I think you're confusing Mike McDaniel (coach of Mia) with Josh McDaniels (coach of Vegas, former OC in NE)! Tua's future remains a mystery. I'm sure he'll fully heal in the off-season, but if you were the Miami coach would you put all your eggs in the basket of him being healthy? At the very least they need a more solid back-up than Skylar Thompson (or Bridgewater).Tua's future is ? jimmy G would be the obvious replacement after playing with McDaniels for so long if Tua calls it a day.
As to Vegas, who knows? They are going to have to get another QB, even if they think Stidham is the starter. At the very least they'd draft one in the first few rounds to compete with Stidham. The problem they have is they need position players across the entire defense. They badly need DT help, they need safety help, ILB help, CB help, OLB help. And they are thin there. Their OL played okay, but there's no depth. When they tired, or someone was out, they struggled. Drafting a high QB, or paying a heap of cash to someone like Brady or Garappolo isn't going to help their defense one bit.
I think you are right. There are a lot worse QBs than him. But he seems like he's hit his ceiling. Good, never great. He's like a poor man's version of Alex Smith. Good. Safe. Solid. Alex never won a SB, but at least won a few playoff games. Cousins can't quite reach that level. I can easily see them looking for a QB in the first 3-4 rounds and see if that guy pans out sitting on the bench in 2023, and getting a handful of snaps even drives in games out of reach.Cousins contract is up in 12 months. i doubt that the Vikings let him go even withe the lack of playoff wins. But its probably in their long term interest to try for rookie lower down the draft as well.
Jim Harbaugh says he's staying in Michigan. That removes him from the Denver sweepstakes.
I didn't mention this before, but Dak had a heck of a game tonight. Smart, superb play. Lead the team, took few risks, made repeatedly solid passes and let the whole offense do its thing. They won't be able to move the ball like the did against SF, but they won't get blown out by the 49ers either.
Gage apparently suffered a concussion, and neck sprain. Being evaluated at the local hospital. But it appears nothing terribly serious. At least not as bad as it looked. Smart of the officials and medical crew on the field to take zero chances though and be safe with him.