PLAYING TO WIN

The Dolphins are dealing with the disappointment of being knocked out of the playoffs for the second consecutive year, but Coach Dave Wannstedt insists the team still has plenty of motivation to beat the New York Jets in Sunday's regular season finale.

"We have a lot to play for," Wannstedt said. "We're trying to get our 10th win and we're playing the Jets. In my mind, that's a lot to play for."

Wannstedt indicated the game plan and the personnel would not change for the Jets game, meaning Ricky Williams still will get his share of carries and Jay Fiedler will be at quarterback.

Wannstedt pointed out that the Dolphins will be going for a 10-win season for only the fifth time in the last 10 years.

That won't help them, though, because the Dolphins stand to become the first team since San Francisco and Philadelphia in 1991 to win 10 games and miss the playoffs.

"There'll probably be teams in the playoffs who don't win 10 games," Wannstedt said. "How do you figure?"

Wannstedt watched the Denver-Indianapolis game after getting home last night from the Dolphins' trip to Buffalo. He arrived in the second quarter of the game and could only watch as the Dolphins' playoff hopes disappeared.

He was asked during Monday's day-after press conference about why the Dolphins find themselves in the situation they're in and he also was asked about his job status, but Wannstedt wasn't interested in talking about those topics.

"We'll talk about the season when the season's over," Wannstedt said. "I want to talk about the Jets and the game yesterday."


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