Fading Dolphins desperate for late-season surge
After giving up 24 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to lose at Buffalo, the
“We can’t afford to overlook anyone, because another loss at this point and it’s over,” linebacker
The season veered off the path to the playoffs Sunday at last-place Buffalo, when the
“You never want to make it look like you laid down or gave up,” Torbor said. “You like to take pride in what you do, whether you’re in the NFL or working in McDonald’s. That’s probably one of the worst parts of Sunday. I wouldn’t say we laid down, but like I said, perception is all that matters.”
Creating the perception were 17 points by the
“That’s a game we needed to win,” Sparano said. “Our fans deserve better. This organization deserves better. We’re going to make it better.”
It may be too late to rectify the situation this year. The
The latest defeat means Miami won’t be playing for the division lead Sunday against first-place New England.
“We have a lot of work to do,” guard
Miami wheezed to the finish against the
“They were scoring one touchdown after another,” cornerback
There were troubling issues aside from the latest fourth-quarter flameout.
The run defense that was a strength early in the season has gone soft, in part due to the absence of nose tackle
“A few times out there we got punched around a little bit,” Sparano said.
There were some bright spots:
“Coach knows what he’s doing,” Smiley said.
Sparano knows the
“Our next five opponents all have the same things at stake that we do,” Sparano said. “People might have written us off, but I haven’t.”