After Sunday's loss to the Ravens, the Dolphins had little time to reflect.
The Bills will play at Miami on Sunday night to decide the AFC East champion and end the NFL season in Week 18. Dolphins must rapidly recover from 56-19 loss to AFC top seed and get in the correct mindset to beat divisional opponents.
Dolphins head coach Mike McDaniel stated he wasn't worried about his team's abilities in his Sunday postgame news conference.
"I’m firmly confident that guys are going to approach it the way I would hope," McDaniel said in a team transcript. "This has been our norm for running from nothing.
Own it. If you want to achieve something important, ask yourself, ‘Well it this hard?’ It's hard. something may be your chance to stand out and approach something differently from other teams. Keeping together—I think with our captains and leadership council, we won't have any problems. Recalibrate, reunite, and press ahead.
Only by trusting each other and focusing and thinking in the right direction can situations like this not happen, which I see all of our men accomplish time and time again. Expect nothing.”
The team's physical health may be a worry, but not their mental health. The Dolphins lost quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, edge rusher Bradley Chubb, and cornerback Xavien Howard to injury on Sunday. Wide receiver Jaylen Waddle and running back Raheem Mostert didn't play.
Chubb is likely done for the season, but the Dolphins could use positive news regarding the rest of the team before their Bills game.