“Yesterday was tough; it’s going to be tough until the playoffs and the Super Bowl are over,” guard
The Dolphins’ season officially came to an end with the 30-12 loss against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field, and the players headed off in different directions knowing that some personnel changes invariably will take place before they reconvene at the Baptist Health Training Facility at Nova Southeastern University for the offseason program in April.
“We’re not satisfied just making it to the playoffs,” Thomas said. “No, we wanted to go there, we wanted to win. We wanted to go all the way to the Super Bowl. How we played yesterday wasn’t good enough and for everybody who returns here, the mind-set is going to be coming back not just to try to make the playoffs but to try to dominate. Dominate your unit. Have a dominant defense. Have an imposing offense. Imposing special teams. Dominate special teams. That’s going to be the mind-set.”
The Dolphins’ 2016 season will be remembered for the tremendous turnaround after a 1-4 start that featured a six-game winning streak and nine victories in the past 11 games.
What the players focused on the most Monday, though, wasn’t so much particular games, but rather the mind-set that was established in Adam Gase’s first year as Dolphins head coach.
“Starting the season, nobody thought we’d be in this position to win double-digit wins and have a chance to advance in the playoffs,” linebacker
The 2016 season, Dolphins players were saying Monday, was just the beginning.
“We truly believe in this room that we could make a run, a serious run,” wide receiver
“It doesn’t take days or weeks to appreciate (what we accomplished this season). I’m just sick about the game yesterday, but I still understand where we’ve come. I told the guys before the game, look how far we’ve come. And so it’s something that you can be proud of, but it’s not something to hang your hat on. We know what we expect out of each other and we know the potential of this group. We’ve got to come back stronger next year and do it again.”