You never know when those losses are going to hurt you toward the end of the season.
Win or lose, theres a real chance that Sunday will be Bushs last game in a Dolphins uniform. Same goes for Brian Hartline, Sean Smith, Randy Starks and the rest of the roughly 20 Dolphins players whose contracts expire at years end.
Even if Miami somehow gets in, theres no way the city will host a playoff game in any round. And so, Sunday will bring an end to a Dolphins home season that will likely go down as the least-attended in more than two decades.
Through Week 15, the Dolphins average home attendance 57,795 was fourth-worst in the league.
The Dolphins avoided any blackouts by taking advantage of new league rules that consider games a sellout if teams sell 85 percent of non-premium seats.
The organization made it a point to reach that threshold for each game, but often only by buying up remaining inventory to get over the hump. Last weeks win over Jacksonville was played in front of a one-third empty stadium, and even with playoff ramifications, Sunday might not be much better.
As for the pending free agents, its too early for the long goodbye. They say theres simply too much to play for.
There will come a time for the business side of football, but right now weve still got two games left, and I want to finish the season strong, Bush said.
Added Cameron Wake: Were always the best friend and not the date. I want to go out there and play. But at the end of the day, we cant blame anybody but ourselves. We are where we are.