The loss to the New York Jets at the end of 2013 was one of the worst collapses in recent memory for the Miami Dolphins. Only needing to win the game, the Dolphins failed to do so and missed out on the playoffs once again. In fact, it was so bad that many fans and media members were calling for Joe Philbin to be fired. He wasn't and here we are in a similar situation in 2014.
“I think the film, we’ve shown different examples to the football team, I was looking at the game against New England in Week 7," Joe Philbin said. "They had 450 yards of offense. It was a two-point game. They played Denver and it was a seven-point game with two minutes to go in the game. They beat a very good Pittsburgh team. Again, this is the National Football League. We certainly remind our guys that this team has very good players. They’ve always played hard. I think the records, in this kind of game, an AFC East game, aren’t real meaningful.”
Does that mean that Philbin and his players haven't learned their lesson from 2013? He says that while there is plenty of stuff on film from last year, this is a new year and not all of that necessarily matters anymore.
“Certainly, there is a lot of film value in that game. A lot of the same players are there. A lot of their staff is the same. There’s certainly some value. Again, I was sitting in a defensive meeting today. We watched some of those plays, but this is a new year. This is December 1, 2014. (The game) was a long time ago. It’s a brand new season, brand new game.”
Despite the film maybe being different, the feeling of losing to the Jets in that fashion hasn't left the players on the team. One of those guys is Jelani Jenkins, who said that it wasn't a good feeling last year when they knew their season was over after losing the last two games of the season.
“It’s definitely something you remember. I was in that locker room and it’s not a good feeling watching the next week knowing that you should be playing. It was very difficult for us. We watched the film and we saw what we did wrong. We watched the game that happened last year and seeing what they did last year. We know they want to establish the run. Looking forward, we’ve just got to play hard and play our style of ball, not play too different from last week or the week before that, but just play hard.”
Mike Pouncey said that it wasn't just the Jets that did them in last year but instead, it can also be traced to the game against the Buffalo Bills. However, he said they can't be focusing on that because they need to just go out and play the way they know they can.
“You could say the same thing about the Buffalo Bills too, either one of those games. It didn’t come down to just the Jets, we could have won any of those games and we would have gone to the playoffs last year. But that’s not on our minds right now, it’s about us right now and going out there and playing the way we know we can play.”
The Dolphins will need to beat the Jets to have any real chance of staying alive in the AFC playoffs. A loss will send the season in a downward spiral and will immediately spark talk about a new coach in 2015. Hopefully, for everyone's sake, the Dolphins roll into New Jersey and take care of business the way everyone is expecting them to do so.
This story was written by Matthew Cannata | Twitter: @PhinManiacs