Players don't like 'Suck for Luck' movement

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--When Dolphins rookie C Mike Pouncey entered the locker room after practice on Wednesday, a crowd of reporters gathered around him to ask him questions about facing Tim Tebow, Pouncey's old college teammate at Florida. Pouncey's teammates began to loudly yell - in a joking manner - about the jovial relationship Pouncey and Tebow share.

"It's just all laughs right now," Pouncey said. "Guys, they're giving me a hard time about it."

--If the Dolphins lose on Sunday they'll be 0-6 and firmly in the race to finish with worst record in the NFL - and, thus, the No. 1 draft pick. The "Suck for Luck" movement has swept up a portion of the fan base, which wants the Dolphins to secure the top pick so they can draft Stanford QB Andrew Luck. Dolphins LB Karlos Dansby, though, said the suck for Luck talk "pisses me off." Dansby said, "It's not right, bro. It's not right. We put too much into this, man, to have the fans say that - period, point blank - or even promote that campaign. It's kind of sad."

--Dolphins coach Tony Sparano said he didn't feel any kind of hangover effect following his team's 24-6 defeat on Monday night against the New York Jets. The Dolphins began their work week later than normal because of the late return home earlier this week, but Sparano said he liked what he saw when his team returned to practice.

"The day was a little different because we started a little bit later," Sparano said. "Meetings were really good with them and they were good on the field. That's the way this group has been."

--The Dolphins' defense is in the unenviable position of having to prepare for a Broncos offense that's likely to look much different than the one that played in the team's first five games. Not only is Tebow the new starting quarterback, but the Broncos have also since departed with former top receiver Brandon Lloyd.

"I think the way they'll use Eddie Royal will be a little bit different, I'm sure," Sparano said. "And if they get (Demaryius) Thomas back into the mix and it sounds like that could happen ... they have good weapons."

--Struggles in the red zone have been a problem all season for the Dolphins and it was again on Monday night when they didn't score a touchdown in three trips inside the Jets' 20-yard line. The Dolphins now rank tied for 30th in the NFL in red-zone efficiency. They've scored touchdowns on just 33 percent of their red-zone trips. "I don't know," Dolphins quarterback Matt Moore said. "I'm sure somebody asked that question the past six weeks and I don't know if you've gotten an answer ... we've had a lack of execution down there. It's as simple as that."

--The Dolphins had two weeks to prepare for the Jets and all that extra time didn't help the Dolphins any. Now they're facing a team that has had two weeks to prepare for them. The Broncos are coming off of their bye week.

"You got to feel better facing anybody when you got two weeks to prepare for them and they only had one week," Moore said. "But I think we've got to focus on ourselves, and our execution, and produce and take advantage of what they give us and make the plays when they need to be made."

--Moore on Sunday will be playing against his former coach, John Fox, who was the head coach in Carolina during Moore's years there. Moore said that he and Fox shared "a really good relationship." Their past could help the Broncos on Sunday since Fox as much as anyone can give a detailed scouting report on Moore.

"I think he knows what I do well, I think he knows what I could work on but I don't think he's going to make that a main focus of his game plan," Moore said.

BY THE NUMBERS
1 - Number of home victories for the Dolphins since the start of the 2010 season. They were 1-7 at home last season and have lost their first two home games this season. This is their first home game in more than a month.

QUOTE TO NOTE
"Don't take this the wrong way - I don't really care. So there's that. Sorry, it's not a big answer, but I really don't. It doesn't mean one thing or another to me." -- Dolphins QB Matt Moore on the Dolphins' "Gator Day" celebration on Sunday that will honor opposing quarterback Tim Tebow.

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