Jay Cutler signing with Dolphins is good for Gang Green


The Miami Dolphins shocked the football world when they signed quarterback Jay Cutler to fill in for the injured Ryan Tannehill. This is great news for the New York Jets.

Quarterback Ryan Tannehill has a torn ACL, and the Miami Dolphins signed Jay Cutler to a one year/$10 million contract, and it’s actually good for the New York Jets. Remember, the Jets now have a formidable secondary to go along with a front seven that can get the quarterback. That’s a dangerous combination. When you couple that with a quarterback who’s willing to take chances and is not careful with the football, you have a recipe for good things.

Most people looked at the regular season schedule and thought it’d be a tough one for the Jets. Now, both games against Miami look winnable. The Dolphins looked like they could challenge for a playoff spot in the AFC, but now they could be battling to stay out of the AFC East basement.

When you look at Cutler’s career, it’s filled with ups and downs. The most glaring thing about him is his propensity to turn the football over. From 2007-15, Cutler had double-digit turnovers every season. He has 184 turnovers (146 interceptions and 38 fumbles lost) in his career. Also, he has had 20+ turnovers in a season four times, and double-digit interceptions eight times.

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In the last five seasons, Cutler has 60 interceptions and 20 fumbles lost. The Dolphins could’ve signed Colin Kaepernick, who doesn’t turn the football over but is less accurate.

In the same timeframe, the last five seasons, Kaepernick has half the interceptions and five fewer fumbles. Frankly, the Jets defense would’ve had a tougher time with Kaepernick. He’s a dual threat quarterback who doesn’t turn it over.

If the Jets can get pressure on Cutler, they can make it easy on their revamped secondary. With a ball hawk in the middle like Jamal Adams, and corners like Marcus Williams, who has shown the ability to be able to get interceptions, and Morris Claiborne, who will stick to his man like glue, this secondary will have a field day against Cutler.

Many people are praising the move by the Dolphins. For instance, Akash Anavarathan of FanSided wrote:

After a potential season-ending injury to Miami Dolphins’ QB Ryan  Tannehill, many thought the season would be lost. But here comes QB Jay  Cutler, out of the press box, to potentially save the Dolphins’ season.

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From a Jets perspective, it’s a good confidence booster to have a quarterback like Cutler in the AFC East. The turnovers only help the defense, and the offense gets it two-fold. First, they get more time in actual game time to work together. Second, turnovers generally lead to shorter fields and can lead to scoring opportunities. For a young team, that’s a good thing.

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