Bill Belichick makes a point to note 14-2 is in the past and the team is starting from scratch.
Well, when we left here last night we were 14-2 and I think this morning, we're 0-0. We don't know who the next game is, but we know that whoever it is will be a team that wins this coming weekend, which means they'll be a very good team to win in that Wild Card round of the playoffs. I think right now, the most important thing for us is trying to improve in our own performance and preparation, doing things that we can do to help ourselves. And then once we find out who we're going to play, then we'll be a little more specific. Right now we have to prepare for three teams and then we'll wait until that gets trimmed down at the end of the weekend. So, that's where we're at for today.
Dolphins were ill-prepared for their game against the Patriots and he's still angry at how the team finished out the season. Losing that way to the Patriots just made it worse.tells WQAM-560’s Sid Rosenberg the
"Usually after a rough season there’s a sense of relief when it’s over with, but I didn’t feel like that," he said. "It’s the contrast with what they have going on in New England and what we have going on here, and it’s a very stark contrast."
"They had less to play for than we did … and they played harder than any team we played all year, and I just expect that from my team."
Williams gave the example of Rob Ninkovich, whom Sparano and the Dolphins cut in 2008, as a player who thrived in a more positive environment. Ninkovich had three sacks and two interceptions against the Dolphins this year as the Patriots’ starting outside linebacker.
"It’s not based on him necessarily making plays, it’s just based on him buying into a winning tradition,"
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