Hard Knocks is an entertaining TV show, but most NFL teams have declined to participate because they think putting every detail of training camp on TV causes competitive disadvantages. Dolphins running back Reggie Bush thinks those teams are on to something.
Bush told reporters on Wednesday that his teammates weren’t in favor of Hard Knocks and he doesn’t think the show did anything to help the Dolphins.
“I don’t think guys were in favor of it, but we used it to our best advantage and just had fun with it and made the most of it (and) tried to continue to play football,” Bush said “I don’t think it helped us. I guess, if anything, it was a great show. I think they do a great job at capturing just what it takes to be in the NFL, to go through an NFL season and training camp, the business side of things, sports side of things. I think that’s great for fans. I think, for football players, I don’t think it makes or breaks us. I think a lot of guys probably prefer not to have the show around because then you kind of have to watch what you say and how you act, speak differently and walk differently.”
Multiple Dolphins players told Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald that they didn’t like the idea of Hard Knocks, and Salguero reports that most of the personnel department didn’t like doing the show either. So while Dolphins owner Stephen Ross and coach Joe Philbin have defended doing the show, the majority of the people on camera would have preferred to conduct their training camp business quietly.