Want to know how the Miami Dolphins’ Tua Tagovailoa/Ryan Fitzpatrick not calling the quarterback controversy will work? The same goes for the NFL review. We don’t have a crystal ball or the ability to stare into the head of coach Brian Flores, but we know that football history has a habit of repeating it. So grab some eggnog, curl by the fireplace, and enjoy this strange story about WoodStrock and the early QB of Dolphins in the early 1980s.
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Once upon a time, there was a young quarterback named David Woodley. Woodley was an eighth-round pick for LSU. He replaced the declining future Hall of Fame player Bob Griese in 1980. Woodley is talented, but unstable, and the head coach Don Shula has developed a habit of tending to underperform veteran backup Don Strock when things develop.
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When the Dolphins led 11-4-1, Stroke led a second comeback in the fourth quarter to ease Woodley. In the first quarter of the playoffs against the San Diego Chargers, Shura yanked Woodley after an interception, two sacks and a turnover. Stroke had four touchdowns in the back and forth game, and the Chargers eventually won 41-38, one of the greatest games in NFL history.
Woodley was still the starter in 1982, and Stoke was his savings expert. Due to a long mid-season strike, there were only nine games in the 1982 season. Strock fired Woodley in his three games, leading the comeback in two of those late games.
The model continues until the playoffs
The playoffs that season was a 16-team game. Woodley performed well at the start of the game, but when he defeated the New York Jets in the 14-0 AFC Championship, he had three interceptions.
Shura didn’t have La Woodley in that game. However, he did insert Stroke in Washington’s 17-17 Super Bowl victory. Before being freed, Woodley only completed 4 of 14 passes for 97 yards, a touchdown and an interception.
Dan Marino takes the stage
In the 1983 NFL Draft, the Dolphins selected Dan Marino with the 27th overall pick. How Marino lasted so long is a story in itself. Surprisingly, Marino participated in 46 quality checks before the first round. Woodley started the season, but Marino quickly surpassed him, and the rest is history (historical books will clearly know his existence).
Sadly, Woodley fell into alcoholism after losing his NFL career and died in 2003. Strock has supported Marino for many years. The Dolphins returned to the Super Bowl in 1984, but lost to the San Francisco 49ers. They were contenders in the playoffs throughout the 1980s and early 1990s, but couldn’t overcome the well-known hump.
The past can teach us about the QB status quo that dolphins started between Tua Tagovailoa and Ryan Fitzpatrick
The quarterback’s forward volleyball is really rare, which is why people still remember WoodStrock 30 years later. This arrangement lasted from the decline of Griese in 1980 to the rise of Marino in 1983, a fact that shocked modern people.
Modern environment for starting and backing up QB
In the era of free agency and rookie contracts, this kind of thing will not happen. Both quarterbacks will need more money or have the opportunity to go elsewhere. FitzTua is almost certainly disbanded in this offseason for various reasons.
Secondly, Stroke did not perform well in relief performance. In the 1981 game, he threw four interceptions, and in a relief game in 1982, he threw four more times. The Dolphins lost to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. But the Chargers’ efforts in the playoffs gave him the reputation of Nick Foles, which could not help Woodley with confidence.
Circling back to FitzTua
Ryan Fitzpatrick led a wild comeback in Saturday’s 26-25 victory over the Las Vegas Raiders, but let’s be real. Myles Gaskin’s fourth quarter touchdown and serve is a combination of excellent running after a regular throw and terrible defense. Like the mask given to Mack Hollins by Ryan Fitzpatrick, the raiders opened the receiver when his mask was spun into a shuttle surface.
The “Fitzmagic” storyline casts a long shadow, which may obscure the following facts: -A) He has never been a reliable starter; B) The main goal of the Dolphins this season is to develop Ta’atavailoa (Tua Tagovailoa) instead of losing to the Kansas City Chiefs in the playoffs.
WoodStrock did not elaborate on the current situation of Dolphins starting QB
But let us not be too similar. Tua Tagovailoa’s prospects are much better than Woodley’s. Some of the benches in the game cannot permanently obliterate his confidence. Shura’s Dolphin team proved in 1982 that a team can achieve two QB row successes in an unusual season (and 2020 is very unusual).
But if Tua starts to fall back because he looks at his shoulder after every game error, Dan Marino will not walk through the gate to let everyone get out. Flores attributed it to himself, the dolphin and Douah, so that he always looked at the big picture. By 2020, he has been out of sight twice.
What’s next for the Miami Dolphins
Tua Tagovailoa will become a dolphin in the QB tournament in Week 17, competing with Buffalo Bills in the midweek of the “Squish the Fish” in Orchard Park for the playoffs. Who won in that game is still to be determined.