The Miami Dolphins have agreed to be featured on the HBO documentary show "Hard Knocks," head coach Joe Philbin announced today.
This will be the seventh season of the all-access documentary show, which takes an in-depth look at one NFL team's training camp and preparations for the upcoming season. The first season of the show was broadcast in 2001 featuring the then-defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens. The show did not air prior to last season due to uncertainty over the NFL labor situation.
The Dolphins certainly have plenty of storylines to display in the show. The team has a three-way battle at quarterback, with returning team MVP Matt Moore, veteran David Garrard, and highly-touted rookie Ryan Tannehill all heading into training camp in a battle for the starting spot.
The team also has a first-year head coach in Philbin, who served as offensive coordinator for the Green Bay Packers last season. There will be star power as well, in the form of running back Reggie Bush.
Previous teams that have let "Hard Knocks" into their training camp have gone on to varying fortunes in the season itself. In 2001, the Ravens went 10-6, losing in the divisional playoffs to the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Dallas Cowboys went 5-11 and missed the playoffs in 2002 after doing the show, after which no team took part until the Kansas City Chiefs signed on for the 2007 edition. That Chiefs team went 4-12 and missed the playoffs as well.
"Hard Knocks" teams have fared better as of late. In 2008 the Cowboys were profiled again, and went on to a 9-7 record (though they missed the playoffs). The Cincinnati Bengals and New York Jets were the last two teams to be profiled, and both made the playoffs with double-digit regular season wins. The 2009-2010 Jets had the best season of any "Hard Knocks" team, reaching the AFC Championship game before losing to the Steelers.