Welcome to the first edition of the weekly NFL roundup, Between The Numbers. I will recap the biggest stories and give my spin on them.
Fans are ripping the Dolphins for a smart signing, more training camp injuries and football is underway.
The Dolphins Sign Jay Cutler, And It Was The Smart Decision
I know what a lot of fans think of Jay Cutler: does not care, mistake-prone, soft. Those may be true, but what fans are failing to realize is that Cutler’s best year came in 2015, when current Dolphins head coach, Adam Gase, was his offensive coordinator.
In 2015, Cutler started 15 games, threw for 3,659 yards with 21 touchdowns, 11 interceptions, along with a 64.4 completion percentage and a 92.3 passer rating. If the Dolphins can get Cutler to perform near those levels, Dolphin fans would be thrilled.
Cutler steps into a situation with a decent offensive line, and a lot of skilled players around him. Jarvis Landry, Kenny Stills, DeVante Parker and Jay Ajayi form a good bunch that Cutler can trust and produce with.
Not only that, but the contract is cheap, and only a one-year deal. $10 million, along with some incentives, and I say this is a good deal.
If Cutler does not work out, put in Matt Moore, who will not wow anyone, but will not make the mistakes that have plagued Cutler’s career.
The AFC East belongs to the Patriots, but the possibility of a second straight playoff appearance is still well alive in the wide-open AFC, and the signing of Cutler can be the one that helps the Dolphins in the absence of Ryan Tannehill.
Kirk Cousins Will Leave Washington After This Season
Per Dan Graziano of ESPN, Washington Redskins quarterback, Kirk Cousins, said he ‘didn’t feel at peace with signing a long-term contract’. Although he was talking about the general structure of NFL contracts, in contrast to fully guaranteed NBA and MLB contracts, I can’t help but think of how the Redskins have mismanaged the contract negotiations.
Many people have been on the fence on whether Kirk Cousins is a franchise quarterback or not, but I am firmly in the camp that believes he can lead a team to a Super Bowl.
Finding a franchise quarterback in this league is the hardest thing a general manager needs to do. Just ask the Los Angeles Rams, Jacksonville Jaguars or the Chicago Bears.
Winning without a franchise quarterback is nearly impossible. If you don’t believe, just look at the recent quarterbacks who have won Super Bowls.
If Cousins leaves Washington, which I’m certain will happen, it will send the franchise on the hunt for the unicorn that is the franchise quarterback. And although, this upcoming draft seems to have some good prospects at the quarterback position, they don’t always pan out.
The Detroit Lions Need To Sign Stafford To An Extension, ASAP
Detroit Lions general manager, Bob Quinn, spoke Saturday about their franchise quarterback, Matthew Stafford, and whether they are getting close on an extension that would keep the former number one overall pick in the Motor City.
Here is his response, thanks to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press: “Matt has taken this situation with his contract in stride. It doesn’t bother him; it doesn’t me. I’m confident we’ll get something done. There’s a long way to go on that, but it’s good on both sides.”
I’ve been a fan of Stafford’s for a while now, and the last six years have been impressive from him. He’s 29 years old, right smack in the middle of his prime, and Quinn has quietly built a sound program in Detroit.
If Stafford somehow got away from them (highly doubt it), it would be a massive setback.
So in the words of the hall of famer, Deion Sanders, “Pay that man!”
Training Camp Injuries Are Taking Over, Again
Ryan Tannehill. Will Fuller. Sterling Shepard. Forrest Lamp. Mike Williams. There are more but I don’t want to bore you.
Injuries before the preseason even starts are hard for teams to endure. That’s the nature of the sport, but you can’t help but think there have to be ways to at least reduce the amount of injuries are being sustained in training camp.