From the Locker Room

The Dolphins understandably were disappointed after the 31-23 loss to the New York at Sun Life Stadium on Sunday night. Here's a sampling of what Dolphins players had to say after the game.

WR Davone Bess

On the mood in the locker room after the game: "It was just a situation where we needed to score and we didn't. Had a great play by Brandon Marshall, a great block by (Anthony) Fasano, but in the end we didn't put it in the end zone and there's obviously some room for improvement. Nonetheless, it still stings, but we're ready for next week."

On if this loss hurts more than others: "I wouldn't say that. I think a loss is a loss. It's a big loss, I'm not going to shy away from it, but it just makes it that much bigger of a game next week. That's where our focus is now, on the Patriots, and were excited to bring it back home again. We'll prepare hard this week and get ready for another battle."

On the team making some big plays: "I think we definitely did some good things there, but there were definitely some yards on the field that were left out there. We need to make the big plays, big catches, and there are a lot of things we can work on for next week."

RB Ronnie Brown

On offensive drives that ended in field goals: "We've got to get touchdowns, not settle for field goals. [We need] to be more efficient. They gave us a lot of different looks [on defense]. They were beating us down the field. We just need to be better at consistently moving the football. We still gave ourselves a shot at the end of the game, but at the same time we have to play the rest of the game better and not let it come down to that situation."

On hoping to get a few more carries on the last drive: "In that situation, looking at the defense they were going to play, they came out in a defense where it made sense for us to pass the ball. In that situation, with me being the kind of guy—we're on the two-yard line—you have to get the ball in the end zone at all cost. The one [the Jets] called a timeout on I think we had a good opportunity. Unfortunately they called a timeout and changed defenses up. We had some opportunities; we just need to capitalize and sustain drives and not let it come down to a situation where it's third-and-long. [We need to be] efficient on first and second down and not make it hard for ourselves."

On how he thought the Jets defended the Wildcat: "They did a fairly decent job. It wasn't so much them. A couple times, we had a couple plays; we had a holding, a big opportunity there. On another one I was going against the play clock and I had to get the play in instead of taking the penalty."

LB Karlos Dansby

On tonight's performance: "We didn't do what we needed to do to win the game. Gave up a lot of points, didn't make a lot of plays, and didn't make any turnovers. We have to go back to the drawing board, come back next week a little more hungry and get that victory."

On going forward to next week's game against New England: "We have to prepare well and execute, we didn't execute tonight at all. New England is a well coached team; we have to be more disciplined."

WR Brian Hartline

On the team's emotions at the end of the game: "It was just a situation where we needed to score and we didn't. Had a great play by Brandon Marshall, a great block by Fasano, but in the end we didn't put it in the end zone and there's obviously some room for improvement. None the less, it still stings, but we're ready for next week.

On if this loss hurts more than others: "I wouldn't say that. I think a loss is a loss. It's a big loss, I'm not going to shy away from it, but it just makes it that much bigger of a game next week. That's where our focus is now, on the Patriots, and were excited to bring it back home again. We'll prepare hard this week and get ready for another battle.

On the team making some big plays: "I think we definitely did some good things there, but there was definitely some yards on the field that were left out there. We need to make the big plays, big catches, and there are a lot of things we can work on for next week."

QB Chad Henne

On the way the game started and how he seemed anxious at the beginning before settling down: "Yeah, I mean you know it was just like you said, a little anxious, a little excited to get in there and get some plays going. Once we settled down and calmed down and got some things going I felt comfortable in there."

On his big plays with Brandon Marshall and Davone Bess: "Yeah I think all our wide receiving core came up big. I mean even Brian (Hartline) came up with some big catches. Obviously Brandon out there and Davone; it was good to spread the ball around and get the ball to some different guys."

On how frustrating it is not to have put this game away: "Yeah it's tough; when you're down there in the red zone and you're on the two or three yard line. You get a penalty there or we don't get a seven out of it. We need a touchdown there rather than a field goal. It really hurts you, but we kept on fighting which is good, but we just don't want to go down this way. We got to score those points when we have the opportunity."

On the positives of the game with the offense growing: "Yeah, I mean I think we improved, but there's definitely some things out there we need to improve on. Some things out there later in the game where we could have put it away like you said and score more points."

On whether he started feeling comfortable after the first quarter: "Yeah, I mean they were giving us one-on-one coverage out there with Brandon and a lot of our receivers, and we felt that we could get some fades back there and some back shoulders. We just felt comfortable in that situation."

On whether there was any one match-up he was looking at: "No, I mean I think if we had one-on-one on Brandon obviously we're going to him. They gave us some one-on-one match-ups (on) Brain and Davone there. We took our pick there. They did a really good job."

On the last few offensive plays: "Yeah, I mean you know they had some good coverages there. It looked like they were going to pressure and then they drooped back and go to a cover two there and drop everybody. They covered a lot of our plays, and we just kept fighting at the end. It's sad how it turned out."

On the game plan with the Jets dropping eight men in coverage on the final drive: "We thought going into the game we were going to get a lot of pressure in there and one-on-one match-ups, but when the game was on the line they tried to drop and see if I could find the open guy. It just came down that they defended us better than we executed."

On whether there was a certain throw that calmed him down: "Well I mean I thought I just needed to settle my feet down…got over anxious out there in the first quarter and coming out just excited about the game. I just needed to settle my feet and just go and read the coverages and make the plays."

On the disappointment in moving the ball but not coming up with enough points: "Yeah, it's tough. I mean we hurt ourselves a couple times, some big third down execution there that we could have converted there and some penalties that hurt us in the red zone. We just have to look at the tape, fix some mistakes and come back out, and we got a big division game coming up in the Patriots."

On the last play: "Well I mean we actually ran the play we scored on before with Anthony (Fasano), and we tried to run it again. They ran a different coverage there; they went into cover two and dropped eight there. Anthony was in the end zone and the guy just came around his back and made a good play. He was there, but they made a good play there."

On Brandon Marshall, Brian Hartline, and Davone Bess: "Yeah it was a good feeling. The line I thought did a really good job when we settled down there and they were giving me a lot of time, a lot of protection there, and guys were running great routes against one-on-one coverage and we got to win those situations."

On the time he had to throw tonight: "Yeah I thought Coach (Dan) Henning and our package this week with our protection scheme was pretty big here. Our line did a great job letting me sit in the pocket and letting me deliver the ball accurately."

On his comfort level with his three wide receivers: "Yeah I mean I thought our game plan was, we got to attack. Obviously we're a running football team but sometimes you're forced to go when you're down 14 points. You got to get some points on the board. Our wide receivers did a great job this week in practice, and we felt that we could attack them."

WR Brandon Marshall

On tonight's game: "I mean it doesn't look good, but these are one of those games where you got to have it, and hats off the Jets, they played well tonight and we didn't have enough."

On his thoughts when they got into the red zone on the final drive: "Well before the drive started we got together as an offense and I said let's focus on the two point play because we're going to get down there and we had confidence we were going to get in the end zone. When we got down there I had a lot of confidence in us that we were going to get in, but we didn't. We just didn't get it done tonight."

On the passing game opening up tonight: "We're the type of offense where we're going to take what the defense, our guys give us. The past two weeks they've been trying to take away the pass, and we ran the ball more. We just take advantage of whatever's there. They wanted to play one-on-one outside, and the wide receivers…we pride ourselves on beating that. It was a battle out there, and we made plays but we didn't make enough."

On the positives taken out of tonight's game: "Nothing, there's no moral victories. We got beat. We prepared well, but we didn't have enough today."

On the offense's slow start: "It's football, it's football. If you play a sport, especially professionally and you don't show any emotion and you don't have any emotion then you're not going to be great. To answer your question, it's football and you want to win and you want to win every play."

On the evolving trust between the receiver and quarterback Chad Henne: "Like I say every week, we're going to take what defensive guys give us. Chad has a read, he has a read to go through and he's going to throw where he needs to throw and we're going to run the routes that are called. With that said, we're going to run our offense."

On Anthony Fasano's block: "Man I thought I had enough speed to get there; I'm kind of mad at myself. We set it up well, and hat's off to him for getting down field, but I just didn't have enough in my legs to get in the end zone. I'm kind of kicking myself right now."

On his touchdown reception: "Oh the touchdown, a great throw by Chad. The line blocked well, gave him time to throw and find me. It just opened up, and I went in the end zone. It still wasn't enough."

On if he now understands the Dolphins and Jets rivalry: "I approach every game the same. I have no friends on the football field. I don't like any guy who's lined up in front of me. Whether it's the Jets or the Oakland Raiders, it's going to be the same Brandon. I do like the atmosphere I have to say. It is a fun atmosphere to play in. The crowd tonight was awesome and disappointed that we couldn't get them the win."

On Antonio Cromartie: "Cromartie's an athletic guy; he's going to make his plays but like I said when I'm on the one outside I pride myself on beating that. That's what I'm here for, but he's a great athlete."


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