The Miami Dolphins officially signed quarterback Jay Cutler on Monday and don’t expect it to take long for the 11-year veteran to get re-acclimated to head coach Adam Gase’s offense.
“(He) didn’t come out of retirement to stand on the sidelines,” Gase said Monday, via Miami’s team website.
While the Dolphins have not made an official decision regarding Ryan Tannehill’s knee injury, Cutler knows a chance like this doesn’t come around often.
The former Chicago Bears and Denver Broncos quarterback posted just two winning seasons and made the postseason once during his 11-year NFL career, and now joins a franchise that just snapped a seven-year playoff drought.
“A situation like this doesn’t come along very often,” Cutler said. “There weren’t a lot of opportunities or jobs out there, if they would have came up I would have taken, but this has got to be at the top of the list.”
Cutler posted a career-best passer rating (92.3) in his sole season (2015) under Gase in Chicago and is surely hoping to end his career on a high note in Miami.
“He’s really good,” Cutler said of Gase. “He’s really good at his job. He takes care of quarterbacks. Everywhere he’s been around quarterbacks, they’ve been successful.”
The Dolphins 39-year-old head coach has quickly become one of the top offensive minds in the game, and helped Peyton Manning set NFL single-season passing records during his two-year stint as offensive coordinator with the Broncos in 2013 and 2014.