The faster Jay Cutler ran Miami Dolphins’ offense, the better the results

Dolphins coach Adam Gase talks things over with QB Jay Cutler. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)

MIAMI GARDENS — This isn’t to make excuses, because in the NFL, nobody has much use for them. Besides, there can be no excusing a performance that nets seven points and 120 total yards.

But a close examination of Jay Cutler’s first two offensive series with the Dolphins confirms what we saw in rapid-fire live action against the Ravens.

“We were moving there for a second, which was, I think, a great sign,” offensive tackle Sam Young said.

[RELATED: Read Joe Schad’s take on Cutler’s debut with the Dolphins]

Adam Gase and Cutler leaned on their year together in Chicago in boldly coming out in a no-huddle, unafraid to lay their cards on the table in a preseason game. Cutler took an average of 23.8 seconds between plays, excluding three stoppages for penalties. It’s as if Cutler were fighting a shot clock.

Very likely, the Dolphins will take note that in the two instances in which Cutler got plays off within 18 1/2 seconds, both plays succeeded. One was an 11-yard completion to Jay Ajayi. The other was a 31-yarder to DeVante Parker, although that was wiped out by the first of two consecutive holding calls against Young.

“He looks like we really weren’t apart for a year,” Gase said of Cutler. “I thought his tempo was really good.”

Young: “He’s had some experience in this offense, so I’m sure that helps.”

Since the beginning of time, the Ravens have been a bad matchup for the Dolphins. Thursday night, the issues were exacerbated by Miami starting an offensive line of (left to right) Laremy Tunsil, Jesse Davis, Jake Brendel, Jermon Bushrod and Young, followed by frequent subbing. That develops versatility. It doesn’t develop chemistry.

“I think you carry seven guys into a game most times, so you have to be adaptable,” Young said. “You have to have a guy who can be ready on the three inside positions as well as a guy who can play tackle.”

Young played both tackle positions in the two preseason games. Against the Ravens, his penalties nullified the 31-yarder plus a 19-yard run by Ajayi.

“I don’t worry about Sam,” Gase said.

Young said he was unsure about the legitimacy of the second penalty but admitted his technique was faulty on the first.

The more lasting legacy of a fantastically forgettable 31-7 preseason defeat is that Cutler’s stat line (3-of-6, 24 yards) didn’t do justice to his performance.

“It’s becoming fluid,” Young said. “It’s becoming second nature, because obviously there’s going to be nuances to cadence and how he calls the plays. I think everyone’s becoming more and more comfortable with him.”

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