It’s official. The Miami Dolphins have signed Jay Cutler to a one-year, $10M deal. The move has been met with mockery, as not only fans, but also major sports publications have joked about the quarterbacks’ ability to lead the Dolphins to victory. I’m here to tell you that Jay Cutler will prove the haters wrong.
I get it.
Cutler hasn’t been the best quarterback during his 11-year career, but he’s been better than most give him credit for. He’s often criticized for his 146 career interceptions, but isn’t given his due for the 208 touchdowns he’s thrown either. His touchdown-to-interception ratio could be better, but it’s not like Cutler has been surrounded by playmakers throughout his career.
The Miami Dolphins update their logo to celebrate Jay Cutler pic.twitter.com/gWF4gLIc9g
— Dave Rappoccio (@DrawPlayDave) August 6, 2017
The Denver Broncos
What support did he have in Denver?
He never had a 1,000-yard rusher while he was a starter. In fact, in his final year with the Broncos, the leading rusher that season was Peyton Hillis, who rushed for 343 yards. Which means defences didn’t have to worry about Denver’s ground game during the three years Cutler was with the team and could focus more on pass coverage.
It was obvious they had to throw the ball, and it’s much harder to complete passes in the NFL when the defences know what’s coming. Talent there didn’t exactly surround him either. Granted he had Brandon Marshall, but outside of that, Cutler was surrounded by mediocrity.
After Marshall, his leading receivers were: Brandon Stokley, Tony Scheffler, and Eddie Royal. Let’s just be honest here. Stokley only ever caught more than 1,000 yards once in his 15-year career, and had his second best season statistically with 635 yards in 2007.
Tony Scheffler was a career blocker at tightend during his eight seasons in the NFL, and had his best statistical season in 2008 with a mere 645 yards. And Eddie Royal has never had 1,000 yards receiving throughout his nine-year career, and the only time he has ever come close was when he had 980 yards during his rookie season in 2008 also.
The Chicago Bears
In Chicago, Cutler finally had some support on the ground with Matt Forte, but little to no offensive weapons at receiver. His best deep threat was Greg Olsen, who is a phenomenal tightend. But an offence whose best receiver is their tightend, isn’t much of an offence at all. In fact, in 2011 he didn’t even have Olsen, and his leading receiver was Johnny Knox.
Who’s Johnny Knox? Exactly.
In 2013-14 the Bears actually had a pretty good team offensively with Matt Forte, Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffery, and Martellus Bennett. But defensively were an absolute shit-show. The Bears ranked 30th in the league, allowing 94 total touchdowns and couldn’t prevent a touchdown to save their lives.
It was not a good two-years to be a Bears fan. Especially considering they had gone 10-6 the season prior with much less offensively. The difference was the defence. It doesn’t matter how good you are as a quarterback, if your defence allows the other team to score more points than you, it’s impossible to win games.
In 2015 Cutler had one of his most efficient seasons as a quarterback. Surprise, surprise, it was under the tutelage of Adam Gase, now the Head Coach of the Miami Dolphins. But with an aging and less productive Matt Forte, along with a mediocre defence the team went 6-10. Then in 2016 Cutler was injured, and had, had enough of football.
BREAKING: Jay Cutler nabs one-year deal worth over $10 million from Miami Dolphins pic.twitter.com/EITHMATTEU
— Billy Corben (@BillyCorben) August 6, 2017
Now Cutler finds himself in Miami, and people are quick to mock him. My message to the haters, pump the brakes. Cutler isn’t a Top 10 quarterback, but he is a damn good one. He may have taken a year off, but the arm is always the last to go. He’s going to surprise some people.
Let’s start up front. Led by Mike Pouncey the Dolphins have a very talented and tough, young offensive line. So Cutler is going to have a lot of time to sit in the pocket. When you add the rushing threat of Jay Ajayi, who rushed for almost 1,300 yards last season in just 12 games, he’ll also be looking at some soft pass coverages.
He’s also has one of the most talented receiving cores in all of football. Jarvis Landry had almost 1,200 yards last season, while DeVante Parker and Kenny Stills both had over 700 yards receiving. Don’t forget about Julius Thomas, who had almost 1,300 yards and 24 touchdowns in two seasons with the Broncos. Offensively this team will have some firepower.
Dolphins fans looking at the signing of Jay Cutler.. 😂 pic.twitter.com/XEVQhDqPfP
— Casey Jones (@___caseyjones) August 6, 2017
So if you’re thinking the signing of Jay Cutler is a joke. I assure you it is anything but. Jay Cutler and the Miami Dolphins are going to surprise some people. If the defence can hold up their end, the Dolphins could be the surprise team of the season.