The Jets, 49ers, Redskins, Texans and Vikings told HBO they were not interested. Even the Seattle Seahawks turned down the chance to star under the bright lights of the annual uncensored video diary of an NFL team.
So where did HBO turn after all of it’s preferred choices said ‘No?’ Miami.
The Dolphins announced Tuesday that they have agreed to appear on the seventh season of “Hard Knocks,” which premieres Aug. 7.
That’s right, the always intriguing, genuinely provocative Miami Dolphins who have a new coach in former Green Bay Packers’ offensive coordinator Joe Philbin, still lack a proven quarterback and traded away their most colorful character when they sent wide receiver Brandon Marshall to Chicago in March.
This sounds like must-see-TV!
“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,” HBO Sports president Ken Hershman said in a statement. “This marks the first time that the series has featured a first-year head coach 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.”
The Dolphins went 6-10 last season and have made the playoffs only once in the last 10 seasons. They selected quarterback Ryan Tannehill with the eighth overall pick last month in the hope that he could finally provide them stability under center. Miami had three Pro Bowl players last year, and only linemen Jake Long and Paul Soliai are still on the roster.
But this is the show that made Rex Ryan a household name. Maybe Joe Philbin really like hands, or something. You’ll have to watch to find out!