Building On Positives Of 3-2 Record The Focus This Week

Posted Oct 7, 2013

Dolphins coaches and players to work on corrections before bye.

Despite feeling the sting of a last-minute loss to the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday, the Miami Dolphins still have plenty to feel good about heading into their bye.

They have proven that they can finish off games in the fourth quarter like they did in Cleveland, Indianapolis and in their home opener against Atlanta. Second-year quarterback Ryan Tannehill has shown growth in many areas and his receivers and tight ends have been effective in different areas of the field. But the 24 sacks given up and yesterday’s struggles in the running game served as a reminder that there is still plenty of work to be done – and that’s what this week is all about at the Doctors Hospital Training Facility.

“Right now we’re making our corrections obviously from the game yesterday, watching the tape from start to finish and then we’re going to get on the practice field tomorrow and primarily focus on ourselves,” said Head Coach Joe Philbin, whose team remains one game behind the New England Patriots in the AFC East. “We spend a lot of time on self-scout. We’ve got to get our internal things right before we necessarily get too overly concerned with our next opponent. So this week’s more about from a coaching standpoint and a player standpoint tightening down our stuff, making sure we’re doing the right things and maybe we should emphasize this particular scheme more than that and that’s what the bye week’s doing and that’s what they’re there for and that’s what we’ll do.”

Wide receiver Mike Wallace is coming off of his second 100-yard receiving game of the season after catching seven passes for 105 yards from Tannehill in the 26-23 loss to Baltimore. Six of his receptions came in the first half for 99 yards, including a 49-yard bomb down the middle of the field that set up a Caleb Sturgis field goal.

Wallace knows the expectations that come with being such a high-priced free agent and he also knows a little bit about putting together a winning season, which he did in Pittsburgh with the Steelers in three of his first four seasons. That included a trip to Super Bowl XLV in his second season back in 2010 so he has some perspective about how to handle a two-game losing streak.

“You’ve just got to stay focused,” Wallace said. “You can’t get caught up in the, ‘You lost two, so panic.’ Just stay relaxed, stay calm but we have to have a sense of urgency, too. We can’t just let them keep dropping at the same time. We have to have a sense of urgency but no panic mode. You have to continue to play, keep working hard and I feel like our team works hard every single day. Everybody out here gives great effort so I think we’ve got to do a better job of transferring it from the practice field to the game.”

Even though there will be some much needed down time this week for the players so their bodies can recover from what has been a 10-game stretch (including preseason games), Wallace and his teammates plan to put in some hard work. The Buffalo Bills come to Sun Life Stadium on October 27th to begin the final 11-game swing and the Dolphins want to get back into a winning rhythm. “I don’t think I’ve been playing as good as I want to but this is a great time to have your bye week to just go back and look at all of your games, look at every time you go out there and the things that you could do better,” Wallace said. “I know for sure 100 percent I’ll come back a lot better after this bye week and just stay focused. That’s it, just continue to focus and work hard. It’s a week where I can watch all the games and watch every single play I’ve done and just learn and work from that and I know I’ll be better.”
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