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Tua Tagovailoa sends strong message to his critics

Tua Tagovailoa celebrates a play

Jan 9, 2022; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (1) reacts after running with the football for a first down against the New England Patriots during the fourth quarter at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports

Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa looked sharp last week in a 30-0 win over the New York Jets. The blowout came despite star wide receiver Tyreek Hill missing the game due to injury.

Tagovailoa remains very aware that he still has plenty of critics that are not convinced by his play. On Wednesday, he took the time to send them a firm message: he takes note of the criticism, and his response is to keep winning games.

“I keep receipts. All the narratives about it. I am only good with Tyreek in. I’m only good when Jaylen (Waddle) is in….I’m only as good as Raheem Mostert allows me to be,” Tagovailoa said. “I am the worst football player if that’s what you want. Whatever it is, whatever do you need on your show. I’m just here to do my job, and my job is to win NFL games.”

Safe to say Tagovailoa enjoyed being able to win without Hill on Sunday. While he would no doubt love to get his star receiver back, he also feels he has a point to prove about his own contributions to Miami’s success. For what it’s worth, those teammates, Hill especially, readily credit him for his performances.

The Dolphins are 10-4, but finish with games against Dallas, Baltimore, and Buffalo. If Tagovailoa can run the table, he will really have something to shove in the faces of his critics.

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