The Dolphins lured the gunslinger out of retirement after Ryan Tannehill suffered a knee injury during a training camp practice last week.
Speaking to reporters Monday, Dolphins head coach Adam Gase said it’s Cutler’s team ahead of the 2017 season.
“He didn’t come out of retirement to stand on the sideline,” he said, according to Tom Pelissero of NFL Network.
Such news may be disappointing to Matt Moore, Tannehill’s backup, who wasn’t afforded an opportunity to win the starting job. Gase said he addressed the team, however, and explained the circumstances.
“I was very upfront about everything,” he said. “We have one goal, and that’s to win.”
Gase has had to manage a multitude of emotions in the aftermath of Tannehill’s injury. While offering his support, he explained to the now-sidelined quarterback that the team can ill afford to take a step back after posting a 10-6 season and reaching the playoffs last year. That necessitated the move to sign Cutler, a veteran of 11 seasons who played under Gase in 2015.
Cutler joins Miami with 32,467 career passing yards, 208 touchdowns, and 146 interceptions. Moore, a career backup, has 6,077 passing yards to his name and 41 touchdown passes against 31 interceptions.
Gase said no decision has been made on whether Tannehill will undergo surgery on his knee, according to Pelissero.
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