Miami Dolphins’ Jay Cutler: Adam Gase has my back

New Orleans Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan tries to block a pass from Miami Dolphins quarterback Jay Cutler at Wembley Stadium in London. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)

DAVIE — When Adam Gase said he wasn’t considering benching his starting quarterback, Jay Cutler wasn’t surprised.

“That’s one of the reasons I came here,” Cutler said Wednesday. “I knew that the quarterback position, he holds that relationship in high regard. You know he’s always going to have your back and he’s always going to do things game plan-wise and calling plays to help out the quarterback and the offensive line as much as possible. That’s never going to be a doubt or concern of mine.”

Cutler knows he and the entire Miami offense must be better.

At the moment, Miami’s defense is carrying the team.

“I mean I told (my teammates), we can’t do any worse by the defense,” Cutler said. “We can’t put them in any more holes than we’ve put them in. I think we had six plays through the third quarter and nine plays after that. We weren’t helping them out at all, and they played well against a couple of really good quarterbacks. They went out there and they’ve played really good ball, so we’ve got to find a way to help them out.”

Cutler said throwing flat-footed last Sunday was a result of both trusting his arm and not trusting the pocket.

“A little bit of both,” Cutler said. “I think we’ve got to do some things upfront. I can help them out in the certain ways that I move. Like I said, it takes all 11 of us out there and that’s those five guys up front, me getting the ball out faster, me moving in certain situations. When it comes together, hopefully soon, we’ll clean up some things.”

Though Gase downplayed it earlier in the day, Cutler continued to concede that further chemistry needs to be developed.

“I mean you’re always battling against chemistry and knowing what your receivers are going to do,” Cutler said. “Being on the same page, that’s always a constant battle. That’s always a communication, a conversation you have with those guys; but if we don’t execute, we’re not even going to get to the chemistry part of it. We’ve got to execute, myself included. All 11 of us, we’ve got to figure it out.”

Cutler also agreed with the notion that he sees things outsiders wouldn’t understand, particularly about offensive scheme, strategy and results.

“I’ve been doing this for 12 years and the coaches in here have been doing it for … I mean some of the coaches have been doing it for double that,” he said. “You guys don’t know what plays we’re running. You guys don’t know what (our) scheme is, what our protection is, what we’re trying to get done play in and play out. So on the outside it looks like all the walls are falling and we’re really bad and there’s no hope and no prayer for us; but in the building, we’re close. We’re right there. If we clean up a few things here, third down, we can be a competitive football team offensively.”

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