Originally posted on Fox Sports Florida  |  Last updated 10/31/12
DAVIE, Fla. The "Suck for Luck" campaign was in full force a year ago. The Miami Dolphins were 0-7 and in position to land Andrew Luck with the top pick in the NFL Draft. It didn't happen. The Dolphins suddenly turned matters around and finished 6-10. Indianapolis ended up with the highly touted quarterback. But the Dolphins have come out OK. They managed to get quarterback Ryan Tannehill with the No. 8 selection. Several Miami players, including center Mike Pouncey, defensive end Cameron Wake and backup quarterback Matt Moore, say Tannehill is the best rookie quarterback in the NFL. That's right. Better than Luck. Better than Robert Griffin III, taken No. 2 by Washington. Another guy on the Dolphins who believes Tannehill is better than Luck is rookie tackle Jonathan Martin, who just happens to be Luck's former Stanford teammate. The two are good friends who talk on the phone weekly. "Obviously, I'm a fan of Andrew," Martin said. "He's a good friend. But, at the same time, I support our guy. He's doing a great job for us and I think he's been playing the best ball of all rookie quarterbacks. ... (Luck) might be a little mad at me (for saying that), but whatever." If the No. 1 pick is upset, he can take it up with Martin when the Dolphins and Colts meet Sunday in Indianapolis. It would mark the first time Tannehill goes against another member of the 2012 star-studded rookie quarterback class. Tannehill's status is somewhat in doubt due to being knocked out in the first quarter last Sunday against the New York Jets with a left hyper-extended knee and bruised quad. But Tannehill did some practice work Wednesday while wearing a brace. Wide receiver Brian Hartline is "confident" Tannehill will play. Tannehill is hopeful. "I want to play obviously," said Tannehill, who would be replaced by Moore if he can't go. "I want to be out there. I'm just going to do everything I can to be ready and hopefully that's the case." It would be interesting to see how the two rookies match up. Both have led their teams to surprising 4-3 records. "I'm sure it will be really fun for the fans, seeing two rookie quarterbacks going head-to-head," Miami running back Reggie Bush said. "Obviously, two guys who are going to have long careers in this league ... two special players, and hopefully Tannehill wins. For Luck, it would be his second regular-season game against another rookie starting quarterback. The Colts won 17-13 over Cleveland, featuring Brandon Weeden, on Oct. 21. Weeden is one of five NFL rookies starting quarterbacks. The fifth is Seattle's Russell Wilson, a third-round pick and the only one not to have been taken in the first round. "I guess it is fun to be able to talk to them after the game, win or loss because you know them," Luck said about facing another rookie. "But I don't know. I've never really got into who the opposing quarterback is thing. I worry a little bit more about what the defense is doing." It sounded as if Luck and Tannehill compared notes. "Yeah, I think it's interesting," Tannehill said of possibly facing Luck. "It's a storyline as I'm sure (the media) will make it. I think it's exciting for a lot of people, but, as players on the field, we're both, you're not really thinking about the other quarterback of the other team no matter who it is. You're thinking about their defense and the guys on your team. At least Dolphins fans are much more positive about their team than at this time last year. The Dolphins were going nowhere, and some fans actually were rooting for them to lose in order to get Luck. Luck heard about it. He wasn't thrilled. "I wasn't too fond of that idea when someone brought it to my attention," said Luck, who called Tannehill a "fun guy to watch" and said "he can make all the throws." "I've never believed that fans should encourage their team to lose. Things tend to work out in a good way. I'm glad that both organizations are headed into the right direction. Midway through the season, Tannehill has a higher passing efficiency rating than Luck. He's completed 120-of-203 passes (59.1 percent) for 1,472 yards with four touchdowns and six interceptions. Luck is 160 of 288 (55.6 percent) for 1,971 yards with eight touchdowns and eight interceptions. Now, the two could settle some arguments on the field. "I think that will be big time," Moore said of the matchup. "They were both top-10 picks and they're both playing at a high level. ... It should be great for the fans." One thing is for sure. Unlike last season, Dolphins fans will be rooting for their team to win. Chris Tomasson can be reached at christomasson@hotmail.com or on Twitter@christomasson
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