MIAMI (AP) — Ryan Tannehill was heading out the door when someone noted the predicted high temperature of 83 for Sunday's game between the Miami Dolphins and New England Patriots.
"Not quite hot enough," Tannehill responded with a smile.
Turn up the heat. That's what the Dolphins tend to do when the Patriots play in Miami.
While New England has dominated Miami — and everyone else — in the AFC East over the past decade, the reverse has been true lately when the teams meet in South Florida.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Kyle Shurmur has been chasing down a handful of Vanderbilt passing records held by Jay Cutler all season long.
Now the senior quarterback is poised to do something Cutler never managed. Shoot, no quarterback alive has done what Shurmur can do on Saturday: Beat in-state rival Tennessee three straight times.
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The Chicago Bears are staring down at the rest of the NFC North for the first time in five years.
The view from the top is quite a change for a franchise stuck at the bottom the past few seasons.
The Bears meet the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday in a matchup between unlikely division leaders, with Chicago in sole possession of first place for the first time since Marc Trestman was the coach and Jay Cutler the quarterback.
MIAMI DOLPHINS (6-10)
New faces: S Minkah Fitzpatrick, G Josh Sitton, DE Robert Quinn, WR Danny Amendola, WR Albert Wilson, C Daniel Kilgore, TE Mike Gesicki, RB Frank Gore, RB Kalen Ballage, QB Brock Osweiler, DT Kendall Langford.
Key losses: DT Ndamukong Suh, WR Jarvis Landry, C Mike Pouncey, G Jermon Bushrod, K Cody Parkey, QB Jay Cutler, QB Matt Moore, TE Julius Thomas, LB Lawrence Timmons.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Just how good a season Vanderbilt has will depend heavily on Kyle Shurmur, and coach Derek Mason believes the senior quarterback already has made the Commodores better before the first game of his final season.
"He's made this thing go," Mason said Tuesday. "It's been fun to watch him compete, and as he's competed, everybody else has competed and he's made everybody else good."
MIAMI DOLPHINS (6-10)
UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: SS Michael Thomas, Walt Aikens and S Nate Allen; QBs Matt Moore and Jay Cutler; LBs Lamin Barrow and Koa Misi; G Jermon Bushrod; LS John Denney; TE Anthony Fasano; DEs Terrence Fede and William Hayes; K Cody Parkey; CB Alterraun Verner; RB Damien Williams; OT Sam Young.
RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: QB David Fales; LB Neville Hewitt; G Anthony Steen.
DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — Even though Jay Cutler says he made a good decision to come out of retirement, he may call it quits again soon.
The 34-year-old Cutler will start in the finale to the Miami Dolphins' disappointing season Sunday against Buffalo, and he said Wednesday he hasn't decided whether he wants to play a 13th NFL season in 2018.
DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — Five-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh has never won a playoff game.
Ditto five-time Pro Bowl defensive end Cameron Wake. And 39-year-old long snapper John Denney, who has been with the Miami Dolphins since 2005.
They're probably not going to win a playoff game this season, either.
Or even play in one.
Miami (6-8) heads into the final two weeks of the regular season with a 3 percent chance to make the postseason, according to fivethirtyeight.com.
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Jay Cutler couldn't escape questions over the Miami Dolphins inconsistencies on offense all season long.
The quarterback was busy confronting them again following a 24-16 loss to the Buffalo Bills on Sunday that dropped the Dolphins to 6-8 and all but mathematically ended their already slim playoff hopes.
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — With his personal chase for 10,000 career yards rushing out of the way, LeSean McCoy can turn his focus on reaching an even better destination: the playoffs.
McCoy scored twice and became the 30th player to hit 10,000, while keeping the Buffalo Bills firmly in the AFC playoff picture following a 24-16 win over the Miami Dolphins on Sunday.
DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — Twice sidelined this season by injuries, Miami Dolphins quarterback Jay Cutler is back in the lineup for a team that has lost five consecutive games and allowed seven sacks last week.
"I'm excited," the impassive Cutler said Wednesday, managing a small smile at the question. "You always feel bad when you get hurt and you can't help your team."
DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — Miami Dolphins quarterback Jay Cutler was ruled out of Sunday's game at New England because of a concussion, and backup Matt Moore will make his second start of the season.
Cutler practiced Friday, but remains in the concussion protocol. He threw three interceptions in Sunday's loss to Tampa Bay before he left at halftime because of his injury.
DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — Miami Dolphins quarterback Jay Cutler remains in the concussion protocol and is not practicing Wednesday, but he hasn't yet been ruled out of Sunday's game at New England.
Coach Adam Gase says he's taking the quarterback situation day to day. Matt Moore would make his second start of the season if Cutler doesn't play.
Gase declined to say whether he would consider starting Cutler even if the veteran misses the entire week of practice.
DENVER (AP) — Switching quarterbacks midseason is fraught with danger, especially for a team with a pulse, as the Denver Broncos discovered in 2006 when Mike Shanahan benched Jake Plummer after a 7-2 start, only to see rookie Jay Cutler go 2-5 and miss the playoffs.
Jay Cutler is all too familiar with concussions.
He's had at least three over the past seven years after suffering one on Sunday in Miami's 30-20 loss to Tampa Bay.
"I want to get to tomorrow first and see how he's feeling," Dolphins coach Adam Gase said.
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Jay Cutler said concussions are something he knows have to be taken seriously, and that he knows they can get trickier to deal with over time.
He said those words in 2010.
He's had multiple concussions since, and now is dealing with another.
The Miami Dolphins have plenty of problems, and the status of their starting quarterback is now among the foremost entries on that list.
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — Playing against the Oakland Raiders defense has made some run-of-the-mill quarterbacks look like Tom Brady this season.
Now a defense on pace for one of the worst seasons in NFL history when it comes to pass defense gets to face Brady himself when the Raiders (4-5) take on the New England Patriots (7-2) on Sunday in Mexico City.
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Miami Dolphins quarterback Jay Cutler is active and set to start in their Sunday night game against Oakland after missing one game because of cracked ribs.
Guard Ted Larsen is inactive despite practicing during the week for the first time since a biceps injury sidelined him in August.
Also inactive for the Dolphins are quarterback David Fales, linebacker Stephone Anthony, guard Isaac Asiata, receiver Rashawn Scott and defensive tackle Vincent Taylor.
DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — Jay Ajayi is gone and Jay Cutler is back, giving the Miami Dolphins' worst-in-the-league offense a different look than last week.
Coach Adam Gase believes the unit also had a different attitude when the team returned to the practice field Wednesday.
"There's a great sense of urgency right now," he said.
NEW YORK (AP) — Jets linebacker Darron Lee was fined $36,464 by the NFL on Friday for a roughing the passer penalty and another $9,115 for a facemask call in New York's loss at Miami last Sunday.
Lee, in his second season, has been fined four times this year for a total of $72,925. His late hit in Week 1 at Buffalo cost him $9,115, while an unnecessary roughness penalty against the Dolphins in Week 3 resulted in him being docked $18,231.
DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — Coach Adam Gase says the Miami Dolphins flunked their latest test because of lousy study habits.
Jay Cutler will start at quarterback next week, but other jobs on offense are up for grabs because some of the best players haven't learned the playbook, an angry Gase said Friday.
BALTIMORE (AP) — As a reward for going three days between games, the Miami Dolphins and Baltimore Ravens now get an extended break before returning to action.
Boy, can they use it.
The Dolphins (4-3) have to find a way to get their offense moving, and they have to decide whether to use Jay Cutler or Matt Moore at quarterback.
The Ravens (4-4) can only hope quarterback Joe Flacco uses the time off to recover from the concussion he received in a 40-0 win over Miami on Thursday night.
BALTIMORE (AP) — The Baltimore Ravens have placed wide receivers Mike Wallace, Michael Campanaro and Chris Matthews on the inactive list for their game against the Miami Dolphins.
Wallace has not recovered from the concussion he received Sunday in Minnesota. Campanaro has a shoulder injury and Matthews has a thigh issue.
Baltimore's other inactives for Thursday night: running back Terrance West, linebacker Tim Williams, tight end Maxx Williams and defensive end Bronson Kaufusi.
BALTIMORE (AP) — The Miami Dolphins hope a quarterback change won't blunt the momentum they've gathered from a three-game winning streak.
Matt Moore makes his first start of the season Thursday night against the Baltimore Ravens, who have quarterback issues of a different kind.
On a short week, having a backup quarterback start usually means trouble.
Not so for the Miami Dolphins, who saw Matt Moore come on for the injured Jay Cutler — to cheers at Hard Rock Stadium — and rally the troops past the Jets.
Right now, the Ravens aren't as good as the Jets, either, which isn't saying much.
DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — Miami Dolphins left guard Anthony Steen has been ruled out of Thursday night's game against the Baltimore Ravens because of a foot injury.
Quarterback Jay Cutler was officially ruled out Wednesday with cracked ribs. Left tackle Laremy Tunsil is questionable because of a knee injury.
Receiver DeVante Parker is questionable because of an ankle injury, but returned to practice this week and might play for the first time since Week 5.
DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — Cornerback Byron Maxwell has been released by the Miami Dolphins, who signed David Fales to reinforce depth at quarterback.
With Jay Cutler nursing cracked ribs, Fales is expected to back up Matt Moore in Thursday's game at Baltimore.
Fales was with the Dolphins in training camp and cut before the season. He was drafted by the Chicago Bears in 2014, but has never thrown a pass in an NFL game.
DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — Matt Moore will start by default this week for the Miami Dolphins, leaving their simmering quarterback controversy on hold.
Jay Cutler suffered multiple cracked ribs in Miami's latest win and is unlikely to be available Thursday at Baltimore, coach Adam Gase said Monday.
Moore came off the bench in the second half Sunday to replace Cutler and lead a 31-28 comeback victory against the New York Jets.
DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — Miami Dolphins receiver Jarvis Landry lashed out Thursday at fans who lobbied for quarterback Jay Cutler to be benched, saying they're an embarrassment to players.
Cutler drew jeers while struggling through much of the Dolphins' 2017 home debut Sunday, before his fourth-quarter touchdown pass to Landry helped beat the Tennessee Titans 16-10. The crowd chanted repeatedly for backup quarterback Matt Moore.
DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — The Miami Dolphins have combined excellent defense with execrable offense, producing overall mediocrity: a 2-2 record.
Their .500 mark is actually pretty impressive considering the Dolphins have scored 41 points all season.
"If we show up on offense, you're looking at a really good team," quarterback Jay Cutler said. "We haven't helped the defense out in three weeks."
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Adam Gase stubbornly stuck with Jay Cutler until his quarterback finally silenced the boobirds.
Cutler drew jeers while struggling through much of the Miami Dolphins' 2017 home debut, but his fourth-quarter touchdown pass helped them overcome another dismal offensive showing Sunday to beat the Tennessee Titans 16-10.
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DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — Jay Cutler wore the beginning of a beard Wednesday, perhaps because there's no time to shave when you're trying to figure out how to score a few points.
The whiskers framed a rueful smile when someone suggested to Cutler that the Miami offense has struggled this year.
NEW YORK (AP) — New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. has been fined $12,154 by the NFL for his dog-like touchdown celebration last Sunday.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Jay Cutler could have ended up in the other huddle on Sunday.
The Miami Dolphins quarterback was still weighing his playing options during the offseason after being released by the Chicago Bears in March. That's when the New York Jets came calling, and Cutler listened.
"We were just feeling each other out," Cutler recalled. "It wasn't aggressive. It wasn't super vague. It was just feeling each other out and it just didn't work out."
CARSON, Calif. (AP) — The Miami Dolphins felt they had won one for hurricane-ravaged South Florida in their belated season opener.
Cody Parkey hit his fourth field goal from 54 yards with 1:05 to play, and the Dolphins rallied in the fourth quarter to spoil the Los Angeles Chargers' home opener with a 19-17 victory Sunday.
DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — Miami Dolphins coach and play caller Adam Gase concedes it can be impossible to ignore second-guessing fans, especially the one to whom he's married.
Gase says his wife, Jennifer, sometimes questions his decisions, such as a particular third-and-1 pass he ordered as offensive coordinator of the Denver Broncos.
CARSON, Calif. (AP) — Coach Anthony Lynn recognizes the Chargers are facing many unknowns this weekend in their official return to the Los Angeles market after 56 seasons away.
Those concerns are nothing compared to the excitement of a new start.
MIAMI (AP) — There's confusion in the Miami Dolphins' backfield.
For Jay Ajayi, playing with Jay Cutler has required an adjustment.
"It has been interesting," Ajayi said. "A lot of 'Jays' are being called around here, and we're both looking, trying to decide who's talking to who."
The Dolphins spent training camp sorting out that and more. Injuries and other issues forced the team into tryout mode in the offensive line, at linebacker and at cornerback.
CHICAGO BEARS (3-13)
New faces: QB Mike Glennon, QB Mitchell Trubisky, QB Mark Sanchez, WR Markus Wheaton, TE Dion Sims, CB Prince Amukamara, CB Marcus Cooper, S Quintin Demps.
Key losses: QB Jay Cutler, WR Alshon Jeffery, WR Eddie Royal, CB Tracy Porter.
MIAMI DOLPHINS (10-7)
New faces: QB Jay Cutler, TE Julius Thomas, LB Lawrence Timmons, TE Anthony Fasano, first-round pick DE Charles Harris, DE William Hayes, S Nate Allen, S T.J. McDonald.
Key losses: Defensive coordinator Vance Joseph, LT Branden Albert, TE Dion Sims, S Isa Abdul-Quddus, TE Jordan Cameron, DE Mario Williams, DT Earl Mitchell.
MIAMI GARDENS, Florida (AP) — Jay Cutler's night started by getting an ovation from Miami Dolphins fans just for taking the field, and ended with him giving a shout-out to Mark Bowen.
That's the surgeon who fixed his right shoulder after his season with the Chicago Bears ended last December.
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Jay Cutler's night started by getting an ovation from Miami Dolphins fans just for taking the field, and ended with him giving a shout-out to Mark Bowen.
That's the surgeon who fixed his right shoulder after his season with the Chicago Bears ended last December.
DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — Miami Dolphins coach Adam Gase says he's confident quarterback Ryan Tannehill will be ready for the 2018 season, but 2017 is out.
The Dolphins placed Tannehill on injured reserve Saturday because of his left knee injury, sidelining him for the entire season. Tannehill and the Dolphins decided surgery will be the best option for his torn anterior cruciate ligament.
DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — Jay Cutler woke up in his hotel room Tuesday morning and didn't know where he was. Then the fog cleared, and he realized it was time to go back to work.
The Miami Dolphins' new quarterback practiced for the first time since December, marking the start of his comeback from a brief retirement. Rust removal included 11-on-11 drills and one-on-one conversations as he learns the names of teammates.
DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — New Miami Dolphins quarterback Jay Cutler won't play in the team's exhibition opener Thursday, but look for him to be starting soon enough.
"He didn't come out of retirement to stand on the sideline," coach Adam Gase said.
Jay Cutler has a job playing quarterback.
Colin Kaepernick doesn't.
Gotta hand it to the bigwigs who run the NFL: When they blackball a guy for taking a courageous stand against social injustice by doing nothing more than kneeling, they go all in.