If the internet memes are to be believed, Jay Cutler “doesn’t care” about much going on around him.
But there’s evidence to the contrary in the former Vanderbilt quarterback’s offseason actions.
More than 12 years removed from his last play as the Commodores’ quarterback — a 2005 touchdown pass to Earl Bennett in the final moments of a game at Neyland Stadium to break Vanderbilt’s 23-year losing streak to Tennessee — the seasoned NFL quarterback still seems to care very much about his alma mater.
So much so, the 12-year NFL veteran appears to be spending part of his offseason working out with Commodores quarterback Kyle Shurmur, who is prepping for a senior campaign in the fall, according to a report from The Tennessean’s Adam Sparks.
Cutler was spotted whipping out his iPhone to catch film of Shurmur’s workouts at Vanderbilt’s indoor training facility on Monday.
“Film is very valuable,” Shurmur offered as explanation of Cutler’s amateur film work. “All the details matter in this game. [We are] just looking at certain things in my base and form that I can tighten up, making sure my fundamentals are nice and tight so that I can be a more consistent passer.”
— Adam Sparks (@AdamSparks) March 12, 2018
Cutler, who is a free agent after coming out of retirement to play for the Miami Dolphins in 2017, may have a stressful week ahead and NFL opens up its free agency process on Wednesday. But it doesn’t appear to be keeping him from giving back to the school that honored him as an athletics hall of fame member in 2016.
Shurmur, the son of New York Giants coach Pat Shurmur, told Sparks that the conversations with Cutler have been solely about getting better for Vanderbilt and not preparation for the 2019 NFL Draft.
“I don’t even want to think about [next year’s NFL draft] right now,” Shurmur told The Tennessean. “I’ve got to take care of business here and help Vanderbilt win games if I even want to get to [the NFL].”
Cutler owns the Vanderbilt records for career passing yards and career touchdown passes, but both of those are in sight for Shurmur, who will be entering his fourth season as a starting quarterback for Derek Mason’s squad.
Here’s a comparison of where the numbers stand for Shurmur as he attempts to surpass Cutler in the Commodores football record book:
Vanderbilt quarterback stats: Jay Cutler vs. Kyle Shurmur
|Quarterback||Years active||Passing yards||Passing touchdowns|
The target goal for Shurmur’s 2018 season to break the records: 2,963 passing yards and 20 touchdown passes.
Shurmur threw for 26 touchdowns in 2017, making that record seemingly attainable assuming good health and a strong passing game in the fall. The 2,963 required to catch the passing yardage mark would be a career high for Shurmur, but just 140 more yards than he threw for in 2017.