coach said he doesn’t expect newly acquired quarterback Jay Cutler to play in Thursday’s preseason opener against Atlanta at Hard Rock Stadium. But Gase basically confirmed that Cutler would eventually be the starting quarterback.
“He didn’t come out of retirement to stand on the sideline,” Gase said after Monday’s practice.
Gase, Cutler’s offensive coordinator in 2015 with Chicago, said he’s reasonably sure he’ll see the same Cutler he saw in 2015. Gase after losing starter to another left knee injury.
“After watching [Cutler] last year I saw basically the same stuff,” Gase said. “Then he got injured [thumb and shoulder] and decided to move on, they decided to move on from him, and then he stepped away for a minute.
“I feel good where he was at the last couple of years. And feel good about how he kind of fits in with us.”
Tannehill attended Monday’s practice, at least the late part of the practice, and watched while wearing a thigh-to-ankle knee brace. Gase said the team hasn’t yet decided whether Tannehill would have surgery to repair his injured left knee, the same knee that caused him to miss the final three regular season games last year as well as the playoff game at Pittsburgh.
“It’s been a tough few days for him,” Gase said.
Gase said it’s been tough on him and Tannehill.
“We were talking about the other day just all these stages you go through, and we both keep saying we’re going out of order,” he said. “You go from denial to angry and then all of a sudden we’re depressed, and then we go back to denial. It’s tough.
“You work really hard to get to this point, and to get it taken away like that I think was very frustrating for him. We put this thing together all spring thinking this is kind of the crew we were going to roll with, and one cut, and all of a sudden all that’s gone.”
Gase said he has talked to quarterback Matt Moore, who started when Tannehill went down last season and was the apparent starter until Cutler entered the picture.
“He wants to play, that’s why you play this game,” Gase said. “I know that. … But I was very upfront with him, kept him in the loop on everything. He knew exactly. I told him I said you just keep doing your thing. He understands.”
Gase said the entire team understands the situation as it relates to Moore, who is popular in the locker room, not being the starting quarterback.
“We’ve kind of prided ourselves on not really bringing in too many brand new faces, we’re kind of keeping that locker room pretty tight,” he said. “Our guys kind of understood the situation we’re in, and understood the thought process behind everything, and I’ve been very open with them, with what we were talking about doing.
“So we’ve been communicating with our guys a lot, especially our veteran leaders, and all those guys understood exactly where I was coming from.”
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