Coach Adam Gase cautioned Saturday against getting too far ahead of things when it comes to the Miami Dolphins’ quarterback situation.
It appeared things were trending toward the Dolphins signing retired quarterback Jay Cutler after starter Ryan Tannehill re-injured his left knee during Thursday’s practice. A source told the Sun Sentinel that the Dolphins have offered Cutler a contract and he’s weighing his options.
“We’ve had a lot of people call us,” Gase said after the Dolphins’ intrasquad scrimmage at Hard Rock Stadium. “We’ve talked to a few people. We’re keeping all options on the table. A lot of things that are out really isn’t what’s going on. It’s funny to watch.”
Gase, who was Cutler’s offensive coordinator in Chicago in 2015, deferred when asked how quickly Cutler could learn the Dolphins’ offense.
“When I get there, I will be able to tell you, but I don’t think it’s close to anything,” Gase said. “Like I said, I’ve had one conversation with [Cutler]. That’s where we’re at.”
Thursday, Tannehill injured the same knee that sustained anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligament sprains in December and caused him to miss the final three regular-season games last year as well as the wild-card playoff game.
Moore focused on himself, not who Dolphins may add to compete for starting job
Miami Dolphins quarterback Matt Moore said his many years as a backup have prepared him to step in for the injured Ryan Tannehill as Miami’s starter.
Tannehill had an MRI and it showed no structural damage, but Gase has said the Dolphins are awaiting additional medical opinions. Tannehill and the Dolphins elected not to have surgery after he was originally injured last season against Arizona, opting instead for rehabilitation and stem cell treatment.
If Tannehill has surgery this time around it’s believed he’d have a recovery time of between eight and 12 months, which would put him out for the 2017 season.
Quarterback Matt Moore, who Gase said on Friday is the Dolphins starter, “right now,” is trying to stay focused on what’s immediately ahead. He said he’s not paying attention to who the Dolphins might find as his possible competition for the starting job.
“That’s how it’s been,” said Moore, who has pretty much been a career backup. “This league is built that way, my career has shaped up that way. But honestly, like I said, I’m focusing on what I can do, how I can get better, and not worrying really about anything else.”
Gase says ‘nothing is off the table’ regarding Tannehill’s injured knee; Cutler would be interested in starting job
Moore had a decent showing Saturday. He was 5-of-6 passing for 66 yards, one interception (a pick-six) and one touchdown.
Moore’s interception came on the first play of the scrimmage. Cornerback Xavien Howard jumped the route on a pass intended for wide receiver DeVante Parker and returned it 41 yards for a touchdown.
“I think he stole our signal, so that’s what I’m going with,” Gase said with a smile. “It was a nice job. He jumped it and good catch and good finish.”
The Dolphins didn’t have a “live” scrimmage, meaning they didn’t tackle to the ground, and that was partly because they were missing so much personnel.
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Based on the projected starting offense from just one week ago, the Dolphins lineup Saturday was missing Tannehill (knee), running back Jay Ajayi (concussion), wide receiver Kenny Stills (hamstring) and four offensive linemen — center Mike Pouncey (hip), left tackle Laremy Tunsil (personal reason), right tackle Ja’Wuan James (unknown), and left guard Ted Larsen (biceps).
The scrimmage was fairly non-descript.
It was tough to make any determinations on offensive and defensive lines because it wasn’t a “live” scrimmage, and for that reason it was also tough to make determinations about the run defense, pass rush or pass protection.
On top of all that, Pro Bowl defensive end Cameron Wake only played one snap and Pro Bowl defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh didn’t play much, either.
But little of that would have mattered anyway.
Quarterbacks the Miami Dolphins could add if Ryan Tannehill has to miss time
If Ryan Tannehill is sidelined for an extended period, the Dolphins could add one of these veteran quarterbacks to replace him on the roster. (Chris Perkins)
The main story for fans, and probably the Dolphins organization, rests with the quarterback position.
ESPN reported Saturday afternoon that Cutler, who was released by Chicago on March 9, after the team agreed to terms with quarterback Mike Glennon on a three-year, $45 million contract, is leaning toward staying retired. He retired in May and accepted a job with FOX to join its broadcast team.
In his retirement letter Cutler said, “I don’t know if retirement is the right word; I don’t feel that anyone ever really retires from the NFL. You are either forced to leave, or you lose the desire to do what’s required to keep going. I’m in between those situations at this point in my life.
“I recently read a quote that struck a cord with me at the time. It was attributed to Henry Rollins (but with the internet these day, you can never be too sure who really said it). ‘I did that, I gave everything I had to give to that. Now, if I returned to that it would be repetition — it might be fun repetition, but it wouldn’t be meaningful repetition.’ Thank you to everyone along the way. You made my dream come true.”
Cutler, who spent his first three seasons (2006-08) in Denver, spent the past eight seasons in Chicago, leading the Bears to one playoff berth during that time.
Cutler has a 68-71 record as a starter, going 51-51 with Chicago.
Thumb and shoulder injuries limited Cutler to just five games last season. The thumb injury caused him to miss five games and he had surgery in December to repair a torn labrum in his right (throwing) shoulder.
For his career, Cutler has 208 touchdowns, 146 interceptions, and an 85.7 passer rating.
Gase said he’s keeping all options open regarding the quarterback position.
“I know I need somebody either way,” he said. “I’d like to know exactly [what’s going on] with Ryan first. So that helps me make a decision with what direction to go.”
Staff writer Omar Kelly contributed to this report.