Jay Cutler: I’m a quarterback, I don’t have to be in great shape

Is new Dolphins quarterback Jay Cutler in good enough shape to play after spending the last few months in retirement?

“The good thing is I play quarterback so I don’t have to be in that great cardiovascular shape,” Cutler said with a smile today.

Cutler said Dolphins coach Adam Gase called him last week, asked him if he was in good enough shape to play this season, and when Cutler said he was, they quickly agreed that they could make it work.

“I told him I was good to go. It was very short, very brief,” Cutler said.

Cutler said he’s just getting a feel for the Dolphins’ facility and wants to “figure out where the dinner room is.” He’s confident that within a month, he’ll have figured out enough to lead the Dolphins on the field at the start of the regular season.

112 responses to “Jay Cutler: I’m a quarterback, I don’t have to be in great shape

  1. This has the same smell of desperation as the Vikings’ deal last year. Only the price paid by the Fins is waaaaaaay lower.

  2. Kind of reminds me of this:

    It was spring training, and John Kruk was significantly overweight.

    He was also drinking beer and smoking cigarettes. A woman recognized him, and she approached him. “You should be ashamed of yourself. You’re an athlete,” she said.

    Kruk responded, “I ain’t an athlete, lady. I’m a baseball player.”

  3. This is Jay Cutler speak for “I throw hard, why should I work to improve my game?”

  4. Cutler summed up the difference between his underachieving career and Tom Bradys overachieving career in one sentence. To this day he still doesn’t get it. You get out what you put in. He basically is stealing Miami’s money.

  5. And there, in twenty-five words or less, is the major difference between the approaches to the game of Cutler and Brady.

  6. He needs stamina at least. I think he has a world of physical talent, but if I had his arm, I could play in the NFL. And there are many more of us I am sure.

  7. Jay never had a chance in Chicago. All the expectations but never had the teammates to make a difference. I’m going to enjoy watching him this year.

  8. “I don’t have to be in that great cardiovascular shape.” That would explain a career passer rating of 85.7. That would point to last year’s 59.1% completion rate, along with 4 TDs and 5 INTs.

  9. Yeah, I’m sure Cutler was completely serious when he said that. Sheesh, pitchfork nation. . . . .

  10. Some people seem to forget Cutler has been managing Type 1 Diabetes for ten years, so I think it’s highly unlikely he has been gorging on boxes of Pop Tarts since he announced his retirement. This seems a big non-issue to me.

  11. The reason why a Miami QB has to be in great cardiovascular shape is because there is a big gaping hole where a guard used to be. Defenders are going to rip through that hole like those creepy alien dudes through that hole in the sky in the Avengers movie.

  12. Has to figure out where the dining room is-classic. Come on now, no matter how much you hate the guy, the take is funny.

  13. It’s a shame more people don’t understand Cutler’s self deprecating humor.But it isn’t surprising, as a society we seem to have lost the ability to laugh at ourselves

  14. edavidberg says:
    August 7, 2017 at 2:39 pm
    Jay never had a chance in Chicago. All the expectations but never had the teammates to make a difference….
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    ????????

    Matt Forte, Martellus Bennett, Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffery….

    Pretty good football players all…

  15. Cutler has a back up mentality, which is okay because we got him as a bargain. Cutler does not have to start unless Matt Moore gets hurt or stumbles. Matt had a good season for us last year and will probably progress even further under Gase’s tutelage. Moore is a locker room favorite whereas Cutler is aloof. Of course, Brandon Marshall liked him so he can’t be all bad; right? I don’t suspect that Cutler will be needed before mid-season. Our offensive line must do better in protection and the defense is going to have to keep opponent points off of the board if we are to get a wild card. (NE will win the AFC-East; of course.)

  16. How good of shape do you need to be in to:

    1. Hand off to the back
    2. Throw an incomplete out route
    3. Over throw the slot receiver on a slant
    4. Walk of the field so punter can kick it away
    5. Mope on the sideline for 15 minutes
    6. Repeat the entire process

    Seriously, you really don’t have to be in very good shape for that.

  17. thegreatgabbert says:
    August 7, 2017 at 2:49 pm
    “I’m an NFL QB, I don’t have to be a nice person.”.
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    You know him as a person, privately? Nobody has to be a nice person. QB, or the guy making your large fry at McDonald’s…you going to wax exaggerative on your fry guy too?
    Jay is very a good guy off the field. Check into JDRF. Find me someone or some report with first hand knowledge that says he’s not. It’s unbelievable on here the out of town stupid that has zero idea about him, as a player, but especially as a person. Just admit you were too lazy to think of a decent joke.

  18. dolphincritic says:
    August 7, 2017 at 3:22 pm
    Cutler has a back up mentality, which is okay because we got him as a bargain. Cutler does not have to start unless Matt Moore gets hurt or stumbles. Matt had a good season for us last year and will probably progress even further under Gase’s tutelage. Moore is a locker room favorite whereas Cutler is aloof. Of course, Brandon Marshall liked him so he can’t be all bad; right? I don’t suspect that Cutler will be needed before mid-season. Our offensive line must do better in protection and the defense is going to have to keep opponent points off of the board if we are to get a wild card. (NE will win the AFC-East; of course.)

    Guy, have you been under a rock? HE’S THE STARTER! AND YES, CUTLER IS BETTER THAN MATT MOORE…or Moore wouldn’t be your number 2, behind a one time college wide receiver.

  19. Now way man. This has Jeff George written all over it. By that I mean when George was called every derogatory name a QB can be called and he then took over the starting job w/Minnesota and lit it up.

    I will not be surprised that when you surround him w/some talent at the WR, TE and RB position we are going to see a different Cutler than we have seen before.

  20. Sonny Jurgensen played with a beer belly his whole career. But that was a different era. QB’s today throw three times as much as QB’s did back then. So Cutler needs to be in the best shape he can be in.
    We all saw JaMarcus Russell eat himself out of the league. It’s hard to believe the Raiders gave Russell 31.5 million dollars of guaranteed money. He joins Ryan Leaf as the biggest busts in NFL history. Russell’s record as a starting QB was 7 and 18. In 2016, he wrote a letter to all NFL teams offering to play for them for free and still no one wanted him.
    Cutler is this era’s Jeff George. They both had a lot of talent and could make all the throws, but they were both losers, largely because of what’s between their ears.

  21. HAHHAH I admit I appreciate Cutler’s dry humor more that I used to.
    It was even funnier when some dope at his presser forgot to turn off their cell phone so it’s ringing while Cutler is talking and he stops and says,” You can get that”. 😀

  22. There’s a glaring difference between him and quarterbacks like Tom Brady. At 40 years old, Brady is still in amazing shape, and continues to get better with age. Cutler is way past his peak as of 2010.

  23. Jay Cutler makes an off the cuff joke and a bunch of dim bulbs lose their minds. Look, Jay Cutler would beat Tom Brady in every athletic test in existence, right this second. He’s a very good athlete.

  24. Being a fine physical specimen doesn’t always translate into success on the field. William Perry was one of the great football players and personalities of all time, yet nobody would say he was in terrific shape would they? Javon Kearse, the freak, was an amazing specimen but kept getting hurt all the time. Bo Jackson was probably one of the finest specimens on the planet at one point and he couldn’t stay on the field.

  25. August 7, 2017 at 2:34 pm
    JaMarcus Russell approves of Jay’s thinking.

    @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@

    Maybe he does. Difference is, Cutler has enjoyed a long career as a loser in the NFL, and continues to get chances. Made close to $200 million. JaMarcus, not so much. What’s wrong with that picture???

  26. of course, this hilarious and apt comment made all the leftists on Twitter go crazy. Peyton Manning NEVER had a bodybuilder physique. Most quarterbacks are a bit pudgy. They’re paid to throw the ball well, not look like Mr. America.

  27. Seriously, get the guy a pack of Marlboro reds and a jersey, cant wait to see this guy play. Go phins!

  28. commentawaitingdeletion says:
    August 7, 2017 at 4:21 pm
    Matt Forte, Martellus Bennett, Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffery….

    Pretty good football players all…
    ________________

    And not one of them an O-lineman
    ————————————————-

    And, yet, somehow Matt Forte cranked out 1000+ yard season after 1000+ yard season while with the Bears.

    I could look it up but I do not know if the Bears had any Pro Bowl o-linemen during Cutler’s years with the team other than maybe Olin Kreutz. Still, given Forte’s career, they could not have been too bad.

  29. I hope Jay Cutler has a great year and the Dolphins do well so that this last minute
    signing is justified and people finally cut him some slack.

  30. The East Coast and Chicago are going to implode if Smokin’ Jay goes out and leads the Dolphins to a 12-4 or better finish this season. I don’t think that is going to happen, but it sure would be entertaining to watch the chaos!

  31. leeroydiggler says:
    August 7, 2017 at 4:13 pm
    Jay Cutler makes an off the cuff joke and a bunch of dim bulbs lose their minds. Look, Jay Cutler would beat Tom Brady in every athletic test in existence, right this second. He’s a very good athlete.
    =======================================================================================
    Seriously, Tom Brady was drafted as a catcher by the Montreal Expos and is a scratch golfer. He also has much better stamina than Cutler, and throws the ball with greater accuracy. So, I believe you’re pulling this stuff out of nowhere. Tom Brady is slow. Yes, he might lose a foot race to Jay Cutler, but that’s about it.

  32. You know the guy is just poking at the haters…. but he hasn’t done jack in his career, so you would think he might be a bit more concerned with earning his money this time around instead of stirring the pot.

  33. Tom Brady has 857 trainers and nutritionists, wears ‘performance-enhancing’ PJ’s and wants to play until he’s 50.

    Cutler packs it in at 34, feasts on Cheetos and has to be pushed to return to play by his wife.

    Yup, Dolphins are definitely a contender this year.

  34. THAT’S the Jay I know!!! Damn im gonna miss seeing him lace em up for Chicago…was always good for 2-3 picks every time we played em

    As a gb fan, if I were you I wouldn’t be talking. I’ve seen Rodgers looking a little paunchy as well.

  35. jamarcuslives says:
    August 7, 2017 at 4:28 pm
    August 7, 2017 at 2:34 pm
    JaMarcus Russell approves of Jay’s thinking.

    @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@

    Maybe he does. Difference is, Cutler has enjoyed a long career as a loser in the NFL, and continues to get chances. Made close to $200 million. JaMarcus, not so much. What’s wrong with that picture???

    __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

    JaMarcus Russell was paid 31.5 million dollars for doing nothing. Seems to me he was paid way more than Cutler for what he did.

  36. Did u ever notice that u never see Jay Cutler and Jeff George In the same place…weird…just sayin.

  37. If they need him to pull out a game in the 4th qtr in Miami during the early part of the season; good luck.

  38. Correction: I’m the Dolphins quarterback, I don’t have to be in great shape.

    The statement alone will sit really well with your locker room if your body language doesn’t save you like it always has.

  39. It’s insulting to what America actually stands for that this old, lazy slob who had had his worst season ever gets a job at 10 mil this season while guy with more than double his skillset can’t find a backup job because he’s a free thinker.

  40. Well, He is laughing all the way to the bank. He has a point as Tom Brady has a physique like Olive Oil yet he’s a great QB

  41. I love all these armchair players making fun of Cutler and hoping he fails. Good luck to Jay Cutler. It takes balls to throw himself back into the fire with so much time missed. It’s 4 days until preseason. I hope he does well.

  42. After reading the actual article, he said, “cardiovascular shape”.
    Day one, his heart wasn’t in the game after he got drafted. $.

  43. tvguy22 says:
    August 7, 2017 at 2:23 pm

    Kind of reminds me of this:

    It was spring training, and John Kruk was significantly overweight.

    He was also drinking beer and smoking cigarettes. A woman recognized him, and she approached him. “You should be ashamed of yourself. You’re an athlete,” she said.

    Kruk responded, “I ain’t an athlete, lady. I’m a baseball player.”

    ——————————————————————-

    Kruk was classic. Cutler’s comment would be less annoying if he produced at Kruk’s level:

    .300 career average, three seasons as an MVP candidate, led Phillies to a World Series appearance in ’93.

  44. jimmysee trolling with the inaccurate, horrible analogy. The Dolphins situation is nothing like the Vikings last year. The Teddy got hurt the 8 days before the regular season started. They had one healthy QB and another on PUP. They had to pay to get a starting QB so they did. The Vikings also moved up in the second round this year and took a first round talent in Dalvin Cook so they did just fine.

  45. pastabelly says:

    Seriously, Tom Brady was drafted as a catcher by the Montreal Expos and is a scratch golfer. He also has much better stamina than Cutler, and throws the ball with greater accuracy. So, I believe you’re pulling this stuff out of nowhere. Tom Brady is slow. Yes, he might lose a foot race to Jay Cutler, but that’s about it.

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    Jay Cutler ran the option at Vanderbilt, was recruited as a safety in the SEC, bench pressed 23 reps of 225 at the combine, did 27 reps the next day at his pro day, ran a 4.7 (Brady ran a 5.2) and his vertical leap was measured at 32 inches (according to Ted Sunquist, the guy who drafted him), 8 inches higher than Brady’s 24 inch vertical. There’s also YouTube clips of Cutler throwing down 2 handed dunks in high school. All of Cutler’s combine numbers were better than Brady’s. By the way, he had undiagnosed type 1 diabetes.

    Cutler is a strong quick twitch athlete with very quick feet. So when I said Jay Cutler would beat Tom Brady in every athletic test known to mankind, I meant, Jay Cutler would beat Tom Brady in every athletic test known to mankind. Jay Cutler is a better athlete than Tom Brady.

    As an aside, Tom Brady is the greatest quarterback of all time. I am a big fan. Jay Cutler is more athletic.

  46. leeroydiggler says:
    August 7, 2017 at 4:13 pm
    Jay Cutler makes an off the cuff joke and a bunch of dim bulbs lose their minds. Look, Jay Cutler would beat Tom Brady in every athletic test in existence, right this second. He’s a very good athlete…………………………………………………………………….

    Cutler would lose the arm strength test attempting to hold up the 5 super bowl rings that the GOAT has, so there is that !

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