DAVIE — Miami Dolphins coach Adam Gase feels Jay Cutler can help the team win.
It’s as simple as that.
“He can make every throw you want,” Gase said Monday. “Good pocket skills. Fits in well with what we do. He has a really good grasp of our scheme.”
Gase said there is already a plan to get Cutler ready for the start of the season.
While Gase did not flatly say that Cutler is Miami’s starter. It’s clear he’s been brought in to start.
“He didn’t come out of retirement to stand on the sideline,” Gase said.
Cutler will not play in the preseason opener against Atlanta on Thursday.
“It’s going to be about repetitions,” Gase said. “I’m sure he wasn’t out in the backyard throwing 100 balls a day. We have a good plan. And we’ll see how it goes.”
Gase said he was very direct with backup Matt Moore about Cutler’s pending arrival.
“I was very upfront with everything,” Gase said. “They understand the reason why. What I was thinking. We have one goal in mind. We felt this gave us the opportunity to have two really good quarterbacks on our team. We wanted to makes sure if something happened we weren’t going to have a fall-off.”
Of course, Gase said Moore was disappointed.
“Matt wants to play,” Gase said. “That’s why you play this game. I know that.”
Gase was not ready to reveal that Tanehill is going to have season-ending knee surgery. But it also seems clear the team is headed in that direction.
“It’s been a tough few days for Ryan,” Gase said. “We were talking about the other day all these stages you go through. Denial to anger to depressed then back to denial. It’s tough. You work really hard to get to this point. You put this thing together all spring thinking this is the crew you’re going to roll with.”
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