Chris Perkins: Can the Dolphins back up QBs Teddy Bridgewater and Skylar Thompson for a playoff berth if necessary?

The Miami Dolphins last made the playoffs in the 2016 season, with backup quarterback Matt Moore doing the job when starter Ryan Tannehill was out for the season with an injury late that year.

Something similar could happen for the Dolphins in 2022.

Starting quarterback Tua Tagovailoa suffers second concussion this season After suffering his third head trauma incident of the season (Buffalo, Cincinnati, Green Bay). The Tagovailoa situation could mean backup quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, a native of Miami’s Northwest High School, has to do the job of leading the Dolphins to the playoffs.

Or, if the season continues the way it did earlier this year, maybe three-team quarterback Skyla Thompson has to get the job done.

Both could lead the Dolphins to a win or two, though that hasn’t happened this season.

So, yes, it’s questionable what would happen to the Dolphins’ playoff hopes if Tagovailoa were eliminated.

On the other hand, given that the Dolphins (8-7) are on a four-game losing streak with Tagovailoa starting, there’s room to question the results of the final two regular-season games anyway.

But here’s the deal: Making the playoffs shouldn’t just fall on the shoulders of Bridgewater or Thompson, it should fall on the shoulders of the Dolphins.

When you start the backup quarterback in this situation, you’re really looking for him to give you a chance to win in the fourth quarter, and you’re also looking for the rest of the team, the ones that are better known — —Coach Mike McDaniel, defensive coordinator Josh Boyer, wide receivers Tyreke Hill and Jalen Waddle, left tackle Tron Armstead, cornerback Harvey Howard, linebacker Brad Lichub and Jaylen Phillips, defensive tackle Christian Wilkins, etc. – get the job done and provide a playoff berth.

Bridgewater, a seven-year starter veteran, and Thompson, a seventh-round pick out of Kansas State, both showed promise in their appearances earlier this season. And there’s reason to believe they can get the Dolphins to a win or two in their last two games (both outcomes could make the playoffs), after New England (7-8) and New York Jets (7-8) ).

Dolphins quarterbacks Teddy Bridgewater and Skylar Thompson warm up before their game against the Vikings at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens on Oct. 16.

Tagaviloa missed two and a half games (Cincinnati, New York Jets and Minnesota) with a head injury, and the Dolphins had a chance to win Cincinnati and Minnesota in the fourth quarter.

You’ll remember that Bridgewater’s first start, against the Jets, lasted just one game. On the Dolphins’ first play, New York cornerback Sauce Gardner sprinted, unblocked, hit Bridgewater in the middle and put him on the turf for safety.

Then there are the actual shots.

An NFL-employed concussion spotter sitting upstairs in a booth said they saw Bridgewater stumble while standing up and he was ruled out for the remainder of the game, meaning Thompson, He didn’t have the benefit of practicing as a starter for a week during that time and had to make his NFL debut and finish the game.

The Dolphins already played without their Pro Bowl cornerback Howard due to a groin injury suffered last week in Cincinnati, and they lost Pro Bowl left tackle Armstead in the first quarter. They also lost defensive end Trey Flowers in the first quarter and cornerbacks Nick Needham and Kane Crosson in the second quarter.

Thompson went 19-of-33 for 166 yards, no touchdowns, one interception and a 58.4 passer rating. The Dolphins lost to the Jets 40-17.

The following week, after a full week of practice, Thompson started against Minnesota, but was sidelined in the second quarter with a thumb injury. Enter Bridgewater, who is in concussion protocol this week.

The Dolphins quarterback played without Armstead, who remains out with a toe injury, absorbing six sacks and 13 hits.

Still, the Dolphins had a chance to win in the fourth quarter.

Trailing 16-10, Bridgewater was leading them upfield and Waddle fumbled at the Vikings’ 26-yard line after a 14-yard catch. The Vikings, one of the best teams in the NFL this season, continued to score and won 24-16.

Thompson went 7-for-13 for 89 yards, no touchdowns, no interceptions, and a passer grade of 75.5. Bridgewater went 23-of-34 for 329 yards, two touchdowns, two interceptions and a 93.9 passer rating.

Oh, and that Cincinnati game where Tagovailoa was stretchered off shortly before halftime?

The Dolphins also had a chance to win that game in the fourth quarter. The Dolphins led 15-14 and entered the final quarter. Howard was then sidelined with a groin injury. The Tigers capitalized on their passing game, taking advantage of Howard’s absence, scoring 13 points in the fourth quarter to win 27-15.

Bridgewater went 14-of-23 for 193 yards, 1 touchdown, 1 interception and a passing grade of 84.1.

Granted, neither Bridgewater nor Thompson has performed statistically well when they’ve backed up Tagovailoa, but the Dolphins have had a chance to win in the fourth quarter in two of the three games they’ve started this season.

Again, that’s all you ask of a backup quarterback to give you a chance to win in the fourth quarter. The rest of the team must also do their part.