Here were some of the comments that stood out following the 31-28 overtime victory against the Chicago Bears, along with some perspective:
"The guy is unbelievable and to do it at his age and to come out here and get 100 yards and grind through that heat … I mean, that guy is a warrior."
— Head Coach Adam Gase has never hidden his tremendous respect for running back Frank Gore, and the former University of Miami star had another classic performance against the Bears. Gore had the Dolphins' first 100-yard rushing performance of the season, and it included a 32-yard run in overtime that put the Dolphins at the 7-yard line. He reached the 100-yard mark on his next carry, which was good for 5 yards.
"Pretty darn good would be a huge understatement."
— This was how quarterback Brock Osweiler described the job the Dolphins did against Bears linebacker Khalil Mack. Mack was a disruptive force throughout the month of September, to the point where he was named the NFL Defensive Player of the Month, but he was a non-factor Sunday. Mack was limited to one tackle, one assist and had no play of consequence. This was a nice change for Osweiler, who was sacked five times by Mack the last time he faced him — in a 2015 game between Oakland and Denver. The Dolphins came in determined not to let Mack influence the outcome of the game, and they succeeded in a big way.
"I got a little emotional driving to the stadium today."
— Brock Osweiler said the reason he signed with the Dolphins as a free agent in the offseason was for the opportunity to again play for Adam Gase, and he added he told his agent to cancel other visits that were planned with other teams. That's why Osweiler was so excited about the possibility of starting the game against the Bears. Osweiler responded to the challenge by passing for a career-high 380 yards and tying a personal mark with three touchdown passes.
"For the Miami Dolphins, there's no such thing as a normal game. I think we always just like to have those type of games. But our goal is to get the win at the end of the day, and that's what we did."
— Defensive end Andre Branch says the Dolphins have become used to dealing with unusual things, and the game against the Bears was most unusual in the amount of big plays and momentum swings it had after halftime. The bottom line, though, is the Dolphins were able to leave Hard Rock Stadium with a victory.
"We just try to protect every blade of grass. We know we're always one play away from making a big play, giving the offense the ball back."
— Safety T.J. McDonald addressed the Dolphins' ability to come up with takeaways in the end zone, which they demonstrated again in the victory against the Bears. McDonald came up with one of them with a fourth-quarter interception in the end zone, and Kiko Alonso had a fumble recovery at the 1-yard line in the first second quarter. This knack for forcing turnovers has played a key role in the Dolphins' four victories so far this season.