Based on what? I don’t want to single you out, but unless there is a trail of messages or texts or anything that proves that Mike McDaniel knew that Tua had a concussion on before last night’s game, how is he culpable as the fall guy for a failure in the league’s protocol?
So continuing an earlier thought, the questionable thing that McDaniel did was accept and promote the absolute bullshit story that Tua had back spasms--a story McDaniel didn't even necessarily believe!
"Tua, he went out with a lower back (injury)," Dolphins coach Mike McDaniel said at the time. "... He kind of got bent back pretty significantly on a quarterback sneak earlier, and so I was kind of with everyone else. When he hit his head on the ground, I assumed it was a head injury.
But his legs got wobbly because his lower back was completely loose, and as he described it — he said his lower back was like Gumby or something."
I'm somewhat sympathetic to McDaniel--the team doctor and neurologist apparently accepted the lower back story (why is another question; and I wonder if they saw a video of the wobble before the team doctor decided any symptoms were not concussion related), so with that information it would generally reasonable for him to accept the doctor's statement.
But this is an unusual case where I don't think it makes a ton of sense to just accept the doctor's analysis. The Sunday injury had so many suggestions of a concussion, and lower back explanation for the wobble is so thin, that it really is hard to accept the doctors' evaluation here that he had no concussions and his inability to control gross motor functions 10 seconds after hitting his head was definitely not caused by a head injury and that Tua shouldn't at least be in some kind of concussion protocol because he might very well have suffered a concussion. Certainly I, like millions of other football fans, was saying Jesus, seems like he got a concussion Sunday, I can't believe he's not at least in the concussion protocol and methodically getting checked out, and this guy is playing again too soon. Not sure why McDaniel should be exempt from using common sense just because the doctor said essentially I accept Tua's story that it's not a concussion.
Also because Sunday's injury was deemed no concussion, Tua woulnd't have been in the concussion protocol. Not clear whether he had any follow up testing of any kind (I assume he did not or we would have heard of it by now but don't know that for a fact).