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Jay Cut­ler fi­nally makes his big-buzz, reg­u­lar-sea­son de­but as a Mi­ami Dol­phin on Sun­day, in the Charg­ers’ nobuzz re­turn to Los Angeles.

Far more people in North Amer­ica care about how Cut­ler fares in his first start at quar­ter­back for the Dol­phins — after three years in Den­ver, eight years in Chicago and three months in re­tire­ment — than An­ge­lenos give one squint about the move north of the Charg­ers from San Diego.

So this story is about Cut­ler’s re­lo­ca­tion, not the Charg­ers.’ And more than that, it’s about Cut­ler’s much-dis­cussed re­union with Dol­phins head coach Adam Gase.

The 34-year-old Cut­ler is the Dol­phins’ emer­gency, one-year re­place­ment for in­jured sixth-year starter Ryan Tan­nehill, gone for the sea­son with an ACL tear suf­fered in early Au­gust.

It was two years ago that Gase jumped from Den­ver to Chicago to con­tinue serv­ing as of­fen­sive co-or­di­na­tor for head coach John Fox, after the Bron­cos fired him and the Bears hired him.

Cut­ler had in­fa­mously failed to mesh with a string of pre­de­ces­sor play-call­ers in Chicago, but he got along fa­mously with Gase — even if Cut­ler’s stats that sea­son don’t quite bear out the breath­less­ness.

What ex­actly makes the duo such a sup­posed good match? Off the field, both men still talk about their deep, gen­uine, mu­tual re­spect for one an­other, as forged in Chicago.

But what is it on the field that po­ten­tially sets up this coach and this QB for suc­cess in Mi­ami in 2017?


Mi­ami Dol­phins quar­ter­back Jay Cut­ler will make his reg­u­lar-sea­son de­but with the team to­day against the Charg­ers.

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