Few if any plays in a football team’s playbook call for the quarterback to stand motionless with his hands on his hips as the ball is snapped — unless you’re the Miami Dolphins, last in the NFL in offense.
You might have seen it Sunday when the Dolphins ran the wildcat formation against the Saints in a game played in London. Cutler lined up at wide receiver, but that’s all he did. Cutler stood like a statue, playing 10 on 11, as the Dolphins snapped the ball to a back. Like most of the Dolphins’ offensive attempts this season, the play went nowhere.
Cutler was roundly criticized on social media for adding another clip to his “don’t care” highlight reel.
During a mid-week news conference, the mercurial ex-Bear says he was simply doing his job.
“That’s what they told me to do,” Cutler said. “Sit there, don’t get hit, don’t touch anybody, don’t move. I feel like I executed that one.”
Dolphins coach Adam Gase backed Cutler: “Yes. As soon as he steps forward, they can knock the … I won’t say it, but they can hit him. If he steps back or doesn’t move, now you’re looking at different kinds of penalties. Until you go through it, where a quarterback steps off the ball and starts working downfield and you watch one of them get blasted.”
The Dolphins went on to lose 20-0 to the Saints, falling to 1-2. The Dolphins are last in the NFL in points scored per game (8.3) and yards per game (249).