Cameron Wake will turn 32 in a few weeks. Between now and then, he will appear in his third Pro Bowl.
He will not, however, appear in his first playoff game.
Another year has come and gone, and Wake is still waiting for his first postseason appearance. And considering the excruciatingly short shelf life of an NFL player, who knows if he will ever get a chance as good as the one the Dolphins squandered Sunday.
A win would have put Miami in the playoffs. Instead, the Dolphins got blitzed by the Jets 20-7, sending Wake off into yet another disappointing offseason.
“This league, you get 16 opportunities,” Wake said. “It’s not like some other sports where you get to swing the bat 1,000 times. ... Here I am, I haven’t stepped foot on a playoff field yet.”
Added Wake: “To let another one slip away, it is tough.”
Wake, who managed two tackles Sunday, finished his fifth NFL season with 8 1/2 sacks and two forced fumbles.
Legendary Dolphins coach Don Shula had praise for both Ryan Tannehill and Joe Philbin before Sunday’s game, saying of Philbin: “I think he’s the right man for the job.”
Shula spoke with reporters after Sunday’s Walk of Fame ceremony, during which Kim Bokamper, Mercury Morris, O.J. McDuffie and Keith Sims formally were inducted into the team’s exclusive alumni club.
Philbin, Shula said, is “a heck of a guy,” and “you can see the imprint on what’s happening here and the people he’s hiring and the way they’re playing.”
Other Shula musings:
• On Tannehill, the Dolphins’ second-year quarterback: “He’s just going to keep getting better.”
• On the Dolphins’ season as a whole: “You see a lot of good things. The young quarterback, Tannehill, and a receiver that can get deep. Defensively they’re pretty good. They’re pretty strong defensively. Everybody is sort of going along at the same pace.”
This and that
• Running back Daniel Thomas worked out his injured ankle for Philbin before Sunday’s game and showed him enough to play. Thomas had just two carries, however, but didn’t manage a single yard.
• Nate Garner started at left guard Sunday, but Sam Brenner also rotated into the game.
• Mike Wallace’s 73 catches this year were a career best. However, he had a career-worst five touchdowns and said after the game the team left 15 scores on the field this year.
• Dolphins inactives: CB Jalil Brown, QB Pat Devlin, RB Mike Gillislee, CB Will Davis, G Danny Watkins, G David Arkin, DT A.J. Francis.
• Tannehill, Jimmy Wilson and Jason Trusnik served as the Dolphins captains.