Dolphins will be on Hard Knocks

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After several teams declined to appear and many questions about why any team would want to do it, we finally know who will appear on this summer’s installment of Hard Knocks: The Miami Dolphins.

The Dolphins announced today that they have agreed to appear on the HBO series that chronicles one NFL team’s training camp. The show will air weekly, beginning on Tuesday, August 7.

From a business perspective, the move makes sense: As local interest in the team has waned, Dolphins owner Stephen Ross has made clear that he wants his team to generate more buzz. The team that appears on Hard Knocks is always one of the most-discussed teams in the NFL in August.

And from a storytelling perspective, the producers of Hard Knocks will find plenty of storylines to explore, such as new coach Joe Philbin running a training camp for the first time and a three-man quarterback competition featuring incumbent Matt Moore, first-round draft pick Ryan Tannehill and free agent signing David Garrard all in the mix.

The biggest question, however, is whether the Dolphins are interesting enough for many football fans to care about their training camp. Coming off three straight losing seasons, the Dolphins aren’t one of the league’s marquee teams. That makes this announcement something of a surprise.

90 responses to “Dolphins will be on Hard Knocks

  1. Meh. It’s an OK choice. I think we are all spoiled since the NYJ Hard Knocks was so good. But, this was a good choice overall. There are teams out there with much more compelling storylines and teams will much less compelling storylines.

    I’ll still watch because, after all, it’s still football.

  2. And from a storytelling perspective, the producers of Hard Knocks will find plenty of storylines to explore, such as new coach Joe Philbin running a training camp for the first time and a three-man quarterback competition featuring incumbent Matt Moore, first-round draft pick Ryan Tannehill and free agent signing David Garrard all in the mix.

    A QB battle involving Matt Moore, Ryan Tannehill and David Garrard?

    Highlighting a team that has 3 straight losing seasons?

    Oh boy, I cant wait. *eyeroll*

  3. Why any team would want to do that show is beyond me. But as a Pats fan I will enjoy it. Just seems like a typical Dolphins organizations move….team seems to be headed in the right direction…..then do something as silly as this. Good luck.

  4. Considering how much of a circus it is down in Miami, interest isn’t gonna be a problem. Bold prediction: Ross is gonna be the star of the show.

  5. Oh Boy!
    Now we can see some old irrelevent celebrity “owners” make special appearances.
    Barnum and Bailey will have the freak show in one endzone, with Jimmy Buffet, J-Lo, and others tap dancing in the other.
    Stephen Ross will be at mid field announcing Vanilla Ice as the newest part owner, and the team will be getting ready for the season in the parking lot

  6. I suppose I will watch, not because it’s the dolphins, but because it’s football.

  7. I’m a big fan of this show and didn’t really care what team would be featured. I’m glad HBO was able to get a team to do the show.

  8. I wanted the Jets but that was too much to hope for, so I’ll settle for Miami. With the QB situation there and Ross’ driving thirst for positive publicity, this season of Hard Knocks will probably be worth watching. Actually, just seeing the inner workings of pre-season makes the show regardless of the team worth watching for me.

    With that said, Rex and Cromartie and the Jets set a pretty high bar in terms of being really watchable!

  9. Maybe Reggie can start screwing Kim Kardashian again and E! can do a spin off. Reggie Knocks Kim or something like that.

  10. If you film it, they will watch.

    It’s the NFL. You could make a documentary about the towel boy for the Arizona Cardinals and it would beat a playoff game from any other sport in the ratings. Won’t be as popular as the Jets would have, but people will come.

  11. Smart move by the Phins as they seem to be getting their act together and the visibility that a show like this offers can only help to speed up a chance of perception by the public. will also hopefully sell some season tickets if the story lines are interesting enough.

  12. HBO is smiling right now. They get to put JLO all over HBO while paying her 100% less than American Idol did….

    Hard Knocks sponsored by Fiat and Landshark beer

  13. I got excited for a second, then I remembered they traded Brandon Marshall.

    But then I remembered what Tannehill’s wife looks like and got excited again.

  14. Good move by HBO. A clueless owner. An inept GM. A vocally frustrated fan base. People always stop to stare at trainwrecks.

  15. Dolphins have a loyal fanbase across the country. It’s a decent move considering how many rejections HBO already received.

  16. I think you underestimate the pure interest in football people have (as evidenced by the number of people who frequent this site). Even crappy games get solid ratings.

    I think the problem this year was just getting a team to say “yes” not whether anyone would watch. Hell, I watched every episode of the the Herm Edwards Chiefs Hard Knocks season. The most intriguing storyline about that team involved Carl Peterson farting in his office…but I was still glued to the set.

  17. Worrying what team is on Hard Knocks is like worrying too much about who is on Monday Night Football.

    Yeah, it’s better if marquee teams are involved, but who’s not going to watch?

    I’d watch Hard Knocks if it showcased the Saskatchewan Rough Riders.

  18. From a business perspective, the move makes sense: As local interest in the team has waned, Dolphins owner Stephen Ross has made clear that he wants his team to generate more “buzz”.
    ==================================
    get some great players with the last name starting with the letter “B”. not a phin phan but loved the name “killer bees”.

  19. I was thinking about keeping HBO after the True Blood season ends so I could watch Hard Knocks. Well don’t need to do that now!

    People in Miami don’t care about the Dolphins, why should I?

    Well I guess that is $30 back in my pocket. I can drop HBO in August and pick it back up in April when Game of Thrones comes back on.

    Maybe next year there will be a team worth watching on Hard Knock!

  20. I hope they show players doing that awesome FINS UP gang sign they try to get people to do at the games. JLo would be so proud. Good for you dolphin fans, you guys deserve this after the offseason you had to endure. Enjoy Fins Up.

  21. realitypolice says:May 29, 2012 1:29 PM

    Worrying what team is on Hard Knocks is like worrying too much about who is on Monday Night Football.

    Yeah, it’s better if marquee teams are involved, but who’s not going to watch?

    I’d watch Hard Knocks if it showcased the Saskatchewan Rough Riders.

    ———

    The Rough Riders would probably beat the Dolphins right now.

  22. This will give the Dolphins the chance to change the perception of the organization. I look forward to watching the show and see how Tannehill is doing. I think the whole country will be impressed with Philbin.

  23. Steven Ross flew all the way to New York on his private jet to pitch his team to the producers of Hard Knocks, only to once again be left at the alter by another team. Hahahahaha

  24. That is just depressing. This will be the first year I don’t watch it. But what can you do, nobody wanted to do the show, im guessing MIA was the only team that said yes.

  25. So they turn down the Jags for the Dolphins, and at the very least the Jags have a good defense and one top offensive player compared to the Dolphins who have none. I love football and will watch but seriously this is the only team that has a roster that’s worse than the Jags.

  26. If I ran HBO I would literally pay the Dolphins to sign T.O. They need a receiver, and it makes great television… I don’t see how it could go wrong…

  27. First the Jags lose out to the Jets in the Tebow sweepstakes, now this! Have fun with that joetoronto you putz-it doesn’t even mattermy–Queue the tarp and LA move banter, meathead.

    Truth is what REALLY matters is the Jags punked the Rams with their trade with the Bucs to get Blackmon…..

  28. I think 24/7 is a better version of the show. Plus the NHL has it right the teams that are in the Winter Classic have to do it to be eligible. The NFL will most likely have to go to some sort of version of this, maybe as the build up to their Thanksgiving evening game, and feature both the teams leading up to the game.

  29. NOOOOOOOOO!!!!!
    The Dolphins are finally steering the ship in the right direction. This just adds to the sense of desperation and celebrity craving nonsense exhibited by Ross. I love the team but why air dirty laundry? Philbin has enough to worry about without having a film crew to chronicle everything. The show’s producers will skew the editing towards whatever perception they think will sell. If it were the Patriots, the show would lean towards depicting a disciplined team that is all about winning. The storyline for the Dolphins will likely exploit the current perception (fair or unfair) of a team in disarray and grasping at straws of relevance while bumbling through the preseason with a competence level resembling the bad news bears. Fair or not, accurate or not, it will be edited to sell and that could mean depicting the Dolphins as a “joke”.

  30. Truth be told, I enjoyed the seasons when Hard Knocks carried the Chiefs and Bengals.

    Neither of those teams were coming off of recent success or had high-profile prima donna athletes or coaches. (Well, I stand corrected – Ocho, B. Coyle’s wife, and Herm Edwards).

    In some ways, the watchability of this season will be testimony to the branding of the NFL product, overall. I’m betting the ratings will do well.

  31. I became a fan of hard knocks when my bengals were on it. It was great to watch, it gave us an inside perspective of what its like for those guys. I still remember the fullback battle between Jeremi Johnson, Fui Vakapuna and Chris pressley. I remember when chris pressley (our current fb) hit a guy so hard in practice he bent the face mask, and it had to be replaced. After that however he was cut, and fui got the job, only to prove nothing and stay injured. Chris caught on with the bucs and browns, before being waived, and came back to our bengals, the one we all wanted to be our FB. Ahhh memories. Sucks I dont have HBO or I would watch it!

  32. I am really hoping that America can get some insight on how Ross lines up those hot halftime shows.

    Or, this will be a great time for Ireland to show off his genius mind for personnel.

    LOL…this reeks of Ross getting desperate to sell tickets…not just to opposing fans. God Dolphin stadium more of a home game for jets/Patriots than anyone.

  33. Reminscent of the KC Chiefs year on Hard Knocks…. since the Dolphins have Zero star power on that team, I am positive we can look to some off-the-field cameo appearances by Tannehill’s girlfriend. Similar to when they had to focus on Brodie Croyle’s cute wife to get eyeballs.

  34. Should be interesting. This might be the first time I’ve watched anything involving the Dolphins since I last watched Ace Ventura

  35. One of the problems that the Phins has over the years is that they lack access. This year the organization has been trying to reach out to their fans and I like this move.

    haters are going to hate, so I’m not worried about that, but the true dolphin fan knows that they have done something like this a few years ago locally efore the Parcells and was well recieved.

    I like what Ross is trying to do and hope to see my team that I have followed all my life on national tv.

  36. Fins fans, expect to see some major growth by your young quarterbacks this summer. Coach Philbin is going to have them young guys prepared for the regular season.

  37. realnflmaster asks,

    lol who would watch the preparations of a 4th place team?

    Which is the reason why the Jets were not chosen for Hard Knocks.

  38. I don’t understand how these teams who constantly have most of their games blacked out don’t agree to be on Hard Knocks.

  39. Since I moved out of south Florida and onto the Panhandle it has been impossible to see my fins on T.V. This is a great move for the Dolphin organization. It has been a rough road since “Dan the Man” retired in ’99. Fin-atics are just hopeful and excited finally that there seems to be light at the end of the tunnel.

    Thanks Dan for all my childhood memories. You have not been forgotten.

  40. Match made in heaven.

    Nobody wants to play for the Dolphins, and nobody wants their team to be on Hard Knocks.

    They’re perfect for each other!

  41. Yeah, there’s absolutely no danger of people NOT watching this. Hard Knocks is fascinating TV, no matter what team is the focus, no matter how bad that team is or might be.

  42. As a fins fan im not too thrilled about this but as a football fan this is still better than the Colts, Jags, Browns, Rams or Seahawks. Would of killed for either the Skins (RGIII), Lions, Broncos, or 49ers.

    Guess this was the only way for us to end up on PrimeTime tv this year.

  43. You know what…I’m OK w/this. MIA still holds some cache in this league, being a big market team w/solid history. That said I’d have loved to see teams like the Colts, Browns or Redskins. All w/shiny new QBs, popular teams w/rabid fan bases….would’ve been fun to look in on.

    At least it’s not the Ravens and all their insufferable blowhards.

  44. Not sure why so many of you are bagging on this; getting to see these knuckleheads try to speak English is worth the price of admission…

  45. Better than Jags on Hard Knocks they were only team that wanted to be on it other than Phfins. I will not watch as I don’t have HBO.

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