'Hard Knocks': HBO recruits Miami Dolphins
After struggling to find an NFL team to chronicle for its seventh season, HBO’s Hard Knocks has landed in Little Havana, reports the Washington Post. The sports miniseries will focus on the Miami Dolphins, who accepted the opportunity to step into the spotlight after the Seattle Seahawks, New York Jets, San Francisco 49ers, Washington Redskins, Houston Texans, and Minnesota Vikings all told the network “no thanks.”
According to the Post, the team will struggle with, among other things, the search for a franchise quarterback (all hopes are pinned on rookie Ryan Tannehill), the loss of wide receiver Brandon Marshall, and breaking in new coach Joe Philbin, who formerly worked as the offensive coordinator for the Green Bay Packers. The road to the Super Bowl will be an uphill battle for a team that has reached the playoffs only once in the last decade.
Still, HBO Sports president Ken Hershman called the Dolphins “a venerable franchise,” and said, “As always, there will be plenty on the line for veterans, free agents and rookies.”
The new season of Hard Knocks premieres of Aug. 7.