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 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