To steal a line from Nora Ephron, everything is copy. Even in the NFL.
That’s the phrase that comes to mind while looking at what’s hanging over Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, who by all accounts has done nothing but come into the league, work hard and position himself for a second season that promises improvement. He didn’t ask to be pulled into Miami’s awkward continuing interest in Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson, which now has the fan base picking through (and arguing) the word salad offered by head coach Brian Flores in his last media conference. Flores offered praise for Tagovailoa but also didn’t put the dagger into the Watson pursuit.
It’s not the first instance a talented quarterback has been in an organization where he was going to have to keep earning his opportunities one game at a time, maybe all season long. That’s the copy: a familiar, sometimes nondescript feeling that someone important in an organization has a wandering eye for another quarterback, despite being tied to the one who is already leading the first-team offense.