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.