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Dan Campbell on Dolphins missing the playoffs: ‘It pisses me off’


Miami Dolphins interim head coach Dan Campbell on Tuesday didn’t mince his words when discussing how the team has been eliminated from playoff contention after Monday night’s loss to the New York Giants by a score of 31-24.

“That in itself stings, and there’s no hiding that,” he said, via ESPN. “You can call it all we want. I’m not going to come in here with a smile on my face. It pisses me off, and I know it pisses those guys off in the locker room. But we created our own mess, and we’re responsible for it.”

Campbell especially bemoaned how the Dolphins (5-8) played an undisciplined game on Monday night, drawing 12 penalties for 123 yards.

Campbell was named interim head coach when the Dolphins parted ways with Joe Philbin on Oct. 5 after the team stumbled out of the gate to a 1-3 record. Campbell appeared to serve as a breath of fresh air for the struggling team, as Miami won its first two games under his leadership.

Things quickly unraveled after the minor winning streak, as the Dolphins proceeded to lose four of their next five games, during which defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle and offensive coordinator Bill Lazor were both fired.

But mostly, Campbell’s comments Tuesday represented his unhappiness with how his team has played down the stretch and said it’s time for the team to start playing younger players given how the veterans haven’t played well enough to keep the team in the playoff hunt.

“I make sure that it stings and that it hurts, because the minute you go numb to that, you’re just a loser,” he said. “So I want it to hurt. It motivates me, and it pisses me off, and it’s not too much for me to handle.

“To me, that’s how you get motivated to win, because you get tired of losing. It stinks.”