DAVIE — Jay Cutler wasn’t exaggerating or bluffing.
As it relates to developing needed chemistry with his receivers, Cutler simply told the truth.
He does not know how long it will take or how it will happen with each Miami Dolphins receiver.
“It could be three weeks, it could be three days,” Cutler said Sunday. “I don’t know. Kind of when it clicks, it clicks. It’s like whenever you meet somebody new, right off the bat there is a spark or sometimes it might take a little longer, or it just doesn’t happen. But with these guys it’s going to happen. These guys are good football players. They’re fun to be around. It’s an enjoyable process.”
On the bright side, Cutler didn’t throw two interceptions (as he had the day before).
On the not-so-bright side, it appears this is going to take a minute, as coach Adam Gase would say.
“We’re still one day at a time with him,” Gase said. “I mean every play we come back and kind of re-assesses things. You know, after the series. And you kind of talk things out. To where mentally he can come back and say, ‘I saw that nice and clean. I felt this in the pocket.’ There’s a lot of dialogue there. I mean it just takes time when you haven’t done it in a while. Every day he’s getting a little bit better.”
Cutler said he did feel things slow down a bit on Sunday. He felt more comfortable.
Gase said Cutler was calmer on Sunday, which will be key when the season starts.
It seems likely Cutler would see action on Thursday, though he said he’ll leave that up to Gase.
“Just like any other experience, the longer you do it, the easier it is,” Cutler said. “It feels like I’ve been here for two weeks and I don’t think I’ve been here a week yet. I don’t know if it’s going fast or slow but it’s going.”
Gase said Cutler knows the offense already, it’s more about “processing speed.”
“I mean he’s a quick study,” Gase said. “It’s just really knowing what it is and seeing it in your head on paper and then all of the sudden you’ve got four guys rushing at you or they bring some kind of exotic blitz and the processing speed of all that. And then still trying to figure out the receivers’ body language or run courses and play-action fakes. There’s a lot of little things that go on just besides saying, ‘Hey I’m going to execute this like it’s on paper.'”
Cutler concedes he was overwhelmed the first few days in South Florida.
The key is for him to be completely in control by the time Miami kicks off against Tampa Bay on Sept. 10.
“Consistency is the key,” Gase said. “Players want the same guy every day. When you know what you’re going to get day in and day out it just helps the rest of those guys around him to where they know what they’re getting. They know, hey if we’re in the right spots, we’re going to get the ball. And if we have any kind of broken play, he can still make plays. Just that consistency in and out is the key to everything.”
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