With Ryan Tannehill very likely out for the season, the Miami Dolphins acted quickly to make sure they were competitive in 2017. Some of the names on the list of candidates were of horror movie stuff. Kyle Orton? Tim Tebow? I’m not going to hide my preference, we all know I favored Kaepernick, based only on a pure talent standpoint, and IMO, his potential in Adam Gase’s offense. I do however, completely understand, and endorse the choice of Jay Cutler. Gase and Cutler have a synergy. They can sound off to each other, listen to each other, take criticism from one another, and do it in a manner where both still like and respect one another. That, in and of itself is worth a lot.
As it has been well documented and discussed over and over, Jay Cutler had his best season with Adam Gase, and there’s reason to believe with the talent we have in our offense here in Miami, that Cutler could easily surpass the numbers he put up in Chicago in 2015. Jarvis Landry, Devante Parker, Kenny Stills, Jay Ajayi, Julius Thomas, Leonte Carroo, Kenyan Drake, Cutler has plenty of nice weapons to exceed what he did in 2015.
I guess the big question is, does Jay Cutler start? I think that’s the plan, unless there are any setbacks for Jay Cutler. I like Matt Moore, and he’s definitely a capable QB. On the other hand, he’s a BACKUP QB, not a starter. He’s excellent at spending time on the sidelines, and then answering the call to come in and get the job done. Could Jay Cutler do that if he spent weeks on the sidelines, and Moore was injured, and be expected to step in and get the job done immediately? I’m not so sure about that. It takes a certain mindset to work that way, much like a relief pitcher in baseball. Good relievers are worth their weight in gold in MLB, and good backup QB’s are much the same. Moore has shown, and possibly even preferred to be the backup. He had opportunities to go elsewhere to compete for a starting job, but there was a certain comfort staying here in Miami as the backup. No shame in that, he’s one of the best backup QB’s in the NFL, whereas as a starter, he would be towards the bottom of the pack.
So what of Ryan Tannehill? I think it’s clear as day that whether Ryan Tannehill gets the surgery now, or 6-8 weeks from now, he’s having surgery and is not really in consideration as our QB for this season. In other words, he’s done for the season, it’s just a matter of when he has the surgery. It’s a shame, because many of us felt this was the year Ryan would reach great heights, and realize his potential, but now it’s all on hold for 2018. None of this is official of course, just official in MY mind. Get the surgery, come back fully healthy with a stable knee, and kick ass in 2018. Don’t linger too long wasting time, get it done, and make it happen next season. Unfortunately for Ryan Tannehill, his first OUT in his contract comes up in 2018, meaning if the Dolphins terminate his contract, of the $17.5M of his contract, only $4.6M is dead money. If you’re rooting for Ryan (Like I am), also know that number drops even further down in 2019 to a $2.3M dead cap hit, meaning if the Dolphins want to give Tannehill 1 more year to figure out if he could reach a higher level of playing, they can do that. A great year by Jay Cutler could certainly complicate that picture, but I’ll take the complications!