After an up-and-down rookie season, there has been some debate surrounding what to expect from Tua Tagovailoa in Year 2 with the Miami Dolphins. The most prominent Dolphin is high on Tagovailoa heading into the 2021 season.

“He’s been great. He’s been awesome,” Dan Marino said of Tagovailoa to ESPN. “He has all the talent in the world. Now it’s just about him developing the relationship with the other players. It’s been tough because he didn’t have OTAs last year, a lot of the summer camp or the chance to play in exhibition games. All those things delay you somewhat. I’ll tell you, he works his butt off. I’m really excited about him, his future and our future as a team.”

While not a member of the Miami coaching staff, Marino is still around Dolphins practices as a special adviser to the team. Marino appreciates the approach he has seen from the former Alabama standout.

“He wants to be really good. And in time, he’s going to get there because that’s what type of kid he is.”

Marino hopes that Tagovailoa is able to accomplish something he did not and win a Super Bowl with the Dolphins.

“I hope he does,” Marino said to ESPN. “It would be awesome for everybody, wouldn’t it? The most important thing is to be yourself, be who you are and work your butt off. It’ll work out.”

Marino’s praise should certainly be a boost to Tagovailoa’s confidence as the quarterback gears up for Year 2.