Individually or collectively, members of the Dallas Cowboys are planning to make a unity statement before Monday night’s game against the Arizona Cardinals in the wake of President Donald Trump’s comments, but the exact details have not been worked out yet, according to multiple sources.
On Sunday, every team had some form of demonstration as a response to Trump’s comments that owners should fire players who disrespect the flag by not standing during the national anthem. Hundreds of players, coaches, executives and owners stood together arm in arm, sat, knelt, raised a fist or stayed in the locker room during the national anthem.
Cutler led consecutive field-goal drives in the fourth quarter to erase a four-point deficit in a duel of efficient attrition with fellow veteran gunslinger Philip Rivers. Beyond that viral incompletion, Cutler went 24-of-33 passing for 230 yards and a touchdown to Stills, rating a fine 101.8. He didn’t have a turnover, took only two sacks against a good Chargers pass rush and played within the offense with a 72.7 completion percentage. It was Jay Cutler smoking, and not Smokin’ Jay Cutler.
As expected, Cutler had full downfield trust in the guy he has called his faster Alshon Jeffery, new go-to wideout DeVante Parker (four receptions, 85 yards). While he lived a little dangerously with his deep shots to Parker over coverage, Cutler also channeled in his inner Ryan Tannehill by feeding Jarvis Landry (13 receptions, 78 yards) for plenty of easy pitches and catches.
Cutler was not the best Jay on the field Sunday for the Dolphins, and as long as running back Jay Ajayi is healthy, he won’t be. Ajayi pounded out 122 rushing yards on 28 carries, facilitating everything Cutler did and allowing his QB to work on a worn-down Chargers defense late in the game.