As one middle of the line Quarterback goes down, another takes his place.
Ryan Tannehill is no longer the Miami Dolphins’ starting QB after an injury on his knee that requires season-ending surgery.
Jay Cutler, the veteran journeyman and league-wide mockery will be taking Tannehill’s place for the ‘Phins this year, signing a one year deal to the tune of 10 million dollars. This includes a $5 million base and another $5 million in bonuses along with $3 million in incentives. Not too shabby for a guy who was ran out of town in Chicago.
I joke, but this move actually seems like a great idea on paper.
Cutler is coming off a poor year, but he didn’t play too much either. His ability as QB has always been above average, even in Chicago. Sadly, he was typically the first thing people pointed fingers at when Chicago teams underperformed. With that in mind, it’s fair to say that Cutler isn’t the guy that’s going to make a team great. Still, he can certainly perform well in the proper circumstances.
I believe this season may be the proper circumstances for Jay Cutler.
Now, before you laugh, it should be noted that Cutler will be reuniting with Dolphins Head Coach Adam Gase. It will be Gase’s second year as Head Coach of the Dolphins. Last year the Dolphins went 10-6 under Gase, including a 6-game winning streak and a trip to the playoffs for the first time since 2008.
Under the wing of Gase last season, Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill posted his career best QBR (Quarter-back rating) of 93.5% while throwing for 2,995 yards and 19 TDs with 12 interceptions. This isn’t a beautiful stat-line, and it should be noted that Tannehill missed three games, but the bigger point here is the QBR. With Gase as his coach, Tannehill was making smarter and more efficient plays.
Let’s jump back to the 2013 season for a moment. Anybody remember this year? When Peyton Manning, playing for the Denver Broncos, threw for a record setting 5477 yards along with 55 TDs and the second highest QBR of his career with 82.2%? That team made it to the Super Bowl with one of the greatest offenses of all time. Guess who was the offensive coordinator for the Denver Broncos that year? Adam Gase.
To tie both ends together, take a look at the Chicago Bears two years later in 2015. Adam Gase just signed on as offensive coordinator for the Bears, and Jay Cutler is at Quarterback. Cutler has arguably his greatest season, posting a career high QBR with 92.3%, 3,659 yards along with 21 TDs.
What the hell is my point? Adam Gase is a QB whisperer and Jay Cutler is reuniting with the guy once again.
And Cutler isn’t landing on one of his old Chicago teams; these Miami Dolphins have talent all around the board.
Most importantly for Cutler, Miami has been able to retain their offensive weapons this year, as the receiving core of Kenny Stills, Devante Parker, and Jarvis Landry are still together paired with the dangerous Jay Ajayi in the backfield. At tight end, Miami received two upgrades with Julius Thomas and Anthony Fasano. The idea here, I’m sure, would be to split duties amongst the two (receiving duties for Thomas and blocking duties for Fasano). The offensive line, while not great, has a solid young tackle in Laremy Tunsil and a good veteran presence with Mike Pouncey and Jermon Bushrod.
In short, Cutler signing to Miami is most likely an upgrade on Tannehill.