The former Bears quarterback played a total of two series for Miami and went 3 for 6 for 24 yards.
Cutler joined the team on a one-year, $10 million deal after expected Dolphins starter Ryan Tannehill suffered a torn ACL. The former Bears quarterback retired this offseason and took a position at Fox as an analyst for the network’s football coverage, but ultimately passed on that gig when Gase offered him the quarterback job in Miami.
Whatever happens between now and the end of the season has absolutely nothing to do with whether QB Kirk Cousins remains in Washington. The Redskins have had plenty of time to know what they have in Cousins, and Cousins has had plenty of time to figure out what he thinks about the team. It comes down to financial considerations now. The negotiating history between both parties and the numbers involved for Cousins to be franchise-tagged again make it difficult to believe that he will be a Redskin next season.
Tua Tagovailoa is the rightful talk of Alabama’s fifth national title during the Nick Saban era. Just don’t forget about the all-time performance put on by defensive tackle Da’Ron Payne. The former top recruit set up camp in Georgia’s backfield for the duration of the game.
He was a force against the run, which is always the case, and more important for his draft stock, he got after quarterback Jake Fromm often.
Although Payne is a true junior with room to grow, he undoubtedly made the most of the intense playoff spotlight. The first round now seems likely for Payne, not a best-case scenario.
Jaguars-Broncos did not attract a ton of notice because that Divisional Round postseason classic was played on a Saturday. The football world’s eyes were on the NFL’s other newly minted franchise, the Carolina Panthers. The Panthers were taking on the Cowboys the next day, trying to prevent Dallas from winning an unprecedented fourth Super Bowl in five years.