Tua Tracker: What NFL experts said about Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa vs. Chargers
Tua Tagovailoa got his first "A" grade in his young NFL career after leading last week's comeback win for the Miami Dolphins against Kyler Murray and the Arizona Cardinals.
This week, the Dolphins quarterback faced off against a fellow member of the 2020 NFL Draft class: Justin Herbert, whom the Los Angeles Chargers took right after Tua.
Tagovailoa went 15 of 25 in the Dolphins' 29-21 win Sunday at Hard Rock Stadium vs. the Chargers. He threw for 169 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions.
His counterpart Herbert was 20 of 32 for 187 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. He also ran in a touchdown at the goal line.
How did Tua fare this week? Well, his agent, Leigh Steinberg, certainly approved.
And his alma mater, Alabama, was impressed, too.
But what about NFL analysts? Football experts and personalities chimed in with their takes on social media.
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Impressive plays by Tua set Twitter on fire
Tua had a few jaw-dropping plays against the Chargers, including this rollout to Mike Gesicki in the first quarter.
Tagovailoa's array of quick-thinking plays and athletic displays got a lot of people buzzing.
Tua's third win in as many games as starter got some experts drawing lofty comparisons to Aaron Rodgers and Patrick Mahomes, both Super Bowl champions and MVPs.
Tua chasing down a fumble brought awe and criticism
One of the unexpected highlights of Sunday's game was Tagovailoa chasing down a Chargers player returning a fumbled snap all the way across the field.
Most analysts blamed the fumble on center Ted Karras, though Tua was credited with the fumble in the stat sheet.
Some experts — and fans, too — weren't crazy about the Dolphins' franchise quarterback throwing himself into the tackle.
Tua just barely avoided an interception
The official record is positive, but Tagovailoa was not perfect Sunday. On one throw in the second half, Tua somehow saw a pass go through the hands of a defender and into the hands of tight end Adam Shaheen.
Analysts agreed Tua and the Dolphins got lucky on that one.
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The Chan Gailey appreciation campaign
Props continued to roll in for offensive coordinator Chan Gailey, whom GM Chris Grier, head coach Brian Flores and the Dolphins brass pulled out of retirement to mold Tua in his rookie season. The move caught criticism at the time, but people are coming around.
Praise for Tua and apologies to Brian Flores
With the team 3-0 in his starts and in contention for the AFC East, Tua is getting high marks.
And more NFL experts apologized for questioning the decision to bench Ryan Fitzpatrick and initiate Tua Time.