The Dolphins lost their third straight game on Monday by giving up 548 yards to the Panthers in a 45-21 thumping that dropped them to 4-5 on the season.

After the game, the message from quarterback Jay Cutler and others in the locker room was an optimistic one about the remaining seven games on the schedule. Head coach Adam Gase delivered a similar message when he spoke to the media on Tuesday.

“We lost our way for a minute,” Gase said, via Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald. “We need to regroup and get things back on track. Anytime you get in this part of the season, the games magnify. This group is pretty good at moving on. The coaching staff too. It’s our job. We have a lot of time left and ball left. It’s not like anyone is running away with anything. It’s a total disaster everywhere.”

Gase was making a joke with that last remark, but being 4-5 in the AFC doesn’t eliminate the Dolphins from playoff contention.