It was early Friday morning when the Dolphins got to their locker room and were able to start discussing their stirring 22-20 overtime victory over the Cincinnati Bengals.
It was early Friday morning when I filed this column that explains how the Dolphins saved their seasonn (for now) and helped keep multiple people I name from very uncomfortable questions and futures. (Please check out the column).
Back in the locker room, meanwhile, this is some of things the Dolphins were saying:
On Jonathan Martin, the starting right tackle who has been given a leave of absence from the team so he can seek treatment for emotional issues:
Joe Philbin: “I’d like to say, in regard to Jonathan, that any play with an injury or illness, our primary concern is for the health of the individual. And with respect to Jonathan, he’s been excused with a non-football illness. Our concern and support are with him, and really that’s all I’m going to say on the matter."
On Tyson Clabo, who returned to the starting lineup and replaced Martin seamlessly. He did not allow a sack:
Calbo: "I just want to do the job that I was brought here to do. I want to play at the level I’m still capable to playing at. You have to take your lumps and licks in life. When I got benched last week, I just said to myself if I got the chance to go back in there, I’m going to be ready."
On what a win does for the team's morale after suffering four consecutive defeats:
Ryan Tannehill: "It’s huge. We had our backs up against the wall for a couple weeks in a row, and we kept getting pushed further back and finally we got out of that whole a little bit. This is a huge win for us. Losing four straight, coming back and getting a team win. The defense played great, made some huge plays, getting turnovers. The offense didn’t score a lot of points, but we moved the ball when we had to there at the end of regulation, to get a field goal. We kind of righted the ship, we’re back on track a little bit, it gives us a fresh start midway through the season. We’re four and four, obviously it’s not where we wanted to be at, but that’s where we’re at. Now we’ll have to build on this from here."
Mike Wallace: "I think tonight was our first true, team win. I think everyone played great in all three phases of the game. We made some critical plays in all three phases, and it was just a big win for our team."
Phillip Wheeler: “It does a lot for us, not only record wise but our confidence, getting that losing streak off of us and I feel like we can start fresh at .500 and get some wins."