Sean Payton knows a thing or two about quarterbacks, having worked for years alongside Drew Brees with the New Orleans Saints.
So when the Fox Sports NFL analyst tackled the topic of quarterback play around the NFL this week on Fox Sports’ “The Herd with Colin Cowherd,” Payton turned his crystal ball to the Miami Dolphins and made a bold prediction.
“I think at some point we’ll see two (quarterbacks) in Miami,” Payton said. “They played well (Sunday) with Tua, but Teddy Bridgewater, I’ve had before, he’s an outstanding player.
“I think that’s one of the unique things this year. I counted eight teams where I believe we’re going to see multiple quarterbacks play, not relative to injury, but to a controversy if you will.”
Sean Payton sure seems to see the QB situation in Miami much the same way that I do pic.twitter.com/YjxDbwRnxc
— Ryan Booher (@RyanBooher6) September 14, 2022
As Payton noted, Tagovailoa played well Sunday in a 20-7 win over the New England Patriots, completing 70 percent of his passes for 270 yards and a touchdown with no interceptions. But the third-year signal caller can’t seem to do enough to satisfy some critics.
Bridgewater served as the backup QB for Payton in New Orleans in 2018-19, so Payton obviously has seen enough behind the scenes to justify his confidence in the veteran. Perhaps Payton, who is widely expected to return to the NFL head coaching ranks sooner rather than later, could work a trade for Bridgewater in the future.
For now, though, the Dolphins are 1-0, Tagovailoa is playing well, so he’s more than earned his starting role.