Episode three of “Hard Knocks” premiered tonight on HBO and while it didn’t necessarily pack the same emotional punch as last week (Joe Philbin discussing the death of his son, Chad Johnson being cut), there was plenty of great behind-the-scenes access to the last week of Dolphins training camp.
The show ended with Matt Moore and Ryan Tannehill being told that the rookie has been named the starting quarterback, but a lot led to that moment and to that decision.
After a Friday night dropped pass and a Saturday night arrest, Johnson’s contract was terminated by the team on Sunday and the show was there to capture much of what was a very intense weekend in South Florida.
Things, began, though, on an even more serious note, as the show opened with the death of Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid’s son.
Fins fans from around the country tonight got their first taste of an unbelievably up-close and intimate look at their team as “Hard Knocks, Training Camp with the Miami Dolphins” premiered and shed immediate light on not only the 2012 Dolphins but on the reality of life in the NFL.
From the moment the show began, with the introduction of wide-eyed undrafted rookie free agent Derek Dennis, who was cut even before the first practice, you could tell that viewers were going to be exposed to things that they wouldn’t otherwise be able to see and experience.