The Dolphins took advantage of the bye week to elect team captains for the rest of the season, and the results really shouldn't have come as a major surprise.<P>

Quarterback Jay Fiedler and center Tim Ruddy were elected captains on offense; linebacker Zach Thomas and cornerback Sam Madison got the nod on defense; and Twan Russell was the choice on special teams.

It was the second consecutive year that Ruddy, Thomas and Madison served as captains.

"These are the guy they have confidence in," said Coach Dave Wannstedt. "They feel they've shown the leadership qualities that they want to represent this football team."

Wannstedt started a tradition last year of having players vote for permanent captains during the bye week.

Thomas' role as a leader became apparent after last Sunday's loss to the Jets when he was very critical of the team's effort.

"Even if I wasn't a captain, I was going to lead," Thomas said. "I don't see it as something I tell myself I have to do. It's something that just comes natural. It is an honor when the guys vote for you. there's got to be more than me and Sam. We need everybody to be a captain on this team. All 11 starters should be a captain."

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