When Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert held his midweek press conference with team reporters on Friday, he wasn’t asked a single question about the Los Angeles Dolphins quarterback. Miami, Tua Tagovailoa.
That was a bit of a surprise, considering the two third-year flaggers will always be linked after being drafted back-to-back in 2020. Tagovailoa was asked several questions about Herbert when he spoke Wednesday.
And it’s not just that plotline in the script that goes one way. This is a national narrative that plays out for the NBC broadcast and on social media promotions.
Maybe it’s not as much of a consistent comparison in LA as it is in Miami. For one thing, it was the Dolphins who had a choice in the matter, selecting fifth in the 2020 draft with the Chargers to follow at No. 6. The Chargers also haven’t considered replacing their young quarterback. twice since, as the Dolphins successfully chased down Deshaun Watson and Tom Brady, while Herbert passed for over 9,300 yards and 69 touchdowns in his first two seasons. He won Rookie of the Year in 2020 and earned a Pro Bowl selection last season.
But there’s been a shift in the narrative in 2022. Tagovailoa, now with the right system and an offensive assist around him, leads the league in passer rating (112.0) and yards per attempt (9.0) while throwing 21 touchdowns to five interceptions in 10 games. Entry Sunday evening.
Now, there are other factors contributing to the apparent lack of interest in the Tagovailoa-Herbert comparison in Los Angeles.
The main news update deep in the Chargers’ week, aside from the four starters deemed questionable on the injury report, was the likelihood of wide receivers Keenan Allen and Mike Williams returning to the field together after played just 46 snaps with each other this season. Sunday.
Herbert was asked a series of questions about having this duo together. He was asked about handling blitz pressure, which could factor into the game against the Miami defense. He was asked about the possibility of making the playoffs after a series of injuries that Los Angeles had to overcome.
There were also several instances where the South Florida media never asked about Tagovailoa’s opponent or Dolphins coach Mike McDaniel. And Fridays can often be a light day of media coverage, with all of the week’s storylines usually covered by then, but league quarterbacks typically hold their press conferences on Wednesdays.
The Dolphins had a chance to play in 60-degree Chicago in early November against the Bears and take on the Detroit Lions in a dome, but the team that has dodged the cold so far could get a rude awakening Saturday night. to the Buffalo Bills.
Orchard Park, New York, is expected to see lows of 27 degrees, periods of snow and winds of 22 mph gusting up to 30 mph overnight Dec. 17, according to AccuWeather. There is a 67% chance of precipitation and 1.7 inches of snow is forecast. There is a “RealFeel” projection of 5 degrees.
Buffalo’s average low for Dec. 17 is 25.2 degrees with an average chance of 39.4% snowfall, according to extremeweatherwatch.com.
The Dolphins will go on more trips to Los Angeles in future seasons.
They return to SoFi Stadium next year as the entire AFC East take on AFC West. Miami draws in 2023 against the Kansas City Chargers and Chiefs while playing the Las Vegas Raiders and Denver Broncos at home.
In 2024, the Dolphins and the rest of their division are scheduled to face NFC West, and Miami gets a road game against the Los Angeles Rams.
Kohou on SNF
Undrafted Dolphins rookie cornerback Kader Kohou will make his “Sunday Night Football” debut after sitting out Sunday Night’s previous game in Miami on Oct. 23 against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
“I’m really excited,” Kohou said. “The atmosphere when we were in Miami was fun, not even playing, being on the sidelines.”
Kohou’s self-introduction has already been taped ahead of this Steelers game, so it will air for the first time when the Dolphins defensive starters take the field.
–The four Chargers who entered dodgy Sunday — safety Derwin James, cornerback Bryce Callahan, defensive tackle Sebastian Joseph-Day and right tackle Trey Pipkins III — would all be out, according to ESPN.