Written by Luis Sung | Twitter: @FLSportDebater
After a victory against the Buffalo Bills, who had previously beaten them badly in their last three meetings, the Dolphins are feeling pretty confident about themselves, as well they should be.
However, they are well aware that their potential has yet to be reached to the fullest, and it's going to take more than what they've already done to get to the playoffs. But what does that mean exactly?
“I just say everybody doing their assignment. The defense doing their job. The offense do their job. Special teams." said running back Lamar Miller. "I feel like when everybody’s on the same page we are a tough team to beat.”
That seems pretty obvious, but Miller speaks the truth. When everything has gone right execution-wise for the Dolphins, they've shown how powerful they can be. But the team is nowhere near satisfied with that.
“[We] just have to keep improving [and] keep playing well. [Scoring in] the red zone is the biggest thing that sticks out in my mind right now." said quarterback Ryan Tannehill. "We have to score touchdowns when we get down in the red zone. Especially when you play good teams [because] you don’t know how many trips you’re going to get down there. You have to take advantage with touchdowns."
The Dolphins have been improving in that department, finding ways to get touchdown passes to Rishard Matthews, Brandon Gibson and Jarvis Landry in recent weeks, but the team still sees it as a place to focus the majority of their attention.
Now with a game against Denver coming up, the Dolphins are grateful that they're going to be given some extra time to recuperate.
“Any time that you can get a few extra days or a few extra hours away to clear you mind [is great]. We all put in a lot of hard work [and] countless hours getting ready for games." said Tannehill. "When you have a chance to step away, clear your mind and get healthy [which] I think is the biggest thing. Just to allow the guys that have been banged up to get healthy.”
If the Dolphins manage to beat Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos in Denver, any questions about the team's talent should go flying out the window. The issue at this point is simply execution, and we have seen that with time, that also will improve.