Talk about an emotional roller coaster of an episode. The Miami Dolphins' second episode of HBO's Hard Knocks: Training Camp with the Miami Dolphins pulled no punches tonight. Here are my immediate thoughts of the show:
Stars of the Show:
- Head coach Joe Philbin
- Tight end Les Brown
- The show opened with a look at head coach Joe Philbin, and the sad tie he now has with Andy Reid, after both losing their son this year. Philbin's wife went to the funeral.
- TEs - Les Brown is working at it, he just has to get better at blocking; When will the coaches just move Brown to WR?; Fasano clearly ahead of all other TEs - being used to mentor; TEs as a group not where Mike Sherman and offensive coaches want them
- QBs - Garrard atop the depth chart; Tannehill is trying to go from "hotshot prospect to starting NFL QB"; Random scene of Bob Griese talking to Joe Philbin about Tannehill
Quotes of the show:
- "They, unfortunately, share a kind of bond." - Joe Philbin about his wife and Andy Reid's wife, having both lost their sons
- "I've got nothing to say about you except you aren't good enough." - Mike Sherman about Charles Clay
- "I would cut you today if I were the General Manager." - Mike Sherman to Michael Egnew
- "I'm so fundamentally sound, coach. I know." -David Garrard
- "Please don't dive out here on the practice field." - Garrard to RT17
- "Glad we're such a first class organization, Josh. Way to go." - Philbin
- What is it that's separating you from being an NFL starter?...You have to figure that out." - Assistant GM Brian Gain to Wallace
- "Ankle Weights Wallace" - Unidentified coach
- "And the desk was up about six inches." - Jim Turner
- "Gosh Daggit. Goooosh Daggit." - Sherman after Moore INT
- " AS soon as I did it, I was like ‘What am I doing?'" - RT17 on dive forward
- "When things are good, it's good. When things aren't so good, it can be a tad...you know." - Philbin
Another good episode. Starting with the Garrett Reid story was hard, and ending with Johnson/Philbin meeting was hard - for completely different reasons. Obviously, the show had a great drama story line this week, that it's going to have to replace next week, since Johnson is now gone.
Should be fun to see where the team, and the show, goes during this next week.
What did you see? And, read the whole recap tomorrow morning.