No regrets: Dolphins QB Jay Cutler happy despite rough start

Jay Cutler’s taken a beating this year. (AP)

DAVIE—Jay Cutler insists he’s having fun. It sure doesn’t look like it, but he keeps saying so.

He’s been taking a lot of hits, and his numbers through four games are pretty rough: 62.6 completion percentage (17th in the NFL), 176.5 yards per game (29th), three touchdowns, three interceptions and a 74.8 passer rating (30th).

Despite that, he’s still happy he came out of retirement to play for the Dolphins.

“I am, I am having fun,” he said after practice today. “It’s a really good locker room, a good coaching staff, great organization. They do anything under the sun to make you a successful football player.

“There’s a lot of bright sides of being here, and at the end of the day we’re 2-2. We’re still in a good position and we’ve got to feel good about that. We’ve just got to be more consistent. We’ve just got to go back to work, do everything the right way on and off the field, and if we keep doing that, it’s going to come together.”

The offense has been so poor (37 points in four games and a league-low average of 231.3 yards), that it’s easy to forget the Dolphins are .500. One problem for them, though, is that the first quarter of the season represented a relatively light set of opponents on this year’s schedule. The two opponents they beat are a combined 3-7.

Miami’s road gets much tougher starting this Sunday at Atlanta. Cutler sees that and senses some urgency for the offense to get things straightened out.

“Offensively, if we can’t get it together, it could go the other way pretty quickly,” he said. “But there’s a lot of football left. There’s a whole three quarters for us to go out there and figure things out and play better ball.”

As far as continuing to absorb this physical toll at 34, Cutler said his body is holding up well. That’s a good sign for the Dolphins after he spent most of the offseason doing little more than playing pickup basketball at Vanderbilt.

“I think not doing OTAs and not doing a lot of that other stuff, my body is still pretty fresh,” he said. “I think once you get above 30, those days, even though they’re kind of low impact, start adding up. Your body is so twisted up. So I feel good.”

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