In what has been a roller-coaster season with the Miami Dolphins, quarterback Tua Tagovailoa does at the least see some silver linings in his second campaign with the team.
The Dolphins were eliminated from playoff contention following their blowout loss to the Tennessee Titans in Week 17. A seven-game winning streak propelled the Dolphins back into the AFC playoff picture, but the defeat last week meant that they will miss out on playing playoff football for the fifth straight season.
Overall, Tagovailoa believes that his second campaign in Miami has been one marred by missed opportunities, which he touched on during a press conference on Wednesday.
“It didn’t go the way that I wanted it to go,” Tagovailoa said. “It didn’t go the way that our team wanted it to go. It’s tough when you have an opportunity and you don’t capitalize on that opportunity. It’s tough.”
At the least, the former Alabama Crimson Tide star does see that this season has been a “fun” one filled with learning lessons along the way.
“I would say it has been a fun season,” Tagovailoa said. “Just being able to go through the ups and downs with the guys that we have on our team, just us continuing to believe in each other while things weren’t going right and then when things were going right. That’s why we’re in this industry and why we do what we do because of the feeling of when you do win and you do accomplish what you want to accomplish, it’s a good feeling for all of us.”
Tagovailoa will feature for the Dolphins in their upcoming Week 18 home matchup against the New England Patriots. From there, speculation surrounding his future with the team may once again emerge, especially as his name was often seen in the rumor mill ahead of this season’s NFL trade deadline.