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NFL Films Responds To Critics On Choice Of Dolphins For "Hard Knocks"
Published May 31, 2012
IS IT A GOOD MOVE? In West Palm Beach, Dave George writes the Dolphins are "flicking a major switch when it comes to inviting HBO's omnipresent Hard Knocks camera crew to training camp this summer," as the team "has been stuck in mockumentary mode for so long that a nice, football-heavy documentary could do wonders for rebuilding the Dolphins' national reputation." It will give the Dolphins "something of an identity again," as even the "mundane process of coaches digging through practice tapes and discussing the progress of borderline players will show that someone at Davie is thinking, and thinking hard, about making this team better" (PALM BEACH POST, 5/31). However, ESPN’s Doug Gottlieb said the move is not a football decision because Owner Stephen Ross “likes stars, he likes attention." Gottlieb: "That’s why he likes to be the one team -- outside of Jacksonville -- that said, ‘Come on in with your cameras.’ Nothing to do with football.” The Miami Herald’s Israel Gutierrez said, “The only way it’s a football decision is if they’re trying to clear up sort of the reputation of Jeff Ireland as a bad GM and the leadership in the Dolphins organization" (“Numbers Never Lie,” ESPN2, 5/30).