STAYING POSITIVE

This is not a good week to be a member of the Miami Dolphins. The team is under intense scrutiny after back-to-back losses to Indianapolis and Tennessee and there has been a lot of criticism thrown their way.

Coach Dave Wannstedt, who's usually even-tempered and ever-optimistic, ripped into his players in a meeting on Monday.

The questions asked of the players this week by the media all center around whether the team still has confidence and whether they're facing a must-win game this Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens.

Needless to say, this is not something the Dolphins enjoy.

"The best thing we can do is go on a seven-game winning streak," said defensive end Jason Taylor. "We can't worry about that. The last thing we need is a loss to Baltimore. This is going to be a game of two desperate teams and we'll see who wants it more."

The Dolphins players are well aware of the talk going around the team, but trying not to pay too much attention to it.

"I really couldn't care less about what everybody else is saying outside because that doesn't affect how I play on Sunday," said fellow defensive end Adewale Ogunleye. "That shouldn't affect how 53 guys on this team play. And it won't.

"We know what we have to do. We're trying to get to the Super Bowl. That's the No. 1 goal. But it starts this week again with Baltimore."

Defensive tackle Larry Chester, meanwhile, said the team has not lost faith, even if some of the fans have.

"In a way I feel like the fans have been let down, but good fans stick with their team through rough weather," Chester said. "And the sun is going to shine on us again."


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