The Miami Dolphins are set to debut on HBO's Hard Knocks in just over one month's time. The HBO crews, meanwhile, have already started rehearsals for the show, spending time at the Dolphins' minicamp last week. During that time, the crew and the Dolphins' players and coaches interacted and worked out some of the kinks of the show, prior to production begins later this month.
Friday, Rob Gehring, from NFL Films and the director for this season of Hard Knocks, joined the Finsiders, the Miami Dolphins' radio show, and talked up the Dolphins' first year head coach Joe Philbin:
"When you're around him, you're kind of like, OK, this is a guy who can turn this thing around," said Gehring. "He's a leader. I almost equate him to a field general. After having just been around him for less than a month, I'm like, I'll run through a wall for that guy."
Gehring has twice previously directed seasons of Hard Knocks; first in 2007 featuring the Kansas City Chiefs, and then again in 2008 with the Dallas Cowboys.
While Gehiring may believe Philbin can turn the Dolphins around, and is ready to run through a wall for the former Green Bay Packers' offensive coordinator, it's the fans watching the show that will ultimately be trying to get an impression of the new coach. From those who have met him say, Philbin may just have all of us motivated to run through a wall for him before the show is over.