29 May 2012

The Miami Dolphins will be on Hard Knocks in 2012

Well we finally have the participant for Hard Knocks, the HBO/NFL Films documentary program that takes the viewers inside an NFL training camp, for the 2012 NFL season and it will be the Miami Dolphins, as announced today by their new head coach, Joe Philbin. This comes after being declined by seemingly every NFL team, even though the Jacksonville Jaguars and their 35 fans were fully willing to do it, including the team that was going to be on Hard Knocks before backing out, the Atlanta Falcons. Here's why this edition of Hard Knocks, while not star studded or as controversy driven as a certain division rival would have been, could be worth watching.

Any time you have a new head coach, it makes for what should be an interesting training camp as the new guy tries to make it work with a new organization and trying to win over players from the prior regime who may feel some ties still to the prior coaching staff. With Philbin being a first-time head coach, as well as one who suffered a real tragedy in his family back in January when his son drowned in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, that could make for some fascinating, and potentially emotional, TV.

The team really does not have many big names but arguably the biggest one, running back Reggie Bush, is one that a lot of people know from his time in New Orleans, the controversy that surrounded his awesome tenure at USC, and his relationship with Kim Kardashian. Bush is coming off a breakout season with his first 1,000 yard rushing campaign and erasing doubts about whether or not he could be a full-time back.

The series also focuses on some position battles and arguably the biggest one will be at quarterback with holdover Matt Moore, free agent acquisition David Garrard and first round pick Ryan Tannehill. Tannehill is an intriguing prospect considering he has all the physical tools to be a star but he is very raw and only played quarterback full time for one season at Texas A&M, as he was the backup quarterback and a wideout with Jerrod Johnson under center. He does have the advantage of working with his college coach, offensive coordinator Mike Sherman, plus I hope the series focuses on his breathtaking wife, as well.

I mean, if I had to pick a team to focus on for Hard Knocks, the Dolphins were not it. But Hard Knocks always puts out a strong product every year and this should be quality once again.

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