Professional athletes like to claim that they ignore the noise. And yet somehow they remain aware of it.
Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa has claimed in the past that he doesn’t listen to outsiders’ opinions. The simple truth is that he does.
Tua proved it on Wednesday when he was asked by reporters where he has grown the most and where he plans to grow in the second half of the season.
“Well I think I’ve grown a lot with the deep balls don’t I? Don’t we think so?” said Tua. “That was probably a subtle push, but it was a push. So I would say the deep ball, and then I can always get better at the deep ball.”
He definitely can. On several occasions, Tua has subdued the deep ball to receiver Tyreek Hill, whose presence has made the deep ball a much more viable part of Tua’s repertoire.
Tua played incredibly well, there’s no denying that. However, the dolphins still have work to do to get where they want to go.
“I think throughout the OTAs and throughout training camp we could see the potential that we had as a team offensively and defensively and we’re not afraid to talk about Super Bowls here,” Tua said. “We’re not afraid to talk about going to a playoff game, having the opportunity to go to one and then hopefully win one.”
While winning the division may be difficult, the Dolphins remain in the mix for a playoff berth. And they have an offense good enough to beat anyone.