Seven weeks into the 2012 NFL season the Miami Dolphins never faced a rookie quarterback, but this Sunday they will be facing the one at the top of the class – Andrew Luck of the Indianapolis Colts.
Unlike when they were preparing for Mark Sanchez of the New York Jets last week or any of the other veterans, the Dolphins can’t also look back at last season to try to exploit any of Luck’s tendencies. All they have to go by are the seven games he has started since replacing Peyton Manning in Indianapolis.
“He’s obviously playing well and he’s doing something right,” said Dolphins defensive end
As for Miami’s secondary, they have to be aware of Luck’s arm strength and his accuracy, which is something they get to see each day in practice from their own rookie quarterback,
“He’s a guy who can make all the throws and he’s very calm and collected out there,” cornerback
Head Coach Joe Philbin put into perspective just how daunting a task it will be for Miami on the road trying to slow Luck down.
“He’s playing well. He’s a very competitive guy. He has good awareness for a rookie,” he said. “He’s tough to keep in the pocket. He runs with the ball very well for a big guy. I think he has 11 first down scrambles if I’m not mistaken or touchdowns. He’s throwing the ball. He’s got the arm that we all thought we did. He’s a good player. He’s really good. It’s going to be a great challenge for our defense.”