Here were some of the comments from Wednesday that stood out, along with some perspective:
“I think he’s the best tackle in football. I was shocked (he didn’t make the Pro Bowl).”
— Head Coach Adam Gase made very clear his feelings about third-year left tackle Laremy Tunsil, who wasn’t among the three tackles selected to the AFC Pro Bowl roster. Gase later said Tunsil’s ability allows him the luxury of letting him handle the opponent’s edge rusher one-on-one, which makes life easier for the rest of the offensive line. Pro Bowl or not, Tunsil clearly has enjoyed an impressive 2018 season so far.
“It’s been a goal since my rookie year when I first got here. Now it’s here, my third year and I got it done.”
— Cornerback Xavien Howard left no doubt that making the Pro Bowl always has been a goal since he entered the NFL as the Dolphins’ second-round pick in the 2016 draft. Howard is tied for the NFL lead with seven interceptions and his selection to the Pro Bowl seemed almost a given before the rosters were announced Tuesday night.
“We gotta stop it. Everybody’s got to take care of their responsibility like we did against New England. Its’ everybody, all 11.”
— Defensive tackle Davon Godchaux fully understands the Jacksonville Jaguars will want to establish their running game when they come to Hard Rock Stadium on Sunday and he’s looking for a team effort on defense to stop Leonard Fournette and company. As several players and coaches have pointed out throughout the year, the Dolphins will be successful in that challenge if every player handles his assignment.
"It always feels good to play at home in front of your home crowd. You want to put on a good show for our fans and win every game at home.”
— Quarterback Ryan Tannehill will try to help the Dolphins end the regular season with a 7-1 record at Hard Rock Stadium, which would be their best since 2002 when they also went 7-1. The Dolphins are tied with the Kansas City Chiefs for second-best home record in the AFC in 2018, behind only the New England Patriots (6-0).