Jay Cutler allows Adam Gase to increase Dolphins’ offensive tempo

Miami Dolphins quarterback Jay Cutler leads quarterbacks on to field at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)

MIAMI GARDENS — Miami Dolphins quarterback Jay Cutler is still learning the names of all his plays and learning the names of all his teammates.

But it was Cutler’s preference to go with a fast offensive tempo in his first game with the Dolphins.

“I thought he was good his first time out,” coach Adam Gase said. “He looks like we really weren’t apart for a year. I thought his tempo was really good. I think we have to get used to that a little bit, the rest of the guys, because he’s ready to go a little sooner than everybody else. That’s going to take a minute. It’s going to take game experience. It was probably good for him to get hit and to have to move in pocket. He did a good job there and he made some good throws.”

Cutler was 3-for-6 for 24 yards with no touchdowns and no interceptions on two drives.

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Gase may have let him go longer. But he was under pressure and without three projected offensive line starters.

“I just told the starters to be ready to go a half,” Gase said. “I went off of that and once you got enough pocket movement and we kept getting in those third-and-longs, we had that screen where he got hit pretty good and I was like, ‘Well, he’s experienced everything so…’ I didn’t want to overdo it and plus I wanted to get Matt (Moore) in there with that first group.”

Gase is looking forward to two joint practices in Philadelphia next week as another step in the learning process.

“It will come naturally for us,” Gase said. “I’ve got a pretty good feel of how to call plays for him. He’s really honest with me as far as what he’s feeling and how he’s seeing things. I feel really good with where we’re at right now. This next week will be really good for us because going against another team and playing that third preseason game. We’ll just keep trying to improve and get in that game flow. I liked what I saw tonight. I’m ready to get this going next week.”

Dolphins left tackle Laremy Tunsil said he likes the idea of an uptempo offense.

“He was going fast,” Tunsil said of Cutler. “It was Ole Miss style. So I’m kind of used to it. I have to get back in the groove. (Cutler’s) one of those NFL-type quarterbacks that take control in the huddle. Guys respect him.”

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