With no preseason games and just five snaps during a regular-season blowout over the New York Jets in Week 6 to evaluate, Los Angeles Rams defensive coordinator Brandon Staley will have to go back to game tape from Alabama to help draw up a defensive game plan to contain Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa.
“I just know that he’s had as much of an impact on that place as anybody probably has since Coach (Nick) Saban has taken that job,” Staley said. “So, I know what a good player this guy is.
“I know the type of impact he had offensively at that place, where they really became an offensive team when he was there. His ability to distribute the ball and really be the point guard of that offense, I know that this guy was as good as it gets at the college level.”
Staley’s not wrong: Tagovailoa finished with a 22-2 record at Alabama and helped lead them a national title.
Miami Dolphins head coach Brian Flores announced last week that Tagovailoa would replace starter Ryan Fitzpatrick and get his first NFL start against the Rams on Sunday, allowing the rookie quarterback two weeks to prepare for the likes of game-wrecking defensive tackle Aaron Donald and All-Pro cornerback Jalen Ramsey.