I was away on Thursday night and could not watch the Dolphins-Eagles game live. Instead, I read all about it over the next few days. I read all about how sharp Jay Cutler looked, especially on some long passes to DeVante Parker.
Then I watched the game, and I scratched my head. What were the other Dolphin writers talking about?
On the very first series, I saw Jay Cutler fumble away a promising drive by failing to protect the ball whatsoever. On another series (the one where he allegedly made a great pass to Parker), I saw him underthrow the ball, which caused Parker to have to slow down for it. I then saw the DB mis-time his jump. Pure luck for the Dolphins. I saw nothing good from Cutler on that play, and yet Omar and Armando and the other false-optimists made it seem like Cutler threw a perfect laser.
Then there was the long pass to Kenny Stills down the post. Cutler underthrew that pass by 5 yards, and only a lucky pass interference penalty kept that drive alive.
On the following drive, Cutler was about to be sacked and threw the ball away. It initially looked like a fumble, and it could have been called as such. There is no need to take a risk like that to avoid a 2-yard sack. It was a stupid play by Cutler, and yet he was being praised by announcers and reporters.
Despite all of that, Cutler was clearly the best QB for the Dolphins, as Matt Moore and Brandon Doughty proved why they are backups, throwing some of the worst passes you’ll ever see a professional throw.
Still, Moore played better than almost anyone on the defensive side of the ball. Note to Reshad Jones: Sometimes the cornerbacks get beat. Your job as safety is to be their backup. Cover the open man if the CB makes a mistake. Don’t whine about it. Yes, Maxwell blew his assignment, but Jones was soooooo slow to even notice it or try to help out.
This was a very troubling game with more negatives than positives.