Found June 15, 2012 on The Jersey Jets Fan:

Miami Dolphins: A Hard Knock against Hard Knocks


Tight end Anthony Fasano, a Parcells draft pick in Dallas for whom Parcells traded once the Tuna got to Miami, told Bob Papa and Ross Tucker of SiriusXM NFL Radio that Fasano wasn’t happy when he heard the news.

Fasano says plenty of his teammates weren’t, either.

“I wasn’t too thrilled to tell you the truth,” Fasano said. “I think we were informed at a team meeting and there were a lot of groans when it was announced. But we’re going to have to deal with it and try not to let it be a distraction.  But it’s going to be fun for the fans and should be interesting to see, even for some of the players, behind the scenes of the team.”

So why were there groans?

“I don’t know what kind of advantage it gives us as a football team having the show in there, and creating storylines that might not be storylines for the television show,” Fasano said. “I don’t know if it is totally accurate in some situations, that I’ve heard in the past. But just looking at it from a football standpoint and having camp be a time for our team to get ready for a season that we’re going to try to make a run at the playoffs, I don’t know how much that’s helping our team.” -PFT

Part of me is sitting here agreeing with every single word that Anthony Fasano is saying. The Dolphins are the laughing stock of the AFC East and the team really needs to concentrate on winning football games, not filming a television series. Hard Knocks is definitely distracting to the players and coaches, but it’s not the end all/be all of a season. If you recall, the Jets made it to the AFC Championship game the season in which Hard Knocks was filmed during training camp, which was the exact same result as the previous season.

The Dolphins have some serious work cut out for them in the competitive AFC East this year and I don’t exactly think that bringing Hard Knocks into camp is going to help things improve at all. I’d normally rip the Dolphins to shreds for their pathetic franchise, poking fun at Marc Anthony and Jennifer Lopez running around the stadium with Jimmy Buffet playing “Margartaville” while the Dolphins are down by 21, but I think I’ll let the always sarcastic Mike Florio do it instead.

Here’s how it helps the team, Tony. Because the franchise can’t get attention the old-fashioned way (you know, by winning more games than it loses), the franchise has to resort to other strategies for putting asses in all those ugly orange seats.

Or at least in half of them.

So while coach Joe Philbin called it a “football decision,” Fasano knows it wasn’t. -Mike Florio

And boom goes the dynamite. Even from a TV entertainment prospective, the Miami Dolphins seem like a very boring choice for HBO. There aren’t too many star caliber players on the Dolphins, with the exception of Jake Long (I don’t consider Reggie Bush to be a star after one 1,000-yard season and don’t even get started on OchoNATA). The most interesting part of the series will likely be the un-drafted free agents and the guys struggling to make the team. That’s always been the most fascinating part of Hard Knocks and I suspect that will continue, especially with the lack of quality household names on the Dolphins.


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