The Miami Dolphins will appear on this year's HBO Hard Knocks, according to a statement released by the team.
The Dolphins were tabbed as the next Hard Knocks team after numerous organizations reportedly turned HBO down. The New York Jets, Denver Broncos, Seattle Seahawks, and the Houston Texans are a few of the teams that supposedly turned down the in-depth look into their summer training camps.
For the Dolphins, it made sense to allow HBO's cameras into their locker rooms to debut a new coach and franchise quarterback.
Number one it was a football decision and it was made by the football operations staff, Dolphins coach, Joe Philbin, said. Our owner, Steve Ross, supported our decision but in no way, shape or form forced us to make this decision. I'm personally very excited about it and I shared my thoughts about it with our football team this morning. It's a football show and it's a show that's going to showcase our players and the great group of men that we have assembled here in Miami as they go through training camp.
The second thing is I think it's a great opportunity for us to connect with our fans and to the people that aren't going to be able to come out here on a daily basis in 110-degree heat index weather and watch our guys participate in training camp. The third thing is I think it's a chance for us to show the new direction, the identity of this football team, where we're headed and at the same time also connect with our past and the great history, tradition and heritage that we have here in Miami.
HBO will broadcast five, one-hour episodes beginning on Tuesday, Aug. 7.
One angle that could be explored on the show is the relationship between rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill and his wife, model, Lauren. Tannehill was the biggest hit of the NFL Draft in April after his wife was shown on television.