At the end of last season, Jay Cutler decided that it was time to retire from the NFL.


Now, not many truly believed that this plan would last as he did it in response to the Chicago Bears releasing him after one of his worst seasons in his career.


Cutler retired and went in to be hired as a Fox Sports analyst, following the tracks that Tony Romo left when he did the same things a couple months earlier.


For Cutler, this move was clearly a temporary back up plan as he has just signed a 1 year/ $10 Million deal with the Miami Dolphins, a move that has sent shockwaves around the NFL.


When Ryan Tannehill went down last week during the team’s first full padded practice of training camp with a knee injury, they were left with Matt Moore as their new starting quarterback. Clearly, the Dolphins didn’t sit well with this fact in mind and decided that someone who has just retired was a better option for a team who has just made the playoffs last season.


On the surface, it’s tough to truly understand why the move was made and why Cutler was the go- to get. He’s coming off a year where he only played five games, throwing for 1,059 yards, 4 touchdowns and 5 interceptions. These numbers sparked the Bears to release him in order to move their franchise forward and for him to release himself from football, also trying to move forward in his own life.


For the Dolphins to then come around and court the services of this same man says one of two things: One, it shows the Dolphins complete lack of trust in Matt Moore, who has been a more than serviceable backup in this league for years. Two, it shows how drained the market is perceived to be for quarterbacks. (I say, perceived to be because it’s been widely reported that Colin Kaepernick is still a free agent.)


To try to understand the move, you have to understand the dynamic between the parts that are involved.


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Adam Gase is the Head Coach of the Dolphins. This same Adam Gase was the offensive coordinator for the Jay Cutler- led Bears in 2015, one of best statistically in his career. With Gase experiencing success with Cutler in the past, the thinking was that this same success can be created now. You’re looking at a team with weapons all around it and the infrastructure to make the playoffs once again this season. A strong running game is complemented with weapons in the passing game like Jarvis Landry, Kenny Stills and Julius Thomas as well as a great defense behind all of it.


Cutler’s experience and past success could possibly manifest itself into more wins for a team that is ready to do it. However, if they will do it now rests on the shoulders of someone who was ready to walk away from the game and has shown from time to time that his level of love for the game can be in question.


In reality, this decision was not only based on a past glimpse of success, but it also was made in order to avoid the firestorm that is Kaepernick. Kaepernick would clearly be the better pick over Cutler on the field, but off the field it’s clear that Cutler was the safer pick.


For a team that is playoff ready, maybe the safer pick is the better one… or maybe not. Everything depends on if this magic from 2015 can somehow reincarnate itself into 2017 and we can actually see Cutler throw the football efficiently and let his playmakers do what they do best instead of turning it over and getting sacked.


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