DAVIE, Fla. -- It was almost like Dolphins coach Joe Philbin preferred it this way.
After watching film of Monday's loss to the New Orleans Saints, Philbin and staff found plenty disappointment. Now, comes the fun part.
They get to see how the team responds.
The Dolphins have less than a week to get over the sting of their first defeat of the season before facing the defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens. This is when Philbin can truly gauge the resolve of his players.
"It's easy to come into work after you win every game and things are going well," Philbin said Tuesday. "We're not going to be riding the wave around here. We look for guys that have a consistent approach to every single game. Every day at work, they strive to improve. There's no magic wand we're going to wave. You've got to learn from mistakes, correct and move forward."
The players seemed to follow the lead of their leader. Most of day-after, locker-room chatter revolved around moving past what went wrong against the Saints. The turnovers? A memory. The pass defense? Yesterday's news. The way Darren Sproles exploited the run defense? Forgotten.
"It's like that with any game, win or loss," said linebacker Dannell Ellerbe, who will face his former team Sunday. "You've got to put it behind you in 24 hours, get it out of your system. You've got 16 games to play and you don't have long to study for them. You've got to put the last game behind you and look forward to winning the next one."
The Dolphins' thinking is simple. They already exceeded expectations the first month of the season, going 3-1. They would take that every month. So don't expect a bad loss, even if on national television, to dampen the mood.
"We played one of our worst games of the season," receiver Mike Wallace said. "You don't want to put too much into one loss. We're still 3-1 at the end of the month. That's a pretty good quarter (of the season). If we can do that throughout the other three quarters of the season, we'll end the season 12-4."
The Dolphins will the use to week to fix a slew of problems that included turnovers, pass defense and pass protection, probably the biggest of the concerns. Quarterback Ryan Tannehill was sacked four times against the Saints, bringing the Dolphins' league-leading total to 18. They are on pace to break the franchise record for sacks allowed of 43, set in 1969.
"We've got to protect better," guard Richie Incognito said. "As an offensive unit, I think the most discouraging thing is at times, it's one guy here and one guy there. At times, it's a breakdown with the O-line. At times, it's a breakdown with the running backs. At times, it's a breakdown with the tight end. To protect the quarterback, you really have to have all guys in sync."
Offensive coordinator Mike Sherman went far as saying the sacks are his No. 1 concern. He refused to single out any unit, calling it a group problem.
"I think we all bear the responsibilities of the sacks," Sherman said. "As a group, they're going to work hard. We had a meeting about it just recently with coach Philbin. It's something we are determined to correct ... We certainly have to minimize our exposure to sacks."
Added center Mike Pouncey, "It's not just one position group. It's all of us. We've got to do a better job of it."
Still, the most important key is the Dolphins preventing Monday's loss from affecting them the following game.
"You have to turn the page quickly," Incognito said. "It's something that's we're accustomed to here in the NFL, but especially on a short week. We have a bitter taste in our mouth. We want to get back to work."
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