Dolphins coach Joe Philbin claimed that giving training camp access to Hard Knocks this summer was a football decision, but it doesn’t seem that many of the players in Philbin’s locker room believe that.
Miami running back Reggie Bush is the latest player to weigh in on the team’s decision to go on the HBO reality show, and he said he thinks there are benefits to doing the show when it comes to marketing and publicity. The problem, however, is that training camp is supposed to be about getting ready for the regular season, not about generating publicity.
“I’m on the fence,” Bush told Ben Volin of the Palm Beach Post. “Training camp is so tough as it is. You’ve got guys trying to make the team, training and fighting and scratching. At the same time, we’re trying to jell together. It adds another thing, but it will bring a lot of buzz to the city, and that’s something we can all use as a city and team.”
If Hard Knocks brings buzz to the city and the team, then Dolphins owner Stephen Ross has what he wants. But it’s easy to see why players like Bush and Dolphins tight end Anthony Fasano aren’t so sure that a reality TV show is going to help them win.