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Will Jay Cutler finally step up down the stretch?

Ari Russell

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(USA Today - Bob Donnan)

In what has been quite the bizarre season for the Miami Dolphins, they somehow find themselves with a punchers chance to make the playoffs. The wild ride continues on Sunday in Orchard Park, NY against the Buffalo Bills. Nothing like a mid December showdown in upstate New York. The biggest question mark for the Dolphins is whether QB Jay Cutler will finally step up down the stretch.

Sporting what seems to possibly be a football version of the playoff beard, Jay Cutler will be taking on the Bills twice and the Chiefs to close out the season. All of these games critical for all teams involved if they want to make the playoffs. For Miami, they pretty much are going to have to win out thus relying on Cutler to lead the charge.

I have been a staunch critic of Jay Cutler since he came out of retirement after Ryan Tannehill’s season ending injury in the pre season. In fact I have been a critic of Cutler for pretty much his entire career. I’ve never been impressed with him in key spots. He does have a history of choking.

Yes I know it sounds harsh, and yes I know it’s easy for me to sit in the comforts of my home and point out deficiencies of a player despite never playing a single down of the sport in high school, college or the pros. But the tape doesn’t lie.

Cutler has put up some impressive stats in his career passing for over 34,000 yards. He has 228 TD passes. However the one stat that stands out is 157 INTs. This season he’s 18 TDs to 11 INTs which isn’t really that all that impressive. But it isn’t just the INT numbers that jump out. It’s the timeliness of those INTs in his career. Often times in key spots Cutler will keep his team in the game, only to throw a misguided pass costing his team the game.

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.

Born in the Nation’s Capital, Washington D.C., Ari Russell watched the rise of the 1980’s Miami Hurricanes and knew that he had to be part of the “U” someday. After graduating from Coral Gables, Ari rose through the ranks of the former XM Satellite Radio and then Sirius/XM as college football executive producer. He later spent 2 seasons as the publisher of the website “Beyond U Sports” focusing on major college football/basketball. Ari brings a great perspective on everything Miami, including the Dolphins to F.F.I.

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