Bank Stadium and the Dolphins’ first since 1997 in Baltimore.

The performance was historic for Tagovailoa, who continues to prove he can win games for the Dolphins from the starting quarterback. Looking at Tagovailo’s first 23 starts, his criticisms are overblown.

Highest completion percentage — first 23 starts (NFL history)

  1. Joe Burrow (Bengals) — 67.1%
  2. Deshaun Watson (Texans) — 66.9%
  3. Kurt Warner (Rams) — 66.5%
  4. Justin Herbert (Chargers) — 66.4%
  5. Tua Tagovailoa (Dolphins) — 66.2%

Top 23 Career Best Hitting Percentage — Since 2017

  1. Lamar Jackson (Ravens) — .870 (20-3)
  2. Patrick Mahomes (Chiefs) — .739 (17-6)
  3. Tua Tagovailoa (Dolphins) — .652 (15-8)
  4. Deshaun Watson (Texans) — .609 (14-9)
  5. Josh Allen (Bills) — .609 (14-9)

Despite being unable to throw the ball downfield as a result of a poor offensive line in his first two years in the league, Tagovailoa has always had a high completion rate. Despite having just 27 touchdown passes, Tagovailoa ranks fifth in NFL history in completion percentage (66.2%) after a player’s first two seasons (at least 500 attempts). That’s in his first two seasons in the league with three offensive coordinators, with the Dolphins going through several trade rumors involving Tagovailoa’s team’s starting quarterback position.

The Dolphins have finally shown faith in Tagovailoa, building an offense around him and giving him a fair shot as the franchise’s quarterback. Even with a small sample size, that result paid off.

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