Too early to panic, but … Miami Dolphins’ offense suffers 4-interception day

Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill (17) talks with Jay Cutler during warmups before pre-season game against Atlanta Falcons at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida on August 10, 2017. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)

DAVIE — The Dolphins’ first practice since it was confirmed that Ryan Tannehill will undergo season-ending knee surgery didn’t go well.

Jay Cutler and Matt Moore, the team’s top two quarterbacks, each threw two interceptions in a blistering-hot practice Saturday morning.

That’s in addition to a generally sluggish offensive performance that gave fans only a few notable plays to cheer.

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Perhaps most notable was the first interception. Cutler, looking deep for DeVante Parker in the end zone, was intercepted by Byron Maxwell for what would have been a pick-six.

The play no doubt will draw the attention of coach Adam Gase, whose first order of business when he arrived in Chicago as offensive coordinator was to get Cutler to stop taking wild pot shots downfield when nothing appeared to be developing. That gunslinger mentality triggered 26 interceptions in Cutler’s first season with the Bears, in 2009.

At least in their season together in Chicago, Gase was able to get Cutler to reduce his interception total from 18 to 11 by being more selective.

And it’s worth reminding that Cutler has been a Dolphin for only six days. He’s still getting accustomed to the team to the point that Gase has not decided if Cutler will play in Thursday’s second preseason game, at home vs. Baltimore. Cutler sat out the opener vs. Atlanta.

Unfortunately for the Dolphins, that wasn’t the end of QB errors. Cutler’s second interception was by Reshad Jones. There also was a fumbled handoff from Cutler to Kenyan Drake.

Moore was intercepted by Alterraun Verner and Maurice Smith.

When Cutler found a wide-open Jarvis Landry for a gain of about 15, it drew the loudest cheers at that point of the morning despite being a relatively routine play.

The highlight came when Cutler threw a well-placed, 30-yarder to Parker, who made a nice adjustment against Xavien Howard for a touchdown catch.

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