5 NFL players already under immense pressure for 2024 season

The 2023 NFL Season isn't even over yet, but it's clear that handful of players are already under pressure for next year.

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2. Tua Tagovailoa, Miami Dolphins

In a bit of a similar situation, Tua Tagovailoa has left people with more questions than answers. Regular season success during the Tagovailoa era has not yielded any playoff success. The Dolphins have won 51 of his starts in the NFL. For what it's worth, though, he did stay healthy all year and did not miss a start after having injury questions over the first few years of his career.

Tua Tagovailoa is set to play on his fifth-year option if the Dolphins do not offer him an extension. Tua, like Dak, are in a similar boat; both are quality passers who can clearly lead their team to regular season success, but playoff success simply does not exist. What do NFL teams do with these type of QBs?

I mean on one side, they provide stability and keep their respective teams relevant, but on the other side, the team clearly hits a ceiling when the postseason arrives. I think especially for the Dolphins, guys like Josh Allen, Joe Burrow, Lamar Jackson, and Patrick Mahomes are not going anywhere, and Tua Tagovailoa is nowhere near the QB that those four players are.

Would the Dolphins commit long-term to a QB who might be the 12th-best passer in the NFL? I don't know, man, I certainly do not want to be in their shoes. The Dolphins have had a winning record each season that he has started, and they won 11 games this year, but I don't think we can conclusively say that the Dolphins are 100% sold on the former Alabama product.