SBD/August 8, 2012/Media
Season Debut Of "Hard Knocks" Features Dolphins' QB Battle, Chad Johnson Drama
Published August 8, 2012
THE REVIEWS ARE IN: ESPN.com’s James Walker wrote the first episode was “a good start to what should be an interesting season” (ESPN.com, 8/7). PRO FOOTBALL TALK’s Mike Florio wrote the show “delivered what it always has: Behind-the-scenes access and insight that’s uncommon even in the NFL.” The reason the show “works, in fact, is that it isn’t really about the news but about the people” (PROFOOTBALLTALK.com, 8/7). In N.Y., Michael Shain writes Philbin likely will “end up being the show’s biggest star when the four-week series ends” (N.Y. POST, 8/8). In West Palm Beach, Ben Volin writes WR Chad Johnson was “one of the big stars of the show” (PALM BEACH POST, 8/8).
WATCH YOUR LANGUAGE: While previous HBO behind-the-scenes shows have thrived due to the salty language used by coaches, specifially Jets coach Rex Ryan and former Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau, no coaches used foul language in the initial episode. Philbin at one point told the coaching staff Johnson "met with the media today and dropped the f-bomb about seven times." Philbin: "You represent the organization, you represent everybody and it’s not the way we’re going to do it.” Philbin later told Johnson, “We’re glad you here, like what you’re doing, but we all want to be on the same page as to how we portray this organization to the public. You have a responsibility, just like I do. I have sometimes a better sense of humor than I let out too … but I temper my comments at times. You catch what I’m saying?” Johnson said, “I was just keeping it loose, having fun.” Philbin replied, “It’s just like me being a coach. If you drop one f-bomb, maybe in the right setting, it has an impact. When you say it six times, it’s like, ‘Clean up your language’” (“Hard Knocks,” HBO, 8/7).