HBO Hard Knocks
Hard Knocks is an HBO mini series that follows an NFL team during training camp. You get to see what really goes on inside the locker room, the weight room, the film room, on the practice field, and in the coach's office. This year Hard Knocks focuses in on the Miami Dolphins.
The Miami Dolphins are a great and storied football team. When you think of the Dolphins you think of Dan Marino, Don Shula, and the undefeated season. And who am I kidding the Miami Dolphins cheerleaders! If you live outside of Miami, you probably know from ESPN who their Starting Quarterback is (it's first round draft pick Ryan Tannehill) but you probably don't know where they play (it's Sun Life Stadium). The Dolphins play in a state that worships football and in a division that's probably one of the toughest.
I've watched one and a half episodes of Hard Knocks and what I've gathered from it is that Head Coach Joe Philbin is a no nonsense coach that the team will definitely grow to respect and win for. With Offensive Coordinator Mike Sherman at the helm, the players and especially the rookies will take the game seriously and possibly overachieve. They also have a very supportive wide receivers coach that is a very good motivator. The leadership of the Miami Dolphins is there and the foundation is set and I can only hope that a team like the current Dolphins win the games they're supposed to with the young group of guys that they have.
Luckily for the Dolphins, Chad Johnson was cut on camera. I'm not hating on Johnson, I like his personality and I think he's been one of the best wide receivers in all of football, but he didn't seem focused and was just too much of a distraction especially with the amount of attention that he was seeking. He forgot that football is an evolving sport filled with mega talent guys ready to take his spot. I feel bad for the guy but that's football in a nutshell. It doesn't care how you were pro bowler or if you're a first round draft pick. You're only good as your last game. HBO Hard Knocks captures those weak and difficult moments that goes on in training camp. To those that think preseason doesn't matter I suggest you watch Hard Knocks!