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Adam Gase says criticism of Jay Cutler ‘drives me nuts’

The Miami Dolphins were left scrambling when Ryan Tannehill was lost for the season to injury during training camp. The team elected to take a flier on Jay Cutler, who had retired during the offseason and was transitioning into a career in broadcasting.

Dolphins head coach Adam Gase was familiar with Cutler due to previous working relationships, so the presumption was the 34-year-old quarterback could step in and run Gase’s offense with minimal preparation.

Things started off well enough with Cutler demonstrating competence and his patented strong arm during the preseason. The Dolphins, after having their Week 1 game postponed due to Hurricane Irma, beat the Los Angeles Chargers 19-17 in Cutler’s first regular-season start.

But the wheels have since come off the Dolphins offense. The Dolphins were nearly shut out by the New York Jets in Week 3, only scoring on their final play in a 20-6 setback.

Last Sunday, the Dolphins were shut out, losing to the New Orleans Saints by a score of 20-0, on a day where Cutler’s legendary surliness was on full display on one play.

And now, Gase is fielding questions about whether or not Cutler is the man to lead the offense. And the criticism frequently levied at Cutler “drives me nuts,” says Gase.

“I know where the ball is supposed to go,” Gase said Monday, via the Miami Herald. “I know who is supposed to do what on every play. If we protect him and give him a second to throw the ball, we’ll be all right. If he is going to get hit from start to finish, I don’t care who you put back there. We need to do a better job of protecting him and being where we’re supposed to be.

“There are somethings footwork wise he is going to better at. He knows where to go with the ball. We’re going to keep working on protecting the football when things break down in the pocket. We can’t just let him take hit after hit after hit after hit and expect him to stand in there. It’s not going to happen.”