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Dolphins Gase defends Cutler, bemoans play of receivers

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Dolphins coach Adam Gase has found something new to dislike about an offensive attack that continued to play like “garbage’’ while eking out a 16-10 victory over the Titans on Sunday.

Having already expressed disappointment with the play of his offensive line, Gase on Sunday turned his attention to the play of a wide receiver corps that isn’t doing quarterback Jay Cutler any favors either.

Gase, who made it clear last week that he has no plans to replace Cutler despite his continued struggles, noted that “five’’ of the 14 incompletions Cutler racked up on Sunday were the result of dropped passes by his receivers.

“If guys would do their job – catch the ball, block the right guys, give the quarterback a chance to do something,’’ Gase said when asked yet again why it is that the offense continues to struggle. “Jay’s way down on the list of things going wrong.’’

That was evident again on Sunday when Cutler was hurried often on passing plays but managed on several occasions to get off strong and accurate throws that simply were not caught by the receiver downfield.

Those struggles came on a day when the Dolphins may have lost their best pass-catching weapon for a while as DeVante Parker left the game early on with an ankle injury and did not return.

That left Jarvis Landry, Kenny Stills and tight end Julius Thomas to do the heavy lifting in the passing game but Landry (five catches for 44 yards and a touchdown) was the only one to stand out.

And even Landry, who was targeted 10 times, wasn’t at his best during a game in which Cutler wound up completing just 12 of 26 passes for 92 yards and the one touchdown.

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