The Jay Cutler Experiment: The Miami Dolphins need to let their QB go

The Jay Cutler Experiment: The Miami Dolphins need to let their QB go

Brought in this off-season to help solve their problems at center, the Miami Dolphin’s Jay Cutler hasn’t been very impressive in his return to the NFL so far.

The Miami Dolphins were hopeful that their QB problems would be solved by Jay Cutler this season. Boy were they wrong. Adam Gase did a find job of steering the team to an impressive 10-6 finish last season. Of course, a lot of that success had to do with Ryan Tannehill’s maturation. Unfortunately for the Dolphins, Tannehill had season-ending surgery just last August. So who do they get to replace him? Despite Colin Kaepernick’s availability, the team opted to get Jay Cutler of all people.

The Adam Gase and Jay Cutler connection

In his 11-year career in the NFL, Jay Cutler has never been considered an elite quarterback. At his best, he narrowly got into the top 10 in the league. Coincidentally, that happened in 2015 when he was playing for the Bears. At that time, Adam Gase was still the offensive coordinator in Chicago. Under his wing, Cutler would go on to post a career-best 92.3 QB rating. He managed to complete 64.4% of his passes for 3659 yards. More importantly, he managed to put up 21 touchdowns while only giving up 11 turnovers.

Does this warrant getting him over Colin Kaepernick?

While his stats that season might have been impressive, I still don’t think those warranted a Dolphins contract. Jay Cutler is supposed to be in his prime.  He’s playing pretty bad though, relative to older QBs. It would have been understandable if he was a good QB in his early years. The problem is, he wasn’t. At most, he was mediocre and he never showed any improvements in his game. His throwing mechanics is still off and he’s not good at rushing either. In fact, the Dolphins could have done better if they got Colin Kaepernick instead. Despite playing only 12 games last season, Kaep had a 90.7 QB rating and threw for 2241 yards. Also, he completed 59.2% of his throws with 16 TDs and only 4 interceptions. In comparison, Cutler had more interceptions than touchdowns (5 INTs to 4 TDs) in 5 games with the Bears last season.

Likely staying for the long haul

As of now, there’s no indication that the Dolphins will part ways with Jay Cutler. However, they’re going to need that huge hole in center to be filled. For their offense to be shutdown by the Saints of all teams, drastic changes need to be made. Consider this, the Dolphins only managed to score 8 points in the last 8 quarters they’ve played. In their last 3 games, they’ve only managed 25 points. Though they managed to win one game, they also got shutdown in that 3-game span. What’s even more embarrassing is the fact that the shutdown was against the New Orleans Saints of all teams.

Still fixable

There’s still time to fix what ails the Miami Dolphins. If they could get past the politics then Colin Kaepernick is an obvious upgrade over Jay Cutler. The dude has Super Bowl experience and is still a serviceable quarterback. The Dolphins need to kickstart their offense right now and Kaep is the best man available for the job. Miami can still have Cutler come off the bench even with Kaep starting. Right now, they’re not going to do any better with their current lineup. They might as well shake things up and maybe that could kickstart another run at the playoffs.


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