Unfortunately for Pouncey, he came out on the losing end both times, including in his NFL debut against the New England Patriots at Sun Life Stadium. Even though he has also played on Thanksgiving night and on another Thursday night, the third-year lineman admits that nothing can compare to Monday night – and he and his teammates get to experience it again this coming Monday in New Orleans against the Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
“No question. You’ve got the spotlight, it’s primetime and everyone in the country is watching,” Pouncey said. “We know what kind of environment we’re going into. It’s going to be a very hostile environment. They’ve got a really good football team so we’ve got to play really well and one thing about playing on those kinds of hostile environments is you can’t beat yourself. It’s hard to beat the crowd when you’re playing from behind so we’ve got to go out there and play our best. We’ve got to start and play our game for 60 minutes.”
For rookie cornerback
As a junior in 2011, Jones was the Sun Belt Conference Special Teams Player of the Week twice and played in front of a big crowd in the GoDaddy.com bowl. This game is at a completely different level.
“I grew up in a small town of about 1,300 or 1,400 people,” said Jones, who had the biggest hit of the game last week against Atlanta when he forced a fumble on a punt return in the third quarter. “We were a big football town so everybody used to be watching and now I’m assuming everybody’s going to come out and watch on Monday night, especially knowing the fact that I’ll be playing. It’ll be the whole town and I’m looking forward to it.”
Veteran left guard
“It’s fun and it’s something you grew up with your whole life,” Incognito said. “You want to play in the National Football League and you want to play on Monday Night Football. You want to play in front of everybody and especially when you’re on Monday Night Football everyone keeps in contact as far as the players. It’s the only game on so everyone’s watching.”
Pouncey appreciates what it means to be featured on Monday Night Football and how big of an opportunity it is for the Dolphins to show a national television audience what they are made of.
“It’s awesome. I’ll tell you one thing, it shows the hard work that we put in this offseason,” he said. “I’ve seen both sides of the fence and it’s a lot better to be 3-0 than 0-3, so our mindset hasn’t changed. We’re taking it one week at a time and when this whistle blows on Monday night it’s going to be a very intense game. I know everybody’s going to be ready to play and I know they’re going to be ready to defend their home field so it’s going to be a good game.”
SATURDAY DAY FEVER
Today’s two song selections during the Dolphins’ stretching period stayed in the same genre for a rare Saturday practice inside the bubble. Young Dro’s “FDB” got things started and the closing number was “Us,” by Rick Ross featuring Drake and Lil Reese.
THIS AND THAT
Two-time Pro Bowl defensive end
THE LAST WORD
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