After agreeing to a one-year $10 million contract to postpone going to the broadcast booth and back to the gridiron, could new Miami Dolphins quarterback Jay Cutler possibly be the answer?
Much maligned, criticized and hated for his on-the field mistakes and off-the-field, Cutler enters into a QB situation which can best described as in flux thanks to the possible season-ending knee injury to starter Ryan Tannehill and backup Matt Moore.
After suffering a shoulder injury that caused him to miss the final six weeks of the 2016 season, after just coming back from a thumb ailment, in which he only played in five total games and going 1-4 with 1,059 passing yards, four touchdowns and five interceptions, Cutler may have landed in the perfect place down in South Beach thanks to current head coach, Adam Gase. With Gase as his offensive coordinator in 2015, Cutler threw for 3,659 passing yards, 21 touchdowns and 11 interceptions during his one-year stint in Chicago.
Now, down in Miami, perhaps that ol’s Windy City magic of 2015 will travel down to The Magic City.
To confess, I’m a long-suffering Cleveland browns fan with no proverbial dog in this fight of whether or not of Cutler going to Miami is a good thing, but as a football savant, I honestly think that this is a perfect match and that Cutler could be the answer for the Dolphins.
With all due to respect to Tannehill, but he is perhaps the most overrated mediocre quarterback not named Andy Dalton, thanks to his inconsistency and inability to get the job done when it counts the most.
Good, great, elite, average, mediocre, franchise great? the most frustrating thing about Tannehill is that you can’t place a label on him, because one game he will throw four touchdowns and over 400 yards, the next one he will toss three interceptions and pass for 150-ish.
He’s no Dan Marino or Jay Fiedler, but he also ain’t no Cleo Lemon either.
While Cutler is no better, in terms of consistency, one advantage that he DOES hold over Tannehill—pending a possible regular-season return, if his knee injury is not as serious—is his familiarity with Gase’s version of the WCO (West Coast Offensive System).
Talentwise, Miami is light-years ahead of the Bears, thanks to having playmakers such as Kenny Stills, Jarvis Landry, DeVante Parker at WR, TE Julius Thomas in Denver—also familiar with Gase from his days in Denver as Broncos OC—and Jay Ajayi at RB.
On defense, Cutler will actually benefit from a loaded defense that is able to get stops and the offense back the ball such as LB’s Lawrence Timmons and Kiko Alonso, DT Ndamukong Suh, DE Cameron Wake and DB’s such as Byron Maxwell.
Honestly, when was the last time that Cutler had both a talented offense and a potential stout defense during his time in Chicago? Could Cutler possible be the answer down in South Beach? If one were to guess, he could be, but all of us will soon find out the answer, soon enough.