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With Tannehill sidelined, here’s the case for Jay Cutler in Miami

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With Quarterback Ryan Tannehill sidelined at least in the short term and maybe, for good in 2017, there is another prominent name that the Dolphins could and may very well turn to: Jay Cutler.

On Thursday afternoon we wrote about the case for Colin Kaepernick as an option that the Dolphins look to. The possibility Miami will consider more is the lightning rod on the field with his play, in Cutler.

Cutler is currently scheduled to be paired with play-by-play announcer Kevin Burkhardt and color commentator Charles Davis on Fox to form a three-man booth for the 2017 season. Interesting to note that they put him in a 3-man booth. Possibly in case he does pursue playing, then FOX is still covered?

Cutler said there are two ways a person leaves the NFL. First, they’re forced to leave, and or secondly, they lose the desire to do what’s required to keep going. He said he is somewhere in between those two, which sounds like he may be leaving the door cracked open for a possible return.

Cutler also said with ESPN’s Adam Schefter on the “Know them From Adam” podcast in June, asking a QB to come in short notice and expect them to play right away is one of the hardest things to do. That you need to go to a place you’re comfortable and know the scheme. He used the example of Romo and the Cowboys being a realistic option, if it needed to happen. Could Cutler and Gase be along those lines?

He did have one of his best seasons in Chicago with Gase at the helm of the offense. He threw for 3,659 yards in 2015 to go along with 21 touchdowns and 11 picks. While the numbers don’t strike as glorifying as some other quarterbacks, the important thing is that consistency was there.

If it’s the situation that kept Cutler from committing to play for a team like the Jets, that won’t be the case in Miami. The Dolphins were a playoff team last season and they expect to be there again. Cutler has not made it to the playoffs since 2010. Maybe the fact that the Dolphins are a winning team can entice him to exchange that microphone back in for a helmet.

All in all, If Tannehill is seriously hurt and can’t play, the Dolphins are in a pickle. Do they bring in Cutler and let him fight for a chance to start? Or do they just have him sit behind Matt Moore? Cutler may not want to come out of retirement to play second fiddle to someone he thinks he is better than in his mind. And, again, he’s got a great NFL booth TV gig waiting, too.

Ultimately the ball is in Cutler’s court. The question is: does he take the Dolphins bait? Or will he keep swimming in the open waters of retirement?

Josh Ciganek is a young draft pick working his way up the depth chart on the F.F.I. roster, who enjoys watching and writing about all of Florida’s football teams.

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Bama QB Tua Tagovailoa present to start NFL combine

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The NFL Scouting Combine is getting underway in Indianapolis this week and on Monday morning, one of the prized quarterbacks that will be available early in the first round of the draft was there for official measurements and to meet with teams.

Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa, whose season ended with a fractured hip last November, is on the road to recovery and he was officially measured and also, met with numerous teams that are looking at the possibility of drafting him:

In addition to not only the injured hip, but also a history of high ankle sprain problems, Tagovailoa has got to answer critics on his size. At just 6 – 0 feet there will be concerns about his ability to clearly see downfield through the massive bodies on NFL Sundays.

However, this can be combated by moving him around out of the pocket and that’s something that Alabama was successful at doing over his three years as well.

As we wrote recently, Tagovailoa was injured in Alabama’s 10th game of the season suffering a fractured hip on a sack late in the first half at Mississippi State. He missed the Tide’s final two regular-season games and then, their Citrus Bowl win January 1st, over Michigan

He came to Alabama from Hawaii and the same high school as Marcus Mariota, having thrown for over 8,000 yards which at that time was a Hawaii High School record. And, he had a career of 84 passing and 27 rushing touchdowns in three seasons.

Tua burst onto the scene nationally, when he relieved Jalen Hurts in the second half and overtime of Alabama’s thrilling title game win over Georgia in the 2018 College Football Playoff Championship Game. Tagovailoa threw the game-winning touchdown pass on the first overtime possession, as Alabama celebrated their fifth National Title in nine seasons under Saban.

In his second season at the helm in the 2018 regular season, Tagovailoa was named second-team AP All-American and was a Heisman Trophy finalist, as the Tide reached the National Title game, again, before being beaten soundly by Clemson 12 months ago.

As this junior season unfolded, Tagovailoa was named almost became synonymous with the Dolphins, who started the season horribly at 0 – 7 and the moniker “Tank for Tua” began to gain momentum in South Florida.

Tagovailoa is obviously on the Dolphins list to look at strongly to select in the top five in the draft and currently, Miami is slated to pick fifth.

It is expected that Tagovailoa will work out for teams probably later in March or maybe even, early April at the Tide’s facility in Tuscaloosa, prior to the NFL draft coming to Las Vegas.

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Colorado announced hire of Dolphins assistant Dorrel Sunday

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Former UCLA coach and recently promoted Dolphins assistant Karl Dorrell is headed back to college, as the new head coach of the Colorado Buffaloes.

The school confirmed Dorrell’s hire on Sunday evening with a five-year contract to take over their Big 12 program:

The Buffaloes have been seeking a head coach since there coach Mel Tucker abruptly left to take the Michigan State job earlier this month.

Dorrell came to the dolphins with Brian Flores this past season, as wide receiver coach and earlier last week was promoted to assistant head coach for the upcoming season. Miami’s top receiver, DeVante Parker, blossomed under Dorrell’s tutelage as the year went on. He finished the season with 72 catches for 1,202 yards and nine touchdowns becoming the favorite target of QB Ryan Fitzpatrick.

Dorrel is the latest Dolphins assistant on the move. Flores fired the offensive coordinator Chad O’Shea he brought with him from New England. And, his defensive coordinator Patrick Graham left to take the same job with the Giants.

Dorrell had also been the Dolphins receivers coach, previously from 2008 – 10 and then, their quarterbacks coach in 2011 under the late Tony Sparano.

Colorado’s athletic director Rick George said in a statement Sunday night,

“I am excited that Karl Dorrell has agreed to become our head football coach,” George said. “Karl has had great success as a college coach, both as a head coach and an assistant, and he knows the Pac-12 Conference and West Coast well. It was important that our next coach have CU ties, and Karl has those ties having worked at CU twice previously. Karl shares my passion for Colorado and our vision for winning championships. He will be a tremendous mentor and role model for our student-athletes, and he will provide great leadership for our program going forward.” 

The CU Board of Regents still have to approve Dorrell’s contract, which will be $18 million for five seasons.

Dorrell had previously been on Colorado staffs two other times in his career, including most recently as offensive coordinator under Rick Neuheisel from 1995- 98.

Dorrell was named head coach of his alma mater UCLA in 2003, where he lasted five seasons and went to a bowl game every year finishing with a career 35 – 27 record before being fired after the 2007 season.

Dorrell had previously been receivers coach for the New York Jets 2015 – 18 under Todd Bowles (above) and two of his receivers had made the Pro Bowl during his time there.

Colorado picked Dorrell from an interview process that also included former Buffaloes player and Kansas City Super Bowl offensive coordinator Eric Bienemy, who interviewed and was under strong consideration.

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