The Miami Dolphins are 1-3 after losing back-to-back overtime games to the New York Jets and Arizona Cardinals. Few teams make the playoffs after that kind of start, but Dolphins starting running back Reggie Bush says the team is not deterred.
"This is not a time for panicking at all," Bush said this week. "I think the vibe that I get from the guys on the team, the coaches, nobody’s panicking. We know that we have a physical, tough team here and nobody's questioning that at all. We’ve just got to learn how to play together as a team for four quarters. We’re working on that one day at a time."
Dolphins linebacker Karlos Dansby called last week's game against the Cardinals a must-win. It was important to get back to .500, but Miami put itself in a deeper hole.
But I like the progress I see from Miami. Dolphins rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill is making strides, the running game is pretty consistent, and the front seven on defense is very tough to run against. Miami has the best run defense in the NFL after four games.
The Dolphins aren't winning games, but they are a tough out for opponents. The Dolphins have been in three of the four games this season down to the final snap. Although their record doesn't show it, the Dolphins have played harder and more consistent so far this season than the Jets (2-2) and Buffalo Bills (2-2).
"We're measured by wins and losses and you can easily sit here and say we should be 3-1 right now, but we're not," Bush said. "We're 1-3 and there’s a big difference. The margin for error in this league is that much."
The Dolphins will try to get closer to .500 Sunday when they travel to play the Cincinnati Bengals (3-1).