It looks like each August there is a shock that shoots the NFL – already America’s favourite league – to the highest of sports activities headlines.
Final yr, it was Tony Romo injuring his again in a preseason recreation. A couple of weeks later, the Minnesota Vikings suffered an identical destiny when their beginning quarterback, Teddy Bridgewater, went down in a follow simply thirteen days earlier than their season opener.
The Dolphins’ state of affairs is a mixture of what occurred in each Minnesota and Dallas. Just like the Vikings, their beginning quarterback is presumably out for all the season, which meant they could not merely wait and watch how issues performed out. However, like Dallas, they’ve a robust operating recreation and receiving corps.
Convincing Jay Cutler to return out of retirement was a no brainer for head coach Adam Gase. Cutler, who performed for Gase with Chicago, had top-of-the-line years of his profession underneath his course in 2015.
Cutler can also be solely 35, which suggests his retirement was extra about lack of curiosity across the league than his lack of ability to play the place. Groups on the lookout for a beginning quarterback to be the face of the franchise not often “begin over” with a 35-yr-previous, particularly one who performed poorly the yr earlier than.
Cutler was a special quarterback in 2015. Not solely was his on-area efficiency an enchancment over his earlier six seasons in Chicago, however his press convention angle was extra upbeat and constructive. It was apparent Cutler loved enjoying for Gase. There was mutual respect between participant and coach, which hadn’t all the time been the case up to now.
Gase and common supervisor Mike Tannenbaum are the fortunate ones on this state of affairs. They’ve discovered a official NFL starter (although Cutler haters might dispute that declare) with out having to surrender any draft picks. Greater than that, they discovered a quarterback who already is aware of Gase’s system.
Lastly, the damage occurred originally of coaching camp, which suggests Cutler could have 5 weeks to get acclimated to Miami’s gamers, and the South Florida warmth.
That stated, what occurs past this season is anybody’s guess. Like Minnesota, who might have Sam Bradford, Bridgewater, or another person beginning in 2018, the Dolphins might go in a number of instructions.
Cutler might very simply play properly. He has a superb offense round him, with three official extensive receiver threats and a decent finish who is usually a matchup nightmare for defenses. Most significantly, he has an actual operating recreation, as Jay Ajayi‘s efficiency down the stretch was one of many many causes Tannehill had considered one of his greatest NFL seasons final yr.
If Cutler performs nicely, would he and Miami be excited about an extended-time period deal, thus releasing Tannehill? Sure, Cutler is 35, however quarterbacks are enjoying longer and longer lately. Tom Brady simply turned forty, and Cutler is a a lot better athlete than Brady.
If he performs poorly, do they shortly change to backup Matt Moore, who’s one of many 5 greatest backups within the league? Final season, Moore performed nicely in Tannehill’s absence, ending the season with a quarterback score over one hundred. Like Cutler, he is aware of Gase’s offense properly, and has excelled in it up to now.
Tannehill is beneath contract with the Dolphins via 2020, however there is no extra money assured to him. Miami may have selections to make after this season, and his future with the staff will probably be on the forefront of their conversations.
Tannehill’s future in Miami is unknown, however what is understood is that the Dolphins are to date the unfortunate staff this season. Fortuitously, they discovered a good alternative who is aware of the system, with out having to surrender draft-decide compensation. If Cutler performs nicely, they could have discovered a brand new quarterback for the approaching seasons, too.
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