Dolphins Defense, NOT Cutler’s Offense, Rise to the Occasion in 16-10 Win over Titans



The best quarterback on either side Sunday was Marcos Mariota, and he spent the entire game on the sideline. The Dolphins (2-2) totaled 178 yards. They’ve scored three offensive touchdowns this season, and much of its fault is Jay Cutler’s.

In the last two games before Sunday appearance, Miami was 2 for 20 in 3rd down. That didn’t change starting the game as Jay Cutler and his offense were two yards shy of the first down. That’s how the game started for the Miami Dolphins.

Miami’s defense has played well thus far, the problem has been the offense. If you watched the game, you got a proof as every time Jay Cutler walked to the sideline unable to move the defense, fans booed him and chatted “we want Moore.”

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Another problem with Miami this year has been poor control of the time to get to the line with clock winding down, so they have repeatedly been forced to burn time-outs in almost every game.

Adam Gase seemed upset at moments during the first quarter. The quarterback protection has been a point of discussion for these Dolphins, and it seemed obvious today, the coach needs to have someone he can trust in coordinating better defensive strategies as he focuses in the offense.

Both offenses were held under 190 yards as the Dolphins beat the Tennessee Titans, 16-10. But Cutler’s passer rating was even lower than Cassel’s — and almost as bad as teammate MarQueis Gray, whose one pass was an incompletion from the wildcat.

Cutler went 12 for 26 for 92 yards, but at least four of his passes were dropped, and coach Adam Gase said his QB wasn’t the problem. He declined to turn to backup Matt Moore, but perhaps because of the repeated crowd chants of “We want Moore,” he said “I’ll make the decision about the quarterback. We’re not going to take public polls.”

The Dolphins’ defense was led by safety Reshad Jones, who scored a disputed touchdown on a 38-yard fumble return. That was Miami’s only touchdown in the first 49 minutes.

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With Mariota sidelined by a left hamstring injury suffered a week ago, Cassel made his 81st career start — but only his second in the past two years. He went 21 for 32 for 141 yards and was sacked six times. The Titans (2-3) went 2 for 13 on third down.

Had the Dolphins play today versus New England, Atlanta or any other team, this game would have been a blowout. And precisely, Atlanta will be Miami’s host next Sunday.

Jay Cutler hasn’t given any proof of improvement as the leader the Miami Dolphins were looking for. At the end of the day, this quarterback situation needs to be addressed, and there’s a backup QB standing on the sidelines who knows the Dolphins’s offense, and more important, players also know him well.

Just in case coach Adam Gase needs some help to make a decision, here’s a poll Florida Daily Post ran during the second quarter of the game:

Not Jay Cutler’s offense, but Dolphins defense rise to the occasion in 16-10 win over Titans. The Dolphins totaled 178 yards. Fans chanted “We want Moore”

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