Former Chicago Bears QB: Jay Cutler is a ‘good teammate’

Miami Dolphins quarterback David Fales knows Jay Cutler well. Fales dismisses criticism of Cutler and says he helped him develop. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)

DAVIE — David Fales was in Chicago Bears quarterback meetings with Jay Cutler for three seasons and now they’ll be teammates again in Miami.

Fales says Cutler is a good teammate.

“He’s really smart,” Fales said. “He’s super athletic. Instinctual. Been playing for a long time for a reason. He’s an athletic playmaker. So I’m excited for him. It’s a good situation he’s walking into with (coach Adam) Gase. And he’s a good teammate. So it’s going to be exciting.”

Fales said he tries to dismiss criticisms he hears about Cutler’s demeanor, personality and approach.

“I try not to listen to ESPN,” Fales said. “The guy I know is a good teammate. He’s the same guy every day. He’s really smart. And he’s a good friend, too.”

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Fales, 26, is trying to make the Dolphins as a third-stringer. He’s not sure how the injury to Ryan Tannehill and addition of Cutler impact him, if at all.

“I don’t really think about it,” Fales said. “I’m kind of in the same situation. I just need to play well in the preseason and everything else will work out, as long as I play well. So I don’t really think about predicting the future and if this happens or if this happens. As long as I play well it will work out.”

Fales said he’s exchanged a few text messages with Cutler and that he’s not surprised he’s passing on the start of a television career to play football again.

“It kind of had to be the perfect situation and this is the perfect situation,” Fales said. “So I figured he’d definitely hop onto it if it presented itself. Unfortunately for Ryan, it did. We’re excited for him.”

Fales insisted that Cutler helped him in Chicago.

“He helped me out a bunch my first year, just watching him,” Cutler said. “And even the questions I don’t ask, just being around a guy like that, just being around him I picked up little things. You see throws you’ve never seen before, coming into the NFL. So he’s been a big part of me developing my skills.”

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