Last week I wrote a blog about how Miami Dolphins starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill hurt his left knee, the one with a brace, while scrambling at Dolphins' training camp. It turns out that Tannehill is now out for the season.
It appears that Tannehill and the Fins have decided the best course of action is for Tannehill to have season-ending knee surgery. Tannehill didn't have surgery last season. He showed up with a brace on his left knee this season.
That's a bummer for the Miami Dolphins and their fans. Ryan Tannehill had his best season as a pro under the guidance of first year head coach Adam Gase. Gase has turned mediocre quarterbacks into decent players. More than just Miami fans were interested in seeing how well Tannehill improved from last season to this season.
The football gods can be cruel. But, fear not, Fin fan. The cowboy with the white hat is rushing to Miami Gardens to save the day.
On August 6, the Miami Dolphins announced that they had signed former Bears quarterback Jay Cutler. Cutler automatically becomes the starter at Miami. Who else are the Dolphins going to start? Matt Moore?
Is the Cutler signing bad, good, or a nothing burger? I take a deep dive!
Why Jay Cutler?
Last season Cutler was so bad that the Chicago Bears decided to release him before the end of the season. Cutler ended up with a 78.1 QB rating. He threw for 1,059 yards and 4 TDs. He was absolutely horrible.
But, in 2015, Cutler had one of his best seasons ever. Cutler threw for 3,659 yards, he completed 64.4% of his passes. He threw 10 more TDs, 21 to 11, than interceptions. He also secured the highest QB rating of his career. Cutler ended 2015 with a 92.3 QB rating. In all his previous seasons, Cutler hadn't even reached a 90 QB rating.
What happened from 2015 to 2016? That's an easy question to answer. Adam Gase was Chicago's offensive coordinator in 2015. Gase can be a miracle worker with quarterbacks. Cutler improved in 2015 because Adam Gase was there to hand hold him.
After the 2015 season, Gase bolted to Miami to become the Dolphins' head coach. Now, it makes sense why Adam Gase pursued Jay Cutler after Tannehill's injury. Cutler knows Gase's system. Cutler and Gase have a good relationship.
Supposedly, Cutler wasn't gung-ho about the idea. He wasn't sure if he wanted to play football again. But, after Gase went back to the Dolphins to negotiate a better deal for Cutler, the Dolphins had themselves a new starting QB. How much are the Fins paying Jay Cutler this season? $10 million for 1-year.
Can Miami Be Successful With Jay Cutler at Quarterback?
That's a tough question to answer. Cutler should play much better under center for the Dolphins than he did in his final season as the Chicago Bears starting QB. His familiarity with Gase's offensive system is going to help Cutler get up to speed right away.
But, Gase had to coax Cutler into joining the Miami Dolphins. That's never a good sign. If Cutler's just there to pick up a paycheck, what's the point? The Miami Dolphins might have done better by just going with Matt Moore for the season.
I'm, not ready to say Jay Cutler in Miami works. It sort of feels like the Dolphins were desperate when deciding to get Cutler to Miami Gardens. From my perspective, the Fins could have saved the $10 mil.