HBO’s “Hard Knocks” finally found a team willing to let cameras into the locker room — the Miami Dolphins.
Dolphins new head coach Joe Philbin confirmed at the start of his opening press conference Tuesday that the team would be the featured team on HBO’s show this summer during training camp.
Several teams declined the opportunity to be on the show, which didn’t air last summer due to the lockout.
“We thought it was in the best interest of the organization to do it at this time,” Philbin, who was hired last January, told reporters on Tuesday.
“We are delighted that HARD KNOCKS will be returning this summer and placing the spotlight on the Miami Dolphins, a venerable franchise that had an exciting off-season activity,” says Ken Hershman, president, HBO Sports, in a press release. “This marks the first time that the series has featured a first-year head coach (Joe Philbin) and we are extremely grateful to both Coach Philbin and the entire organization for agreeing to participate. As always, there will be plenty on the line for veterans, free agents and rookies.”
NFL Films president Steve Sabol pointed out that this will be the 40th anniversary of the 1972 Dolphins, the only team to go undefeated in both the regular season and playoffs. “It is perfectly fitting that Hard Knocks is heading to Miami to capture the start of a new era for one of the league’s proudest teams,” he said.
The first episode will air on Tuesday, August 7 at 10 p.m. ET.
The Ravens, Cowboys, Chiefs, Bengals and Jets have all been featured on previous seasons “Hard Knocks.”
The way we see it
The Dolphins have been more transparent this offseason with a new coaching staff in place and a year removed from
Bill Parcells having a role in the front office. This goes with the team’s desire to be more media- and fan-friendly.
For NFL Films, the Dolphins offer a quarterback competition, a new head coach and a well-known star in Reggie Bush. The Dolphins can use the show to get some positive attention after an offseason getting blasted by the media, and they can show off some young, unknown, up-and-coming players.