The popular narrative that followed Jay Cutler for much of his playing career was that his personality, rather than his on-field ability, limited his success in the NFL.
That line of thinking resurfaced again when the 34-year-old was unable to find a new team after being released by the Chicago Bears, eventually opting for retirement and a transition to the broadcast booth.
But a certain NFL coach who’s worked directly with Cutler sees the situation much differently.
Miami Dolphins head coach and former Bears offensive coordinator Adam Gase defended his former quarterback while speaking with reporters Friday.
“I know a different guy than the one that’s portrayed,” Gase said, according to Jason Lieser of The Palm Beach Post. “… A lot of things said about him are bullshit.”
Gase didn’t go into detail, but blasting the public perception is almost certainly in response to the idea that Cutler wasn’t exactly the greatest leader and/or teammate.
Most interesting about the switch to broadcasting, coming at a time where he’s clearly still capable of playing in the NFL, is the possibility that Cutler returns in the event that a contending team loses its quarterback to injury.
Though he characterized the move as “permanent” in an appearance on ESPN 1000, Cutler also added that there’s “zero doubt” he’ll feel some regret.
Cutler, a first-round pick of the Denver Broncos in 2006, started 139 games across 11 seasons between his two teams. He walks away from the NFL with 32,467 passing yards, 208 touchdowns, and 146 interceptions on his resume.
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