The Miami Dolphins have been eliminated from the 2017 NFL playoff race and with that in mind, could take a turn toward the future on Sunday against the Buffalo Bills. Dolphins coach Adam Gase has been preparing backup quarterback David Fales to play significant snaps on Sunday, replacing Jay Cutler.
“[Fales] got first-team repetitions in practice this week and Gase is preparing Fales to play,” writes Miami Herald reporter Armando Salguero. “The final decision whether to use Fales is apparently not yet made because, and ultimately, the game will dictate whether Fales sees the field because Gase still wants to win.”
Salguero squashes any speculation that this could be about taking Ryan Tannehill’s job. The starting job is Tannehill’s when he is healthy. But the Dolphins were so uncomfortable with veteran backup Matt Moore that the team lured Jay Cutler out of retirement to suit up this season.
Cutler, Fales, and Gase go way back. All three were with the Chicago Bears before Gase was hired in Miami (see below). Gase, the offensive coordinator, worked with quarterbacks Cutler and Fales and brought the pair to Miami so he’s very familiar with the pair and they have known each other.