On top of having the better Alabama quarterback, New England Patriots fans have the one who’s well-trained with the media, too.
Mac Jones has been everything fans could’ve ever hoped for after being selected No. 15 overall in 2021. He was the best rookie in his draft class despite being the final QB taken in the first round and he’s a prototypical Patriot when it comes to his mannerisms and dedication to the game.
His former Alabama teammate Tua Tagovailoa, though? Not so much. After two years in the NFL, Tagovailoa, despite a 13-8 record, hasn’t exactly shown promise. His arm really isn’t great, he was limited due to some injuries, and the former Dolphins regime opted to play Ryan Fitzpatrick over him for a stretch where most Miami fans were scratching their heads.
Throw in the fact he’s been susceptible to criticism for his “noodle” arm — not our words! — and the former national champion just hasn’t been viewed favorable thus far into his pro career.
Arguably worse, though? His response to that criticism. If this is going to be it, then he might as well just not talk about it at all.
Patriots fans will laugh at Dolphins’ Tua Tagovailoa’s response to trash talk
“For me, it’s just zone that out. We come out to practice. Everyone else — Twitter warriors, keyboard warriors, whatever you want to call them — they’re not out here practicing with us working hard,” Tagovailoa told reporters in response to a video posted to social media that many laughed at.
In fact, it was this one … and understandably so!
Objectively, that was not a rocket! Nor was it a tight spiral! And by the time the ball reached Tyreek Hill, he was standing still in the frame, further proving that the ball was under-thrown because he was waiting to catch it!
But those darn jerks behind their computers … they’re not at practice seeing those weak throws! They also didn’t see them on television the last two years, either, we guess. You just had to be there to see how strong they actually were.
Call it a symptom of the Dolphins’ offense, but Tagovailoa’s 6.6 yards per passing attempt for his career is … bad. In fact, his 6.8 Y/A in 221 ranked 23rd in the NFL. Though it was tied with Josh Allen, the Bills star also threw for nearly 1,800 more yards and attempted 258 passes, so his 63.3% completion rate was the reason for his lower Y/A.
Tagovailoa still has plenty to prove in the league, so he should focus on doing that instead of weakly calling out a bunch of haters laughing at a social media post from a month ago.