One Bourbon. One scotch. One Beer. That’s not just a George Thorogood Song, that’s what was waiting for Jay Cutler on the bench after that Smoking First quarter.
And the guy who couldn’t get hired this offseason to throw the football, the guy who needed Ryan Tannehill to rip up his knee to get a chance to even sling it, in 15 minutes of work went 5 of 8 passing for 105 yards, a touchdown and 21 points with the Dolphins first team offense.
I’m all-about Cutty in Miami. All about a guy who I’m sure will have you feeling better about the South Beach experience at the beginning than at the end — just like he did in Denver and Chicago, but was a helluva lot better than rolling with Matt Moore.
But this isn’t about what might happen later in the season. This is about the chance to run an offense that seems basically custom built for him. With weapons that will be better utilized by a gunslinger not afraid to push the ball down the field than Tannehill, who always seemed to be playing to avoid the big mistake.
So give credit to Adam Gase for taking a shot on Cutty when no other team was willing to bet on a guy whose cardinal sins were crappy body language and one too many bad balls thrown into traffic.
And that’s what this is about for me. What the hell is going on in NFL front offices? Because if we’re supposed to believe everything they tell us about the NFL — that talent wins out. That in a league where on “any given Sunday,” the margin for error is so small that the best man has to play.
How come I’m looking at a league where Scott Tolzien and Ryan Mallett are going to be opening day starters. Where Blake Bortles and Chad Henne are fighting for a job. Where Christian Hackenberg, Josh McCown and Bryce Petty are in a competition to play quarterback for one of 32 teams in the NFL, not be the ringer you bring to your 7-on-7 flag football game.
And again — this doesn’t have to be about Colin Kaepernick. It has to be about the NFL. Why Colin Kaepernick doesn’t have a job is a more complicated question than why Jay Cutler couldn’t find work outside a broadcast booth. Because it’s clear after 2 preseason games — a guy who missed the majority of training camp was still good enough to walk in, take the pack of smokes out of his back pocket and come out firing. That means something is wrong with the decision-making process in a lot of front offices.
Teams will keep saying the same thing. We’ll bring in anybody who we think will make our team better. Sure they won’t. So Miami signing Cutty doesn’t make them heroes. It makes them smart. And that’s the same thing I’ll say about the team that eventually decides to sign Kap. It doesn’t make them heroes. It makes them smart.