The Dolphins are 6-9, and they’ve lost their last two games, and they’re not going to the playoffs, and veteran defensive end Cameron Wake believes that yes, they should have been better.
“It’s the old saying, you are what your record says you are,” Wake said after Sunday’s loss at Kansas City. “It feels like we should be better. The feeling doesn’t lie.”
Wake led the Dolphins into the playoffs for the first time last season. There will be no repeat.
“Well, you make your bed you’ve got to lay in it,” Wake said. “We didn’t do enough. We had high hopes coming in. We had, in my mind, the talent, and the situation right in front of us, over and over again. This week and last week, we had the opportunities. There is nobody to blame but the guys out there making the plays, or not making the plays. So you know, I put that on my shoulders. And I’m sure a lot of guys put it on their shoulders, as well. It should burn a little bit.”
Wake had 3 hurries and 1 quarterback hit, according to Pro Football Focus. But he also missed a great chance to sack Alex Smith.
“It’s frustrating,” Wake said. “But it would be not as frustrating as it not being nearly a sack. Obviously being successful and getting into the backfield is Phase 1, and Phase 2 is obviously getting the ball carrier on the ground. So you can’t play just half of the play. You have to play whole play, myself included. Obviously I’ve got to make those plays when they come.”
While not making excuses for this season, Wake conceded some crazy things happened (such as Hurricane Irma, Lawrence Timmons’ AWOL episode and the stunning details leading up to the dismissal of offensive line coach Chris Foerster).
“I mean if there is something that can happen in a season, we had it,” Wake said. “At the same time, I’m not a guy to make excuses. You take a look, you move on and you go back at your job. And we did that. Obviously we showed throughout the season, whatever has happened, on or off the field, we bounced back and we played games where we’ve done great. But it can’t be one game here, one game there, one game here, one game there, you have to be maxed out every play, every game. No matter what the scenario is. No matter what happened that week. No matters what’s going on in the world. At the end of the day, our job is to win games, and we didn’t do enough.
Wake was asked how he would “fix” the Dolphins.
“I would figure out a way to implement consistency,” Wake said. “Complimentary football. I mean, we’ve kind of been preaching it all season. You have to play together. And we’ve been back and forth. Offense doesn’t do a good good then defense doesn’t get off the field or vice versa. We don’t get turnovers. I mean, you can’t have the up and down, up and down. You have to play consistent football, 60 minutes, throughout the season.”