With the 2017 NFL football season ending in disappointment for the Miami Dolphins, it’s time to figure out what to do to ensure a more successful future. One of the biggest question marks is what to do with veteran QB Jay Cutler.
Actually the entire discussion around the Dolphins offseason will focus mainly on the future of the QB position in general. Ryan Tannehill should be expected to be the starter in 2018, however his susceptibility to injury has to be a major concern for the franchise. He hasn’t played a snap in 20 months because of multiple injuries to the same knee. Can that knee be ready by the start of the 2018 season? Who knows. This question mark opens the door to Cutler in Miami for 2018.
The Dolphins are better off right now not brining Jay Cutler back regardless of whether he wants to return in 2018. Right now Cutler has mentioned he isn’t closing the door on 2018. Here’s some of what he had to say via the Miami Herald in regarding to coming back:
“Yeah, I think so…I wouldn’t want to move again and go somewhere and just to back up.”
“It was a great experience…It’s a really good locker room, really good coaches, great organization, great owner. I had a really good time.”
“I love playing football. You can only do it for so long. Everyone has some point in their career that they can’t play anymore. Whether it’s your decision or someone else’s decision, it happens. You guys can write and type for a long time. We can only play football for so long.”
Let’s run the hypothetical and say that Ryan Tannehill has another set back leading up to training camp. Under no circumstance should the Dolphins bring back Cutler…none. If they are interested in moving forward they have to put this season behind them.
Cutler was too pedestrian of a QB to be rewarded the keys to the Miami offense. He’s currently 24th in passing yards, 17th in TD passes, and 26th in passer rating. In other words there are several other options if needed that the Dolphins can go in that will be better than Cutler.
At this point Cutler believes he’s still worthy to be a starter. However his stats speak otherwise. If he wants to come back, it ought to be in a back up roll. As for the Dolphins, even a back up role is not necessary. Assuming Tannehill is able to recover and come back to 100% Matt Moore is a good enough back up. Let’s just admit that the Cutler experiment didn’t work despite his understanding of the Adam Gase offense and move forward.
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