Last night’s installment of Hard Knocks gave an in-depth look into the human side of the NFL and what it’s like for a young player. We first take a look at rookie QB Ryan Tannehill, who is fresh off being named the starter, ask another player about another player. Apparently, that particular player that he asked about was cut, which was unknown to the rookie signal caller. We see the inevitable fate of rookie TE Les Brown, who has struggled the entire preseason. The Dolphins were banking on Brown to be the next basketball player turned elite TE, but because of his ineptitude at blocking, he became a liability. Brown was noticeably upset, and it was sad to see, but it definitely wasn’t the saddest part of this episode. Continue reading
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This weeks’ episode of Hard Knocks picks up after the Chad Johnson fiasco. LB Karlos Dansby told the media of his disappointment in the organization not standing behind Chad. The rest of the team apparently had mixed feelings, but I found it very interesting to see that team leaders, which consisted of Dansby, Reggie Bush, and Jake Long, meeting with Coach Philbin, about starting a “peer counseling” group to keep players on the straight and narrow.
Chad’s absence brings a bigger problem: Who do the Dolphins have to fill the spot at receiver? Last night, we saw a bevy WRs that weren’t particularly impressive. Philbin said that his gut told him that Chad wouldn’t fit on the team. What is his gut saying now? Continue reading
This week’s installment of HBO’s Hard Knocks was really good television. I’m not quite sure what I expected to see, but most of what I saw was completely unexpected. It may have been one of the best episodes of the program that I have ever seen. Here are 10 of the most riveting and entertaining moments of tonight’s episode:
10. Ryan Tannehill singing “Lean On Me” in a team meeting
9. The bad rookie haircuts and shaved eyebrows. Coach Philbin didn’t seem amused
8. Sports Illustrated’s Peter King with Coach Philbin, nosing around
7. Mike Sherman telling a struggling TE that he would cut him today if he were the GM
6. Dolphin great Bob Griese asking about Tannehill. The past interested in the future
5. The coaches nicknaming a slow receiver, Ankle Weight Wallace
4. QB David Garrard injuring his knee right before the first preseason game
3. Offensive line and their Band of Brothers mentality
2. Coach Philbin opening up about the death of his son in December
1. Chad Johnson: I heard about it, but him getting cut was shocking. He came straight in from jail. A very shameful and apologetic Chad reminded his coach that he’s never been in trouble before. Philbin’s response: This is not the right fit, things aren’t meshing. It was just sad to watch. Unfortunately, this is a pitiful way to end a productive career. This show has always done a remarkable job giving fans an inside few of what happens during training camp. Hands down, the most intense Hard Knocks episode I’ve ever watched.
Last night marked the return of Hard Knocks on HBO, which features the Miami Dolphins. We haven’t had the privilege of seeing a team this up close since the HBO highlighted the Jets two years go. Needless to say, it’s good to have Hard Knocks back.
The start of the program shows many things. We see new head coach Joe Philbin, who looks a lot like legendary cab Tom Landry, as he meets with his coaching staff to discuss roster moves and casualties. Next players begin checking into what looks like a 4 star hotel at the beginning of training camp.
Owner Stephen Ross is peppered with questions about why he kept Jeff Ireland as the general manager, even after the bad seasons. Ross tiptoed around the question, only to say that it’s a new season and he expects success. Ireland is a familiar face, but there are few new faces in the bunch. There’s rookie QB Ryan Tannehill, who was an early camp holdout. There’s also veteran signal caller, David Garrard. Tannehill is the future, but Garrard started training camp at the top of the depth chart, with Matt Moore in the second spot behind Tannehill. This may be the most entertaining quarterback controversy. It’s great to be able to see this unfold on tv. Continue reading
It’s official: Our favorite players are heading back to work for the 2012-2013 NFL Season! I’m excited, but I also have concerns.
Atlanta Falcons: How will the loss of Lofa Tatupu effect the Falcon defense? Tatupu was placed on season ending IR yesterday. Arizona Cardinals: Which quarterback will be throwing the ball to Larry Fitzgerald? Apparently the team is split down the middle between Kevin Kolb and John Skelton.
Baltimore Ravens: Is this the year that Joe Flacco becomes an elite QB? This summer Flacco declared himself the best NFL QB. On top of that, Ron Jaworski put him on the list of top quarterbacks.
Buffalo Bills: Will Fred Jackson rebound after a season ending injury halted his breakout season? Last week, the Bills announced that Jackson will be sharing the load with CJ Spiller.
Carolina Panthers: Does OL Ryan Khalil know something that the rest of us don’t know? Just today, Khalil made a shocking statement that the Panthers will win the Super Bowl.
Cincinnati Bengals: Will Andy Dalton and AJ Green build on their rookie year, or will they hit a sophomore slump? Dalton threw for 20 TDs and Green had over 1000 yards receiving.
Chicago Bears: Will Jay Cutler and Brandon Marshall rekindle the flame they lit while in Denver? They both had their best statistical years in the Mile High City.
Cleveland Browns: Has Mike Holmgren found his new franchise QB in Brandon Weeden? Holmgren had special relationships with Brett Favre in Green Bay, and Matt Hasselbeck in Seattle. Continue reading