Was I the only one who felt the air come out of the balloon of HBO earlier this week when they announced that the ultra-boring Miami Dolphins would be the team to be highlighted this year on “Hard Knocks”?
I know, they have a new coach (yawn) a QB battle (yawn) and some players looking to build on last season in Reggie Bush (yawn).
Bottom line – I’m not impressed by HBO’s decision. Sounds like we’re going to get a ton of the life and times of Joe Philbin, owner Stephen Ross, and a QB battle that really isn’t going to be one as everyone already knows that Ryan Tannehill will be the starter come opening day.
Today, let’s take a look at five other teams that would have been so much more interesting to watch this August when the Dolphins show up on HBO on a TV near you.
1. Indianapolis Colts – Back from the dead, if you wanted a team with a new coach, new QB and a team that wants to try and get back to the top, why wouldn’t you start with the #1 pick of the draft in Andrew Luck and the Colts? Chuck Pagano seems a lot more interesting than Philbin, and the team with some savy vets like Dwight Freeney (who’s still on the market) and Reggie Wayne, it would have been more fun to see horseshoes than fish.
2. New York Jets – I know, we’ve seen this show before, but wasn’t it a blast the first time around? Love or hate the Jets, sprinkle in Rex Ryan and now an All-American Boy like Tim Tebow, and I think watching the Jets would have been a lot more fun than the Dolphins. Watching the Jets boast for 5 shows and then flop in 2012 would be a blast to see.
3. Oakland Raiders – Not sure how this would go, but a season after the passing of Al Davis, I think this would be a fun show to see. You’ve got another new coach in Dennis Allen, and a full camp with Carson Palmer and some other solid players. A lot of people want to see what goes on inside the Raiders that makes them so crazy at times, and “Hard Knocks” would be a great place to do it.
4. Washington Redskins – See the Colts, minus the new head coach. I would love to see the first camp with RG3, as well as a team with a lot of pressure for all they did to trade up to get to draft Griffin second overall. Dan Snyder is not going to stand by and watch his team stink much longer, and this is a critical season for the Skins, and it would be fun to see.
5. Carolina Panthers- Superstar Cam Newton came out this week and already said he wants to be a better leader in 2012, and it starts in camp. The Panthers with Ron Rivera are a team on the rise, and Newton would be a huge hit on HBO instead of watching fish flop around for six weeks. The Panthers would have been a great fit for the show, and would have pushed forward a fan base that has had tough times before last season.