At the start of every new season, there are always several narratives that get people excited. It could be about a single team, a new rookie, or a free agent. Fans and analysts alike can’t stop talking about these stories and desperately want to see them perform on the field. This creates a lot of hype.
However, not all of these end well. We’ve seen sophomore slumps after sensational rookie seasons. Super Bowl teams have also missed the playoffs the following season. Then you get teams that go on impressive runs only to lose in the most improbable circumstances. So today, we’re going to look at how 30 hype trains derailed in the NFL via Bleacher Report. Check out our list below.
30. Tua Tagovailoa
Tagovailoa was once the top-rated quarterback in his class. But then he suffered a brutal hip injury at the end of 2019 and many people doubted that he could bounce back. However, he recovered and the Miami Dolphins went all-in on him in the first round of the 2020 draft. They started Ryan Fitzpatrick for most of the first half of the season before finally introducing the Hawaiian in Week Six.
The results were mixed as Tagovailoa endured highs and lows. He threw three interceptions in a blowout loss to the Bills and Brian Flores replaced him with Fitzpatrick twice. A lot of hype followed the Alabama Crimson Tide star but in his own words, he was disappointing. It’s not that he was terrible, but it didn’t help that the immediate draft pick after him, Justin Herbert, was phenomenal.