Love-hate relationship between Jay Cutler, Ndamukong Suh resumes with Dolphins

A Cutler-Suh scrap from 2011. (Getty Images)

DAVIE—Once the Dolphins reached a deal to bring in new quarterback Jay Cutler, Ndamukong Suh quickly asked coach Adam Gase for his cell phone number so he could reach out.

Wouldn’t you love to read those texts?

“That’s personal,” Suh said.

Cutler and Suh have an interesting past from their years as NFC North rivals from 2009 through ’14, when Cutler was with the Bears and Suh played defensive tackle for the Lions.

They faced each other 11 times. Suh had eight sacks in those games (including the first sack of his NFL career, he was quick to point out) and Cutler had 17 touchdown passes, but that doesn’t even begin to cover their history.

Suh got hit with a $15,000 fine for leveling Cutler with what was basically a forearm to the back of a head on a scramble in 2010. Two years later he chased Cutler down from behind, jumped up and wrapped his leg around him, then grabbed him by the shoulder and slammed him to the ground.

Those are standard beatings from Suh, and there have been plenty of comments about his vicious approach to the game. But he appreciated that Cutler for kept his mouth shut and took it like a man.

“Without question,” Suh said. “I definitely have the ultimate respect for him. I don’t like any quarterbacks, but he was one guy that I definitely had a respect for because he took hits and never cried, never complained and just got up and went and played the next play.”

Suh even ran past Cutler and gave him a friendly pat during 11-on-11 work in this morning’s practice.

“I’m happy he’s on my team,” Cutler said. “To have a guy like that on your side is always good.”

Despite some rough altercations, they’ve always seemed to think highly of each other. When Suh left the Lions for Miami in 2015, Cutler gave him a backhanded compliment by saying, “I don’t think anyone is going to miss playing that guy.” The year before, when Cutler was struggling, Suh stood up for him by calling him “an elite quarterback.”

“Honestly, he’s one of those quarterbacks that makes you earn sacks,” Suh said today. “He would get to the sideline, throw the ball out – you’d have to chase him and make sure you get there and make sure it’s a real sack because he wasn’t going to give you any gimmes by any means.”

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