TIME TO BOUNCE BACK

The Dolphins crashed badly against the Kansas City Chiefs, but they'd better put that loss behind them quickly because they know they have another tough test coming up this Sunday.

"We can't dwell on the last game or we'll get killed by New England because they're a better team than the Chiefs," said linebacker Zach Thomas.

Coach Dave Wannstedt does not expect his team to have a problem bouncing back, and he has history to back him up.

Just go back to last year when the Dolphins were blown out, 42-10, at St. Louis on the last Sunday in September before coming home to beat the Patriots.

Sound familiar? It's almost eerie, considering both Kansas City and St. Louis are in Missouri.

"Bouncing back will not to be a problem with our team," Wannstedt said. "Our guys knew right after the game that they didn't play well enough to win. We've got to get geared up this week, and we will. We've got great leadership on this team.

"We've had tough losses in the past, and we bounced back. That is not a concern. The Patriots are, that's a concern, blocking them and tackling them."

The Dolphins have refused to blame the loss to the Chiefs on the theory that they overlooked them.

By the same token, they also know they didn't played a very good, this coming after their big victory over the New York Jets.

Said defensive end Jason Taylor: "We looked like world beaters against the Jets and like the worst in the world against the Chiefs."

Said wide receiver Dedric Ward: "Our goal of going 16-0 obviously has been diminished, but we've got to refocus and get back to doing what we do well."

That means running the ball on offense, making some plays in the passing game and playing much, much better defense than the Dolphins played against the Chiefs.

If nothing else, that game served as a lesson for the Dolphins.

"It's one of those games you look at now and say, how did we lose the game, knowing we have a good football team, offensive and defensively, and learn from that," said safety Brock Marion. "What situation were you in, how can you play better? It's a good learning experience for us.

"Everybody has to get humbled sometimes. I think this was our humble pie."


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