DAVIE — It turns out there are parts of the Miami Dolphins offensive scheme that suit Jay Cutler better than the offensive scheme he and Adam Gase ran in Chicago.
But there is something about Gase that hasn’t changed, and Cutler likes it.
“He has got an aggressive nature at heart,” Cutler said of Gase on Wednesday. “He wants to score points. Three (points) at halftime (against the Chargers), he knew that wasn’t going to win the game. We were going to have to do some stuff offensively, push the ball downfield to win this one. He’s not dumb. He’s the head coach here for a reason. He has been successful for a reason.”
Cutler said that after a long layoff and a postponed season opener, he knew Gase wanted to rely on running back Jay Ajayi and short passes to Jarvis Landry in the first half at Los Angeles.
But in the second half, Cutler also knew Gase would want to open things up.
“We kind of wanted to get things going a little bit,” Cutler said. “With the last 10 days, things being crazy, I think easing things in there, trying to get the ball to different guys and trying to keep it third-and-manageable. I think that was the biggest thing – not getting into third-and-longs, not getting into situations where we were fighting the sticks.”
Gase said that Miami is less drop-back than Chicago was and utilizes more play-action passing. The Dolphins’ offense also utilizes a different variations zone-blocking run scheme.
“When you start putting that stuff in there and you start getting eight-man boxes and some one-on-ones outside, it can really open up the field,” Cutler said.