Mike Ditka liked what he saw from Mitchell Trubisky in his NFL preseason debut. He liked it so much he brought up Tom Brady and Fran Tarkenton when talking about the performance.
“What I saw out of Trubisky for a rookie in his first game I thought was outstanding,” he said in an interview with the Chicago Tribune. “I don’t know too many rookies, including Tom Brady, Fran Tarkenton or anybody else that’s ever had that kind of a start. Now, one game doesn’t make a career — I understand that — but the kid looked awfully good, he looked awfully composed, he threw the ball very accurately. I thought he made good decisions all the way through; avoided the rush at times.”
To cover their bases, the Dolphins signed former Bears quarterback Jay Cutler to a one-year deal and are working harder with backup Matt Moore.
For now, Tannehill will be doing what he can to help Cutler, Moore and the rest of the players and staff out from the sidelines.
“I know there’ll be times where he’ll be rehabbing at other facilities,” Gase said. “He’s got a good plan mapped out. He’s done a good job of communicating with our training staff, our doctors. They’re all kind of on the same page. I’m going to know when he’s not going to be here. There will be some weeks where he’s around a lot and he’ll be able to help the coaching staff and the players.”
Lindley won only one of his six starts for the Cards from 2012-’14, posting a dismal 50.8 completion percentage, a horrendous 2-11 TD-INT ratio and a microscopic 50.3 rating while averaging only 146 yards per game. Even worse, because of injury, he had to start a forgettable playoff game against the Panthers. He was 16-of-28 for 82 yards, a TD and 2 INTs, “good” for a rating of 44.3 while being sacked four times. Consider Tom Tupa, who was a much better NFL punter, as the close runner-up.