What to Watch For: Miami Dolphins on HBO’s Hard Knocks

After a long search that lasted a couple of months and received numerous rejections from other teams, HBO finally found a team to feature on Hard Knocks after the Miami Dolphins agreed to appear on the hit series for the 2012 season.

The Dolphins are coming off a disappointing 6-10 season–which included an 0-7 start–and while they may not be as interesting as the New York Jets or Atlanta Falcons, there are still plenty of interesting stories to keep an eye on during training camp that should make Hard Knocks fun to watch. Here’s a few story lines to keep an eye on when the show debuts on August 7.

Three-Way Quarterback Battle

The Dolphins were heavily criticized a few weeks ago when they selected Oklahoma State’s Brandon Weeden with the eighth overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft considering the rookie will be 29 in October. On top of that, Miami already had two quarterbacks on the roster capable of handling the starting job for the 2012 season–which made the pick even more interesting.

Weeden will compete with Matt Moore and David Garrard for the starting job at quarterback for next season and as crazy as it sounds–all three of these quarterbacks seem to have the same chance at earning the starting job heading into training camp. This may not be the most exciting quarterback battle compared to other teams, but it should at least provide some sort of entertainment for football fans.

Reggie Bush

It may have taken six seasons, but Bush finally crossed the 1,000-yard mark in rushing yards during his first season with the Dolphins last year and has even higher expectations for himself in 2012. Not only does he hope the Dolphins reach the playoffs for just the second in eight years, but Bush looks to accomplish a personal goal set out for himself–taking home the rushing title.

The chances of Bush overcoming other big-name running backs such as Maurice Jones-Drew, LeSean McCoy, or Adrian Peterson seem highly unlikely, but it will be interesting for football fans to receive an early look on what type of shape Bush is in during training camp. Plus, it should be interesting to see how well rookie Lamar Miller compliments Bush in the backfield.

Joe Philbin

The new Dolphins coach saw plenty of success over the last five seasons as the offensive coordinator for the Green Bay Packers and hopes to get Miami back to the playoffs for the first time since the 2008 season when the team finished 11-5 and won the AFC East.

The potential is certainly there for Philbin, but it should interesting to see how well he performs in his first year considering the type of players he has to work with. Miami has only recorded one winning season over the last eight years–so there will be plenty of pressure on Philbin to help get the Dolphins out of their losing ways.

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