Dolphins’ Cutler could miss 2-3 weeks, Matt Moore will start


The Miami Dolphins got banged up yet again on Sunday when they lost Jay Cutler to what appears to be broken ribs. The injury opens the door for Matt Moore.

Fans chanted “We want Moore” at game earlier this month against Tennessee. Head coach Adam Gase never wavered on his commitment to Cutler. Similar chants have echoed from the stadium over the years when Ryan Tannehill struggled as well.

Now it appears that those fans will get their wish. Cutler could miss 2-3 weeks if the injury proves to be broken ribs. Cutler was playing better in the first half of Sunday’s game but the offense was still somewhat stagnant. Of course some of those issues could be due to the play calling of Adam Gase.

With Cutler sidelined and a short week, Matt Moore looks to be in line to start on Thursday against the Baltimore Ravens. Moore led the Dolphins to a 14 point comeback win over the Jets on Sunday all in the fourth quarter. After a miscommunication with tight-end Anthony Fasano that led to an interception, Moore settled down and threw two touchdown passes to tie the game. A Bobby McCain interception gave Miami the ball on the Jets 20 yard line where Cody Parkey kicked the game winning field goal.

While the Dolphins were playing a much more uptempo offense given the score and the time remaining in the game, the offense appeared to run more smoothly than with Cutler. Cutler tends to not move in the pocket too much and sometimes that creates quick throws that don’t allow receivers enough time to get into routes. Moore on the other hand was given rolled protection that allowed him more time to set and throw.

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Miami’s offense did look better with Moore in the game and towards the end even Jay Ajayi was finding more room to run that he had all game long. Does this mean that Matt Moore should start the rest of the year? No, not necessarily. That being said, if the Dolphins offense starts producing points and continues to win, Adam Gase may find it hard to justify putting Cutler back in.

The 31 points scored on Sunday by the Dolphins is the most they have scored all season long.