Adam Gase: Jay Cutler is “interested”

AP

With each passing news cycle, it’s feeling more and more likely that Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill won’t play this year. Although the Dolphins have been very tight lipped about Tannehill’s status, the Dolphins are now openly speaking about potential replacements who surely wouldn’t be added to the roster if Tannehill were expected back in a matter of weeks.

On Saturday, coach Adam Gase confirmed that the team has spoken to retired quarterback Jay Cutler, who played for Gase when he was the offensive coordinator two years ago in Chicago.

“One time,” Gase said regarding his own communications with Cutler. “All I asked him was if he was interested. That was it.”

So what did he say?

“He was interested,” Gase replied. “I think he’s just trying to figure out everything. You don’t expect this to happen. I don’t think he looked at our situation like, ‘Oh, this was going to happen.’ So it was a surprise and I think he has a lot of things to think through.”

Gase made it clear that the team will be adding a quarterback, but that who it will be will depend on whether Tannehill is or isn’t lost for the year.

Whatever they do, it makes sense to explore all options in order to get the best possible deal. Cutler will surely want at least as much as Mike Glennon got from the Bears ($16 million per year), maybe more. Perhaps Cutler will accept less if he thinks the Dolphins will sign someone else.

It also could be cheaper to trade for a quarterback. When the Vikings acquired Sam Bradford a year ago, they gave up significant draft capital but they spent only $7 million for the full season.

However it plays out, time is of the essence. And not because the new quarterback will have to learn Miami’s offense. Gase will have to adapt Miami’s offense to the new quarterback, and then teach it to the rest of the team.

That’s how Gase has done it in the past, from borrowing Navy and Air Force plays when Tim Tebow became the starter in Denver to adopting the Indianapolis offense when Gase became the offensive coordinator with Peyton Manning in 2013, to coming up with the right way to get the most out of Cutler in 2015 to coming up with the right way to get the most out of Tannehill in 2016.

Whoever the Dolphins settle on, Gase and the rest of the staff will then devise the best possible offense to suit whoever will be playing. That doesn’t mean it definitely will work. But that’s definitely the way it will happen.

53 responses to “Adam Gase: Jay Cutler is “interested”

  1. I never liked Cutler, but suddenly I wish him well and hope that he takes it to the Patriots.

  2. The narrative on not signing Kaepernick includes questions on if he is dedicated to football. But someone who has announced his plans to retire already and who hasn’t had half the success on the field is somehow a better choice?

    #blackballed

  3. I don’t understand these coaches. You’re in a position where you have one out of only 32 jobs in the whole world. You fight and grind to get the Head Coaching position only to trust a guy like Jay Cutler to help you keep that job.

  4. Now reports that Cutler is leaning towards staying retired. Sound like one of two things,

    Cutler came out and expressed too much interest in playing that it may have cost him money so now he has to dial it back.

    Or

    Gase is sticking with Moore as the starter and he’s asking Cutler to come in as a backup. (This is what I really think happened)

    I hope they stick with Moore, I think that’s their best option. There’s not a free agent QB out there who’s better than Moore. I just don’t know who they could trade for as a backup.

  5. Cutler should think this over very carefully. Fire sales are not always what they are cut out to be. He is not hurting for money. He has moved on and probably should stay in his currently capacity. Nothing against the Dolphins but they can do better.

  6. Looks like the Fins have about $17M in cap space, so they would have to create some space for injury replacement during the season.

  7. Matt Moore needs to start and the Fins need a back up QB behind him. 16 mill for Cutler to start ahead of Moore is an insult to Moore. I’d rather see Tebow as the back up with QB option coming off the bench running and throwing with Ajayi and Drake. Still only in camp…why not bring him in.

  8. bondlake says:
    August 5, 2017 at 4:04 pm
    I never liked Cutler, but suddenly I wish him well and hope that he takes it to the Patriots.
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    I have always kind of liked Cutler and thought he deserved a better fate than he was dealt. If he is any kind of healthy and can stay upright I think he could take the Phins to more wins than Tannehill would have. Tannehill needs further development. He was not hard for good defenses to confuse but there is little Cutler hasn’t seen. There are more weapons on this offense than any Cutler has had before. TBH with this schedule I thought anywhere from 7-9 to 9-7 finishing just out of the playoffs and I’d be satisfied as long as there was growth and development towards building a consistent winner. With Cutler I could see them maybe making the playoffs this season but he wouldn’t get them past New England. It would just be a comfy bandaid in the here and now, he isn’t the future.

  9. Show me a losing team that still made tons of money, and I’ll show you a team that doesn’t really care that much about winning. When the day comes that TV revenue is divided up according to wins and losses, I’ll show you a day when every team is trying to win.

  10. remembertheagenda says:
    August 5, 2017 at 4:19 pm
    The narrative on not signing Kaepernick includes questions on if he is dedicated to football. But someone who has announced his plans to retire already and who hasn’t had half the success on the field is somehow a better choice?

    #blackballed
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    In this instance you can spare us your agenda. Half the Miami metro area is Cuban or Cuban American, you have no idea the crap storm signing Kaepernick would initiate here.

    #thinkitthrough

  11. As a Bucs fan, and since we play the fish week 1, all I can say is PLEASE SIGN HIM! I think we sacked him 4 times and intercepted him 4 or 5 times last year when we played Chicago.

    So please smelly fish, sign him asap!

  12. I like Matt Moore and his gunslinging attitude. He’s a good backup quarterback. When he comes in to play and replace the starter for the rest of the game he does very well. He does well filling in for a game or two. For some reason if he has to play more than a handful of games he regresses. I’m not sure if it’s that teams figure him out, or they just put too much pressure on him? Pressuring Matt Moore leads to either sacks or a questionable throw.

  13. Gase is trying to drive down the price/ask for other QBs by saying Cutler will play again. He wants someone else, just not at the price being asked.

  14. frankly, gase should ask the captains. and prior to that, the captains should poll the locker room. if gase makes the wrong decision at QB, he will lose the locker room

    my gut says the team thinks it is fair that moore be given a shot and that they would play hard for him. you bring in a guy like cutler, and if the locker room feels moore was treated unfairly, they won’t play hard for cutler. and let’s face it, cutler’s reputation is that he isn’t a team guy. which will make it that much easier to not play hard for him.

  15. Cutler makes the most sense because he knows the system. I really don’t think Miami is in a position to think any other QB, including Matt Moore, is going to give the team any real sense that they have a competitive chance this year at making the playoffs. Tannehill is an injury prone QB from the little that I know of the Dolphins. If they get a high draft pick because of this year, they’ll be locked in on a QB or definitely trade for someone who can play. Tanny’s injury looked to be non-contact. Pretty gimpy knee. He’s finished as the Fins starter if he doesn’t come back this year.

  16. These training camp or in-season adds never work out, but at least they’re not stupidly trading first round picks for him, and he’s been in Gase’s system before. However, he hasn’t worked with those receivers, and he’s Jay Cutler, which despite what his fan boys tell you, isn’t a good thing.

  17. What is the obsession with Tebow all about? Tebow is never going to play in the NFL again, and every sane person knows it. He’s failed with several different teams, he can’t throw accurately, and all he did was get very, very lucky in a few games for Denver several years ago. Plus, he seems to be doing okay with minor league baseball now. He’s a good athlete, admittedly, but even Belichick thinks he’s not good enough to play in the NFL. Get over it, people. Tebow is not coming back to pro football in the NFL. No team wants him. He’s not good enough.

  18. It would be funny if the Fins are not placing Tannehill on IR, so that it helps them with leverage in negotiations. Placing Ryan on IR makes them desperate to sign Cutler and ups his asking price. Cutler may also not sign if he finds out that Tannehill will not be out for the entire season. Why come out of retirement if the starter is back in 3 months. It also theoretically stops a team from negotiating with Cutler to block Miami. Although that latter scenario seems unlikely.

  19. NFL without blackballed Tebow = Netanyahu Football League

    v2787 says:
    August 5, 2017 at 6:53 pm
    What is the obsession with Tebow all about? Tebow is never going to play in the NFL again, and every sane person knows it. He’s failed with several different teams, he can’t throw accurately, and all he did was get very, very lucky in a few games for Denver several years ago. Plus, he seems to be doing okay with minor league baseball now. He’s a good athlete, admittedly, but even Belichick thinks he’s not good enough to play in the NFL. Get over it, people. Tebow is not coming back to pro football in the NFL. No team wants him. He’s not good enough

  20. v2787 says:
    August 5, 2017 at 6:53 pm
    What is the obsession with Tebow all about? Tebow is never going to play in the NFL again, and every sane person knows it. He’s failed with several different teams, he can’t throw accurately, and all he did was get very, very lucky in a few games for Denver several years ago.

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    Lucky? LOL! Tebow led the Broncos to 7 fourth quarter comeback victories. SEVEN. Name a quarterback who wins in the 4th quarter like Tebow does. Brady, Manning, and Rodgers comes to mind.

  21. remembertheagenda says:
    August 5, 2017 at 4:19 pm
    The narrative on not signing Kaepernick includes questions on if he is dedicated to football. But someone who has announced his plans to retire already and who hasn’t had half the success on the field is somehow a better choice?

    #blackballed
    —————————————————————————————————–
    Don’t forget that Kap also wore a Fiedel Castro shirt. With a large Cuban population in Miami that alone shut the door. Imagine if you wore a pro North Korea shirt and then would expect to be the first choice of a sports team in South Korea?!
    #getrealdude

  22. From A Bears Fan Living in South Florida:

    Cutler is flawed but talented. Puss-faced but tough as nails.

    Adam Gase needs a QB. Cutler has his best year as a Bear with Gase. Are there any other QBs that Gase had better success or experience with on the market? Like or it or not, it makes for Gase to pursue it.

  23. Lucky? LOL! Tebow led the Broncos to 7 fourth quarter comeback victories. SEVEN. Name a quarterback who wins in the 4th quarter like Tebow does. Brady, Manning, and Rodgers comes to mind.

    It was 5, first of all. And the only time he won against a team with a winning record was that playoff game against a devastated Steelers team. It was luck. Anytime a team goes and losses 3 straight game to finish the regular season and still get a playoff game is lucky.

  24. Cutler just had a bad time in Chicago. The Bears refused to invest in a good offensive line to protect him. He got the snot beat out of him constantly. Cant blame him for getting trigger happy on interceptions and such. He needs a team with a line and he is very serviceable as a starter.

  25. Multiple coaches gave Tebow a chance and said that at the point he left the league he was not quite a #3 talent on a good team. A lot of people are making this super personal because they share a few superficial characteristics (except smarts, athleticism, physique, and good looks) with the guy.

  26. I think they should give Matt Moore the shot, trade for Osweiler as a backup. Browns will pay almost all the salary -and only have to give up a late round pick? Dude played will in denver the year before last and everyone wanted him. I think Cutler is horrible.

  27. I think the amount of resources (money, picks) Miami is likely to invest is going to predicated on whether they feel Tannehill will recover fully (mentally and physically).

    If they feel he will be ready for next year, I see no reason they would pay a multi year contract at or near Tannehills salary. At most, they would do a one year deal with any qb.

    If they feel he wont be ready, they may be willing to invest a bit more. But then I ask myself, who out there fits that bill and is available? I dont see Cutler as more than a band-aid. Sadly I dont think Miami sees Moore as anything more than a very good backup.

    So I imagine Moore will compete with a qb Miami is able to get at a reasonable cost (picks and/or $) with Moore expected to win the competition.

    My guess is Miami may pick up a camp arm and wait for the mandatory cut date and poach a qb that a team was going to put on their practice squad.

    There is little doubt in my mind that Osweiler would have been the first choice if the Browns had cut him. Since that did not happen, I dont see Miami having serious talks about obtaining him as it is clear the Browns value draft resources.

    As for a few backups on teams mentioned in different forums such as McCarron…..I dont see Miami doing much more than reaching out to inquire as there will be a cost to them beyond $.

    So my guess is,……Miami gets a camp arm (a basic nobody that has no chance of making the 53) and then poaching a qb that a team tries to sneak on their practice squad.

  28. .
    as if Cutler has other options.
    Cutler, one of the most pathetic QB’s out there. he has talent but its completely negated by his patheticness

  29. I presume it’s all about financials right now. Fins really have no choice, a playoff roster without a playoff QB currently.

  30. Can somebody (a Dolphins fan perhaps who has paid more attention to Miami than I have) please explain why Moore isn’t starting over Tannehill regardless if he’s healthy or not?

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