A new era begins in Miami
MIAMI — Late but sure: A new era is dawning in Miami.
And that doesn’t mean they’re racking up wins or being candidates, just that they’ve joined modern American football.
The NFL, like everything in life, evolves. And the sport has changed for quite some time. Not only in terms of the rules, but also in terms of the requirements that every team that wants to be a protagonist must have, especially the ability to score quickly.
That’s why no advantage seems to be safe in the league today. The last 711 teams to drop 21 points in the fourth quarter had all lost, before the miraculous return of the Miami Dolphins last Sunday.
But they weren’t the only ones. The New York Jets overturned a 13-point deficit in two minutes, the Arizona Cardinals won after leading 0-20 and the Los Angeles Rams nearly missed a 28-3 deficit. Yes, the same favorable score as in this Super Bowl LI which saw the Atlanta Falcons disappear at the hands of the New England Patriots to lose the championship in overtime.
With Brian Flores as coach, the Dolphins were a relatively solid team that wasn’t shooting themselves in the foot. However, they were also an extremely boring team.
Mike McDaniel, also known as the mad scientist, came along and changed the dynamic behind closed doors.
Yes, he’s a genius when it comes to tactics and game design, but at the same time he creates a positive environment around him. He is not afraid to laugh at himself, and he gives confidence to those he leads.
Tua Tagovailoa has had a tough road in the NFL so far. He came to professionalism after a career-threatening hip injury.
In his freshman year, he alternated starts with Ryan Fitzpatrick, and his then-coach pulled him out of games at the end of several games to make way for Fitz.
In his sophomore year he was not voted captain and as far as the game was concerned, he felt the need to string together 16 games, given the poor offensive line and conservative calls. He alternates between good and evil, and above all his personality seems to be affected amidst all the rumors of Deshaun Watson.
McDaniel arrived and he understood that trust guaranteed at least 50% success. So he started empowering his quarterback, and more importantly, he started surrounding him with personnel who would maximize his abilities, like Tyreek Hill, Terron Armstead and Cedrick Wilson.
Tua is a very calm and different boy. McDaniel is too, and these personalities have been embracing since minute zero.
The result is that we see Tagovailoa bloom before our eyes.
Of course, he still has his detractors, who claim he has no arms, which I find ridiculous.
Mainly because he always had the same arm and the same style of play, which makes me think that those who question his arm have never seen him play at the University of Alabama.
Many compare him to Justin Herbert, who is a phenomenal quarterback, because Miami could have chosen him. And the reality is, they couldn’t be two more different quarterbacks.
And amid all the noise, Tagovailoa kept his cool, when so many other quarterbacks lost their cool for much less.
My main criticism of Tua’s game in his early years is that he played scared, without confidence. When his trademark was to grow in important moments. Because throughout his career, he was at his best when it mattered most, until he came to the NFL and that flame was extinguished.
And we saw that change on Sunday, when while the Baltimore Ravens defense had a few rare misunderstandings, he played a perfect fourth quarter, and he showed that confidence by aiming for his “coolness” as he came to win the game. .
Of course, the creativity of the calls helps. Of course, it helps to have two of the fastest receivers in the NFL in Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle. Of course, it helps that his teammates, especially Hill, publicly praise him.
It’s another atmosphere, and it’s another Tua, who gains confidence with each passing game.
Part of the beauty of the NFL is that we have different types of quarterbacks, with something for everyone. There are rhythm quarterbacks who beat you with their intellect, there are quarterbacks with clumsy arms who manipulate delivery angles, there are quarterbacks who hurt you with their legs, and there are quarterbacks who defy the makes sense because they’re just different.
Tua’s main strengths have always been his precision, his courage in the pocket and the speed with which he makes transitions.
He will never be the quarterback with the strongest arm. But what he couldn’t continue to do, if he wanted to prolong his NFL career, was lose confidence.
And what Miami couldn’t continue to do if it wanted to break out of its endless monotony was cling to an era of American football that is now a thing of the past.
If this week has shown us anything, it’s that the Dolphins are never out of the game, no matter how big the deficit. Because with this staff they can score in the blink of an eye. That is, they have more room for error than a team that has to dodge penalties and constantly put together streaks longer than 10 games.
It’s taken a while, but the future is here for the Dolphins, who, as I said before the season, will at least be an entertaining team for the first time in a long time.
That doesn’t mean they’re candidates now, because the division is still going through Buffalo. They face the Buffalo Bills this week and have lost their last seven meetings against them.
But it does mean the Dolphins picked their coach well and most of Tagovailoa’s criticism has been grossly unfair.
The first four games of Miami’s schedule have been particularly tough, but then the schedule has a long plateau in the middle, so even in the very tough AFC, the Dolphins promise to be at least protagonists.
The victory against Baltimore is equal to any other, but this victory was anything but monotonous, and I think it illustrates a new era in Miami.
You can trumpet a positive message for a long time, but sometimes you need proof to get your team to believe what you’re selling.
This victory against Baltimore is the perfect proof for Miami, and especially for Tua Tagovailoa, who has confirmed that he can be a very good quarterback in this league.
I remember the day we were covering the NCAA National Championship for ESPN Deportes Radio when Nick Saban decided to put Tua Tagovailoa at halftime and then DID him in overtime. A moment reserved only for special quarterbacks, and last Sunday after an eventful course, he remembered that this quarterback was always in him.
*Local teams take second place
As I always say, it’s never good to play every game. In other words, there are some that are best passed up. That’s why I decided to add this section, to publicize my six favorite betting line teams. Reviews are welcome, as the idea is to add a beneficial attribute for readers. Team order is not random and predictions do not affect total stats.
KANSAS CITY HEADS
LAS VEGAS ADVENTURERS
LOS ANGELES RAMS
SUICIDE POOL ‘ELIMINATOR CHALLENGE’
Many of us participate in this type of competition. In this case, the betting line does not matter. Just don’t repeat any shift throughout each week. Of course, these predictions won’t affect the total stats either. Incidentally, the teams chosen so far.
KANSAS CITY HEADS
FIXED WITH BETTING LINE
At the request of many, we have added the fixed line with wager from week 11 of 2013.
KANSAS CITY HEADS
I’ve always said that I’m not a fan of teasers, since they come from the word tent and are called “sucker bets”, but, at the request of several readers, we added this section. Here, as there are three teams, the line is changed by 6 points, but you have to hit all three to cash. Below I name the three teams with the modified lines in parentheses.
DALLAS COWBOYS (+9.5 years)
SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (+7 1/2)
PITTSBURGH STEELERS (+10 years average)
At the request of several of our readers, we are including a set of highs and lows for each week.
HIGH PACKERS-BUCCANEERS (40 and a half years old)
OUTS OF 49ERS-BRONCOS (45 and a half)
WAKE FOREST DEAMON DEACONS (+7 years average)
BAYLOR BEARS (+3 years average)
Total Stats (With+Without+Teaser+Highs and Lows+NCAA):
With betting line:
No bet line:
Surprise of the week (no line):
Fix of the week (no line):
Fixed of the week (with line):
Power 6 (with line):
Highs and lows:
Suicide Pool (no line):
1-1 (den, LAR)
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