If you here looking for a puff piece on the Miami Dolphins starting QB I would suggest you click away right now. In a spot where the team desperately needed at least a decent performance from Jay Cutler to keep their playoff hopes alive, they received what the Broncos and Bears had received when Cutler was QB in those places. We need to make “Cutler” the antonym for the work “cltuch.”
Earlier in the week I wrote how important it was for Cutler to have a huge game to at least remove some of this criticism he has received over the years.
The Dolphins will need the Jay Cutler that threw three TDs in the impressive win over the Patriots last weekend and not the one who threw three INTs a few weeks ago against the Bucs in a loss.
If the Dolphins somehow make the playoffs it will be because Jay Cutler stepped up. If he steps up he could erase some of the criticism he has received for not being a clutch QB. Dolphins fans you still have your squad in the mix for the playoffs. Win out and there’s a chance you guys are in. You just need your QB to make a few plays.
On Sunday Cutler threw 28/48 274 yards O TDs and 3 INTs against the Bills . I highlighted the last two because this is exactly what the Dolphins didn’t want to get performance wise from their QB. Already facing a 21-6 half time deficit, which was more on the defense than anything, Cutler would throw picks on the Dolphins first two possessions in the second half, pretty much all but mortally wounding Miami’s chances. Keep in mind this was a road game in December in Buffalo. You simply have to take advantage of these key possessions and Cutler wasn’t able to come up with a play.
It didn’t end their as the Dolphins would stage a 4th quarter comeback and yes it these spaces Cutler was looking pretty good. They would make it a one possession game making it 24-16 late in the 4th. The Dolphins would indeed recover an onside kick to at least have a chance to tie the contest. But guess what happened this time? You guess it, Cutler threw a pick. Surprise!
If I had a dollar every time Cutler was in position to make a play but didn’t I could probably retire right now. Okay that’s hyperbole, but you get the point. I believe Jay Cutler is the most overrated QB in NFL History. I have yet to see Cutler really win any huge game. Now he’s been on playoff teams before, but when he gets there he doesn’t light up the world. I don’t have the time nor inclination to study the intensive stats regarding clutch moments and what other QBs he’s stacked up against at least in a negative light.
The Dolphins had some options when Ryan Tannehill went down and they chose a guy who had retired from football at the end of last season because he knew head coach Adam Gase’s system. Now the Dolphins could have had another QB of a kneeling variety, but just like the rest of the cowardly teams they passed on that certain QB. So they went with Cutler and boy did they get everything Cutler brings to the table. He’ll make you feel great in spaces where as a fan you have to be getting excited. His performance against the Patriots this past Monday night was one of those moments. But it feels like he has those moments only to deflate your hopes.
Can’t imagine what fantasy football owners who picked up Cutler as a streaming QB and are in their playoffs at the moment how they feel about him. Sure it wasn’t as bad as Dolphins fans feel, or perhaps was because it’s going to cost you some good potential coin. Either way there is no other way to describe Cutler other than being overrated. He has a tremendous amount of skill and shows flashes of brilliance. But at the end of the day he’s never going to take you to the promised land. Folks in Denver and Chicago know exactly what I’m taking about.
Dolphins new policy threatens to suspend players for anthem protests
We already know that the NFL has enacted a new national anthem policy being left up to teams to enforce and it has caused controversy. Well, now the Dolphins have taken that to a new level by threatening to suspend players next season for protesting on the field during the anthem.
Details of @MiamiDolphins anthem policy from @AP_RobMaaddi: Anthem conduct one point under "conduct detrimental to the club." NFL rule forbids players from kneeling or sitting during anthem on the field. Up to clubs to punish players directly. https://t.co/BQYHcGiwqG
— AP NFL (@AP_NFL) July 19, 2018
In a section titled “Proper Anthem Conduct,” there is a sentence dealing with anthem protests under a large list of “conduct detrimental to the club” acts. All of which, could lead to a paid or unpaid suspension or both. This is according to an anonymous team source familiar, who provided the policy to the AP.
The new NFL policy voted in by the owners in May allows teams to discipline players for anthem protesting, while on the field. The policy does allow for players who are objecting to the anthem to remain in the locker room, if they so choose.
The NFL declined comment, when the Associated Press reached them about the leaking of the Dolphins team policy. Dolphins officials also had no comment to the Associated Press on Thursday afternoon
Dolphins receiver Kenny Stills, and former safety Michael Thomas and former tight end Julius Thomas are shown above kneeling during the anthem in a game in November of last season.
Thursday’s leaking of the policy is the latest in the national anthem Saga for Miami, where owner Stephen Ross defended players protesting the anthem, previously.
However, earlier this year, Ross made comments at a New York event where he was being honored, suggesting he wanted the anthem protests to be over with, and even hinted then that there could be punishment down the road.
Ross quickly backpedaled and clarified those comments the next day after a firestorm of controversy that started.
ESPN NFL reporter Jeff Darlington, who is formerly a Dolphins media member, reported Thursday evening that the policy submitted to the league and to be given to the players isn’t a “this for that” definite suspension threat:
Dolphins submitted the same discipline schedule that all other teams will also submit, outlining what could be considered conduct detrimental to the club. It declares vague maximums. I’m told this is NOT a public declaration of intentions to suspend for protests during anthem.
— Jeff Darlington (@JeffDarlington) July 19, 2018
However, the Fins clearly have anthem protests spelled out as a punishable offense, according the AP, which has seen it.
The interesting dynamic is that the teams themselves are being left to impose penalties, as they see fit and not the league doing so with a black and white policy that lays out specific punishment.
Dolphins cornerstone player for 2018?
It’s a pivotal year for the Dolphins, their head coach Adam Gase, their front office of Mike Tannenbaum and Chris Grier, and most importantly, QB Ryan Tannehill.
Miami is certainly taking a risk bringing back Tannehill off of missing all of 2017 with re-injury to his ACL. A risk, because they didn’t elect to make a play for a “quarterback of the future” in this year’s draft. This despite flirting heavily with the likes of Baker Mayfiled, and a player like Lamar Jackson being readily available for them, when they drafted at #11.
And, the Fins dealt away Pro Bowl wide receiver Jarvis Landry for not much in return, because they didn’t want to pay him huge dollars. And then, with getting rid of fellow Pro Bowl defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh to save on the salary cap, the clear star or leader remaining is Tannehill.
And Tannenbaum, Grier and Gase are banking that he will be back to his 2016 pre-injury play of 2016 that put the Dolphins in position to make the playoffs.
Gase has made it no secret that they have made their decision and have built around Tannehill. As we wrote about early last month, the third year coach has repeatedly backed his QB, who’s about to play for his sixth season. Gase saying to SI.com’s Albert Breer last month:
“Just being around him (Tannehill), this being my third year, the guy competes as hard as anyone I’ve been around, especially at that position. And it’s a good feeling as a coach when we’ve got him back out there.”
And they hope to have at the level where he was, when he injured the knee in the week 14 home game with Arizona two years ago. Through 13 games, he had his highest completion percentage (67.5%), yards per attempt (7.7) and quarterback rating (93.5).
There are new veteran faces on offense like RB Frank Gore, and WR Danny Amendola, who both have years of winning and post season experience to bring to the huddle.
Still, in most NFL locker rooms, the QB is the “face of the franchise,” the leader and the one most scrutinized.
And Ryan Tannehill will be that for this fall.
He’s the foundation, for at least the start of this year, that Miami will try to build their fortunes.
Dolphins moving eventually to new facility near Hard Rock Stadium?
It’s not as earth shattering as a huge free agent signing or hosting a playoff game, but the fact that the Dolphins are close to moving locations from their current training complex in Davie to a more convenient one next to Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens is a big deal.
— Miami Herald Sports (@HeraldSports) July 14, 2018
From the Herald’s item, there is definitely some competitive interest in luring the Dolphins away:
Miami Gardens might defray the cost of security in and around Hard Rock Stadium to help seal the deal, and Miami-Dade County could amend the existing stadium renovation agreement that pays the Dolphins a bonus for hosting major events.
“Twenty-five years ago, the Dolphins moved their football headquarters from North Dade to Davie, and I’ve wanted them back ever since,” Miami Dade Commissioner Barbara Jordan said. “When I heard Mr. Ross was considering a new $50 million practice facility in Broward, I knew we had to have a conversation about bringing this massive private investment to Miami-Dade. To me, it’s a perfect fit for our community and will bring a lot of economic activity to Miami-Dade.”
Added Miami Gardens Mayor Oliver Gilbert: “From Top Golf to the Super Bowl, Miami Gardens has become a destination for world-class entertainment, and venues that attract visitors on a consistent basis are a critical component of economic development. Between the Miami Open and Miami Dolphins training camp, we can generate $100 million-plus in privately funded construction, hundreds of good-paying jobs, a significant boost to our tax base and new opportunities for residents to live, work and play. It would be great to bring the Miami Dolphins training facility back home to the 305.”
So, clearly there’s some “wooing” going on, and if Fins owner Stephen Ross is going to privately fund the new facility to the tune of at least $50 and maybe as high as, $75 million, then there is ample reason to try to lure them. Ross has already put over $500 million of his own money into a three year renovation of Hard Rock Stadium.
The Dolphins training adjacent to the stadium where they play or in the same complex area, is not uncommon. In the cases of Florida’s other two NFL teams: the Jaguars train adjacent to TIAA Bank Field, and the Bucs complex is across the street from Raymond James Stadium.
And, there are other examples of the Bengals, the Texans, and the Patriots who train either next to or in the same complex as where they play on Sundays.
The reality is that the new facility will not be ready for at least another two seasons, no matter where it’s located. Still, the convenience and new design will also be an asset for the Dolphins to attract players, too.
Now it’s up to the franchise to decide where and how soon, they want to build.
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