By Tom E. Curran
It's been a bleak offseason for the Miami Dolphins. Spurned and lampooned, the once-proud franchise is fighting for a toehold on the sheer face of Relevancy Mountain.
(What the hell does that mean?)
And what better way to create buzz than reality TV? The Dolphins will take the plunge.
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," HBO president Ken Hershman said in a statement. Said NFL Films president Steve Sabol, On the 40th anniversary of the greatest season in NFL history--Don Shulas perfect 72 Dolphins-- it is perfectly fitting that Hard Knocks is heading to Miami to capture the start of a new era for one of the leagues proudest teams, says NFL Films president Steve Sabol. After Hard Knocks hiatus last summer, I know our team at NFL Films cant wait to get back on the field.Featuring the Dolphins and - more specifically - Philbin (a Springfield native who went to Worcester Academy) means a delicate storyline will be in play. Philbin's son Michael died last January will Philbin was the Packers' offensive coordinator. Philbin has five other children and the family's move from Green Bay to Miami in the wake of such an incredible tragedy is something I've wondered about.
Knowing Sabol and the excellence of the Hard Knocks series, there's little doubt it will be well-presented with insight and respect.