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"Hard Knocks" Garners Praise For Highlighting Chad Johnson's Release From Dolphins
Published August 15, 2012
LETTING YOU GO: Philbin addressed the Dolphins after Johnson was arrested for domestic abuse and told them, “We’ve worked long and hard to make this a professional working environment and we got a lot of work to do.” Speaking on the phone, Philbin said, “His temperament isn’t great for us.” Philbin then met with Johnson, with Johnson saying, “I let you down a little bit. Well, a lot. I understand what you’re doing. You got the message across clear the first day we met ... and I apologize for embarrassing you and this organization.” Philbin: “I appreciate that, I respect that ... and I hope you know that everything I do -- to the best of my ability -- I attempt to put some thought behind what we do. ... I do my best not to fly off the handle and act irrational. It’s just I don’t know that this is working for the benefit of you, me and Miami Dolphins.” Philbin that it was “not really just last night” in regards to his arrest, but said, “I don’t see the mesh right now ... and I just think it’s best for both of us if we kind of part ways” ("Hard Knocks," HBO, 8/14).
PHILBIN'S LOSS: In Ft. Lauderdale, Izzy Gould notes HBO “cautioned viewers not to miss the first five minutes, going as far as saying the episode was one of the proudest moments in the training camp series,” and the “final product did not disappoint.” Viewers had to “wait until the end of the show to see the meeting” between Johnson and Philbin after Johnson was released from jail. Gould: “So what happened in those first five minutes? The show begins with the news of the death of the son of Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid. First-year coach Joe Philbin talks about the death of his son Michael, who died in January. Philbin's wife attended Reid's son's funeral. Philbin maintained his even demeanor throughout the reflection of his son's passing” (South Florida SUN-SENTINEL, 8/15).