A DIFFICULT WEEK

There is a lot of tension around Dolphins camp these days, the result of the shocking loss to the Houston Texans on opening day. And if you think it's bad now, just imagine what it will be like if the Dolphins happen to lose to the Jets on Sunday.

Dolphins players and coaches have done their best to put behind the 21-20 loss to the Texans, but that's difficult when they're constantly being reminded of it.

Let's face it, the Dolphins have been a team in recent years whose mental toughness has been questioned time and time again. And it was questioned again after the loss to Houston.

Was it a case of the Dolphins taking Houston lightly? Were they prepared? Did the coaches take it too easy in training camp?

All the questions were asked after the loss to Houston, and there clearly are no easy answers.

The most disturbing thing of all was that all the mistakes that wound up costing the Dolphins late last season were repeated. So what has changed?

Nothing, until the Dolphins change it on the field.

And that, as much as the Jets or anything else, is the biggest burden facing them as they prepare for their second game of the season.

The Dolphins need to focus on the task at hand, not panic if something goes wrong, and not worry about what anybody else is doing or saying.

Unfortunately, that's proven difficult for this bunch in the past. If the Dolphins don't play well Sunday, it's going to get worse before it gets better.

Defensive end Jason Taylor said he wouldn't use the desperation to describe Sunday's game against the Jets, but did say it was a very important game.

It is more than that. It is a game the Dolphins need to re-establish the right frame of mind.


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