Ex Alabama QBs Tagovailoa and Jones: Navigate Similar Struggles

Ex Alabama QBs Tagovailoa and Jones: In the heart of Miami Gardens, Tua Tagovailoa, the Dolphins’ quarterback, can relate to the challenges faced by Mac Jones, currently steering the New England Patriots. Tagovailoa, the fifth overall pick in the 2020 draft after leading Alabama to a national title, weathered early NFL criticism.

Now, in his fourth year, he commands one of the NFL’s top offenses. Jones, another Crimson Tide champion, confronts adversity in his third year as the Patriots’ starter, drawing blame for their 2-5 start. The Patriots aim to build on their recent victory against the Buffalo Bills as they face Tagovailoa and the resurgent Dolphins on Sunday.

Tagovailoa’s advice for dealing with outside criticism mirrors Jones’ approach—tune it out and focus inward. Jones emphasizes responding positively to challenges, sticking to his process, and bringing that resilience onto the field.

In his fourth year, Tagovailoa has propelled the Dolphins to lead the league in total offense, red zone efficiency, and yards per play. Jones, orchestrating a comeback against the Bills in Week 7, hopes to carry the Patriots forward from their last win. However, sitting at the bottom of the AFC East, another loss would further jeopardize their playoff aspirations.

Ex Alabama QBs Tagovailoa and Jones

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A significant question looms for the Dolphins concerning the status of All-Pro receiver Tyreek Hill, dealing with a hip injury. Hill, signaling his intent to play, holds a vital role in the Dolphins’ offense, leading the NFL in receiving yards and touchdowns. In the event Hill can’t play, Jaylen Waddle, the Dolphins’ second-leading receiver, could assume a more prominent role.

The Dolphins aim to recover from their recent loss to the Eagles, led by another former Alabama QB, Jalen Hurts. Looking ahead to a Week 9 matchup against the Chiefs, only the third team with a winning record they’ve faced, the Dolphins seek to regain their form.

The Patriots, evolving since their Week 2 loss to the Dolphins, demonstrate improvement, with a focus on fundamentals and tuning out external distractions. Coach Mike McDaniel sees a team progressing as the season unfolds, exemplified by their recent performance.

Whether facing long or short fields, the Dolphins have consistently found ways to reach the end zone. However, the Patriots had success in Week 2 by forcing Miami into starting drives deep in its own territory. Patriots rookie Bryce Baringer, with 18 punts inside the 20, has been instrumental in pinning opponents deep.

Ex Alabama QBs Tagovailoa and Jones

Patriots receiver Demario Douglas, navigating challenges, debuted impressively against Philadelphia in Week 1 but faced setbacks, including a fumble in the loss to Miami and a concussion in Week 5. Despite these challenges, Douglas rebounded last week with a season-high performance.

Hard Rock Stadium has become a fortress for the Dolphins, boasting a 15-2 home record since November 7, 2021. The fans, contributing to a vibrant atmosphere, make it an unforgettable experience for players. Tagovailoa emphasizes the impact of the fans, their loud support on third downs, and the camaraderie felt during warm-ups—a comfortable atmosphere for the team.

Our Reader’s Queries

Who replaced Jalen hurts at Alabama?

Hurts claimed a national championship while starting for the Crimson Tide in 2016, and guided them to another title game in 2017. However, Hurts faced difficulties in the 2017 game against Georgia and was substituted by Tagovailoa, who orchestrated a comeback to secure the national championship victory.

Who played with Tua in Alabama?

Hurts and Tagovailoa were both part of the Alabama team in 2017-18. Hurts then moved to Oklahoma for the 2019 season. He was replaced by Tagovailoa in the 2018 national championship game.

How many current NFL quarterbacks played at Alabama?

Four Alabama quarterbacks are leading the charge in the NFL this season. Tua Tagovailoa is starting for the Miami Dolphins, Mac Jones is at the helm for the New England Patriots, Jalen Hurts is taking snaps for the Philadelphia Eagles, and Young is leading the charge for the Carolina Panthers. Watch out for these standout players as they showcase their skills on the national stage.