Time To Turn The Page For Miami

Posted Oct 1, 2013

Quick turnaround, tough Ravens team calls for short memory.

Getting over the type of loss the Miami Dolphins suffered last night in New Orleans is never easy, but the short week and the reality of the defending Super Bowl champs being the next opponent makes it an absolute necessity.

Veteran players like left guard Richie Incognito, center Mike Pouncey and linebacker Dannell Ellerbe are well aware of how a team can go from the high of winning its first three games to the low of faltering on a national stage. Their sights are now set on the Baltimore Ravens and this Sunday’s game at Sun Life Stadium, as well as on returning to the form that led Miami to a 3-0 start.

“I think on a short week like this, we’ve got a tough opponent coming in so you have to turn the page quickly,” said Incognito, who is in his ninth season in the league and fourth with the Dolphins. “It’s something that we’re accustomed to here in the NFL, but especially on a short week we have a bitter taste in our mouth and we want to get back to work. I think what we need to do is focus on getting back to work, focusing on Baltimore and focus on getting a win this week.”

Ellerbe won’t have a difficult time focusing on the Ravens since he spent the first four years of his career with them and played a pivotal role in their 34-31 win over San Francisco in last year’s Super Bowl. He played a different role on that team with future Hall-of-Famer Ray Lewis as the leader of the defense, as now he is the one responsible for getting everyone lined up properly before the ball is snapped.

Even though Ellerbe is downplaying the significance of facing the team that let him test the free agent market in the offseason, he knows how important it is for the Dolphins to head into the bye week on a positive. That is why he is quickly trying to move on from the loss to the Saints.

“It’s like that with any game, win or loss. You’ve got to put it behind you and take 24 hours to get it out of your system,” Ellerbe said. “You’ve got 16 games to play and you don’t have long to study for them. You only have a couple of days and weeks so you’ve got to put the last game behind you and look forward to winning the next game.”

All of the Dolphins players took Head Coach Joe Philbin’s message that he delivered after the game and today before their positional meetings to heart and that was to learn from the mistakes that were committed and clean things up in practice this week. He pointed out that Miami is the only team in the league that has a winning record while also carrying a minus turnover ratio and that has to change.

Philbin reinforced the theme he has preached throughout training camp, the preseason and the first quarter of the regular season – consistency. He reminded them of it after each of the first three wins and didn’t change his tune at all today.

“We’ve just got to go back to work and we talked to the team about how it’s easy to come in and work after you win every game and things are going well,” Philbin said. “We told the team that we’re not going to be riding the wave around here. We look for guys that have a consistent approach toward every single game and every day at work that they look to strive to improve. So there’s no magic wand we’re going to wave, but you’ve got to learn from your mistakes, correct and then move forward.”

And the learning begins anew right now.
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