Miami Dolphins’ Jay Cutler on concussion, Denver and ‘happy feet’

Miami Dolphins quarterback Jay Cutler looks to pass against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in a November game at Hard Rock Stadium. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

DAVIE — Jay Cutler isn’t really in the mood to talk about his concussion, his days in Denver, or the perception that he’s been tentative in the pocket.

But Cutler has been cleared to face his former team on Sunday, and dangerous Von Miller will line up across from him, so asked about it he was.

On Wednesday, a reporter, citing Cutler’s recent injuries and Miami’s porous offensive line, asked if the quarterback feels “gun shy” or has “happy feet” now.

“I don’t think so,” Cutler said. “Sounds like a loaded question.”

Cutler was asked how he is feeling and said, “I feel good. Thank you.” But he said he did not want to “rehash” the play on which he was injured.

Oh, as for Denver, where Cutler began his career in 2006, Cutler told local reporters he didn’t really want to talk about it, but acquiesced a bit in a conference call with Colorado media.

“I had a great time,” Cutler recalled. “I still have great friends that came out of the experience. Mike Shanahan, being able to play with him the first three years of my career, I couldn’t have asked for a better head coach. I think I was very lucky to be able to spend my first three years there.”

Cutler was asked how his game has changed and how he’s changed as a man.

“Oh, we’re getting pretty in depth here,” Cutler said. “Well, I’ve got three kids now, so you’re going from a single bachelor playing football to a lot more responsibilities, which makes life fun. My game, I’m a little bit older. I can’t move quite as well as I could when I was 23, so you’ve got to start refining things in the pocket.”

Cutler was a Pro Bowler in Denver in 2008, posting 25 touchdowns and 18 interceptions. He lost his only previous start against the Broncos, 17-15, in 2015, passing for 265 yards with 0 touchdowns and 1 interception as a Bear.

With the Dolphins, Cutler has a 4-5 record and a passer rating of 82.7, which isn’t terribly off from his career record of 72-76 and passer rating of 85.5.

“I think he’ll be alright,” Dolphins coach Adam Gase said Wednesday. “We just need to have a good week of practice and clean up some stuff, get the timing down, get the ball out on time, get open quick. We have a tough d-line we’re going against. Well coached. Relentless. Probably one of the best pass rushers in football (Von Miller), so we’ve got to make sure it’s got to be 11 guys doing their job to make sure we get the ball out on time.”

Cutler as asked if he would have left retirement for anyone other than coach Adam Gase, who Cutler also played for in Chicago.

“I don’t know,” Cutler said.

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