Miami Dolphins’ Jay Cutler: Backup role not in my future plans

Miami Dolphins quarterback Jay Cutler looks to pass. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

DAVIE — Miami Dolphins quarterback Jay Cutler indicated Wednesday he is unlikely to continue his NFL career next season if he is not a starter.

“Yeah, I think so,” Cutler said. “I wouldn’t want to move again or go somewhere just to back up.”

Cutler came out of retirement and delayed his broadcasting career to help friend and Dolphins coach Adam Gase after Ryan Tannehill’s injury.

Was it a good decision?

“I think so,” Cutler said. “It was a great experience. It’s a really good locker room. Really good coaches. Great organization. Great owner. I had a really good time.”

If Cutler was to continue his career, it would be because it’s difficult to see a window close forever.

“I love playing football,” Cutler said. “You can only do it for so long. That everyone has a point at some point in their career, to where they can’t play any more. Whether it’s your decision, or somebody else’s decision, it happens. And you guys can write and type for a long time, we can only play football for so long.”

If Cutler were to decide to pack it in, the reasons are not surprising.

“I mean, being away from my family,” Cutler said. “If someone doesn’t want me to play any more. A lot of these decisions are out of players’ control.”

Cutler has lived out of a hotel room all season.

“It was cool at first,” Cutler said. “Maid service every day. That’s kind of nice. The movie. We get on demand movies. But they don’t change as often as you would like. It’s kind of a monthly thing. You have to wait a little while. It was fine. I wasn’t there that much. I did get the points. That will pay off somewhere down the line.”

Cutler had an interesting perspective on the ups and downs of an NFL season.

“Winning and losing in this league is an extreme high and low,” he said. “I think whenever you win, no matter how you really win, all is right with the world. You can cover up a lot of problems and things just seem right. And whenever you lose, it’s the opposite end of that spectrum.”

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