New Dolphins QB Teddy Bridgewater’s Denial of Backup Job Should Concern Tua Tagovailoa

The Miami Dolphins will look a lot different in 2022. New head coach Mike McDaniel wasted no time bringing in many new faces, including a few former San Francisco 49ers players who followed him over.

As far as the quarterback position goes, McDaniel repeatedly stated he is excited to work with Tua Tagovailoa. Then, the Dolphins brought in Teddy Bridgewater as Tua’s backup and watched Jacoby Brissett leave for the Cleveland Browns.

On the other hand, Bridgewater gave some interesting comments recently, insisting that he wasn’t told he would be the backup. That could spell big trouble for Tagovailoa, especially if Bridgewater plays well during training camp.

Teddy Bridgewater denies to acknowledge if he is the Dolphins backup QB

When asked about being the team’s backup, Bridgewater failed to comment.

Now, this could mean nothing, but the way Bridgewater answered (or refused to answer) the question at least makes people wonder what the Dolphins’ intentions are.

There could be another reason why Bridgewater sidestepped this question.

Bridgewater isn’t a backup. Perhaps he was told he is the backup to Tagovailoa, but he doesn’t want to accept it yet. That could be why he answered the question the way he did.

Some interesting words were uttered from Bridgewater nonetheless. Is he going to be the backup to Tagovailoa? Or will there be an open competition for the No. 1 QB job in training camp?

The Dolphins must have some plan in place.

But this isn’t the first time a Dolphins backup QB mentioned these words.

Tua Tagovailoa has to be a little worried about Teddy Bridgewater’s recent comments

Dolphins QBs Teddy bridgewater and Tua Tagovailoa.
Teddy Bridgewater and Tua Tagovailoa | Dustin Bradford/ Michael Reaves/ Icon Sportswire via Getty Images/ Getty Images

Bridgewater denied commenting on his status with the Dolphins. But Brissett said the same thing a year ago.

Nonetheless, this has to be a concern for Tagovailoa. The Dolphins didn’t just bring in a backup QB. They brought in a former starter and a pretty good one at that.

After the Denver Broncos traded for Bridgewater a year ago, he played in 14 games and posted decent numbers. Bridgewater threw for 3,052 yards with 18 touchdowns and seven interceptions.

Tagovailoa played in one less game than Bridgewater and threw for 2,653 yards with 16 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.

The two were pretty close in 2021, so perhaps there is going to be an open QB competition. After all, the Dolphins were players in the Deshaun Watson sweepstakes for some time, so there has been some doubt on whether or not Tagovailoa is the future.

Bridgewater’s contract is also interesting.

That is a good amount of money for a backup QB. If the Dolphins truly wanted a backup to Tagovailoa, why not snag somebody like Colt McCoy, Nate Sudfield, or bring back Brissett?

There are a lot of moving parts in this Bridgewater-Tagovailoa situation, and Bridgewater’s recent comments certainly must mean something.

Once again, the Dolphins QB situation will be one to monitor.

Jacoby Brissett had a similar statement previously with Miami

In 2021, Brissett mentioned a similar comment on his situation with the Dolphins. So there’s that.

However, there is a new coaching staff in Miami, and, who knows, maybe McDaniel has a plan to start a QB competition in training camp.

Bridgewater also mentioned the “quarterback friendly” system, which McDaniel will probably implement.

With the 49ers, Jimmy Garoppolo was the starter and Trey Lance was the backup. But, Lance started to come in for different formations and packages to switch things up. Then at the end of the season, Lance was nowhere to be found, although that could be because of 49ers HC Kyle Shanahan.

Maybe a similar two-QB system will be implemented in Miami, although both Bridgewater and Tagovailoa play a similar style.

All in all, Bridgewater’s statements should be a concern for Tagovailoa.

Stats Courtesy of Pro Football Reference

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