We are going to find out a lot about this Miami Dolphins team on Sunday when they take the field against the New England Patriots. If they come out fighting hard and don’t give up until the end of the game, we’ll know they still believe in their head coach and feel like they are playing for something. If they come out flat and get humiliated, it will be a tell-tale sign that the players are clearly not motivated to be playing, even with their season on the line.
Despite the thoughts that may be creeping into the minds of Dolphins fans, the players said they are ready for the challenge and plan to give it their all to keep their season alive.
“We started out the week, everybody was moving fast, everybody was moving around fast,” Mike Wallace said. “We can’t dwell on the past. What happened, happened. We lost. We have to go about our business the way we have to and that’s focusing on these three games, one at a time and trying to win. Whatever happens at the end of the year, we can’t do anything about it at this point. We just have to focus on each game, one at a time.”
Cameron Wake said that he isn’t looking at the standings and what tiebreakers are where because they know they have to win the game on Sunday to have any chance at the playoffs.
“I’m thinking about this week. As we always say, it’s a 1-0 type season. I don’t think it’s any more important than this week. I think obviously you’ve got to take care of business before we start even thinking about whatever the next week and the week after that is. I think the focus around here is to focus on our job, making sure this week is the best week it can be, and then, after that game, then we can start thinking about the rest.”
Reshad Jones said that the team knows they have to win their next three to have a shot at the playoffs but in the same breath, said they were taking it one game at a time each week. Jimmy Wilson, who will be playing alongside Jones on Sunday at the safety position, says that it’s gut-check time for the Dolphins.
“Obviously, we’re not standing where we want to be or where we think we should be. Once again, seven wins, six losses. You can’t do anything about the past. All we can do is finish the season like men and go out there and try to get three victories. We’re going to start with the Patriots, going up there and try to contain their pass attack. They’ve got guys balling out like crazy. They’re a great team, great coached and we’re going to have to have our A game to beat them up there.”
The players are saying all the right things leading up to the game. Now, it’s time to see what they do on the field and if they are able to back up their words on Sunday.