Originally written on This Given Sunday  |  Last updated 11/8/14

This week after the Texans walked all over the Dolphins; JJ Watt who had a dominating game went on Pro Football Talk and told them “It’s something you can really pick up (from) just about any TV copy. But I watched that, and that’s one thing I picked up. I used that a little bit.”

Watt claims that he was able to pick up on snap counts from watching the always entertaining Hard Knocks and use it to his benefit Sunday. He later backtracked a bit saying “Once the game gets going, you pick it up anyways, so it wasn’t a huge advantage, but any little thing can help,” he told PFT.

While Watt’s comments just add to the long laundry list of reasons why the Dolphins shouldn’t have allowed HBO to walk into their facilities, his comments are perhaps a little overblown and most likely not even 100% accurate.

More Hard Knocks news came out this week as training camp cult hero “7-11” was recently cut. Hard Knocks this season came with the Chad Johnson drama, the Vontae Davis’s Grandma story and even president Obama mocking the Phins. (Note Dolphins owner Stephen Ross is a big Republican and Mitt Romney supporter)

The Dolphins went on Hard Knocks with the intentions of being more transparent with their fans as well as attempting to help their public image with the national media. I would say that both resulted in an EPIC FAIL. The laughing reel on the Dolphins has not slowed down, and coming out of the gates with a 30-10 loss which featured 4 consecutive turnovers probably doesn’t help.

Dolphin’s players all most all conclusively said they were happy when the camera’s left Davie, Florida.

With that being said, Hard Knocks should not shoulder the blame if the Dolphins don’t succeed. Despite the cameras being in everyone’s face and HBO featuring stories that most teams would want hush hush, the program usually leads to quite the success rate.

2010 – New York Jets – Despite featuring Darrell Revis’ holdout and players eating McDonald right before practice the team finished 11-5 and made it to the AFC Championship game.

2009- Cincinnati Bengals – Despite the “ Child Please “ and “Kiss The Baby “ drama created by Chad Johnson and TO, the team managed a 10-6 record and wildcard appearance.

2008- Dallas Cowboys – Nothing to write home about but finished with a 9-7 record

2007 Kansas City Chiefs – Were one of the few to post a losing record

2001 Baltimore Ravens – Finished 10-6 and won a playoff game but they were also coming off a Super Bowl championship

As you can see Hard Knocks has usually led to success, therefore if the Dolphins find themselves 3-13 by the seasons end they will have no one to blame but themselves.

[follow]

MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Jameis Winston cleared in code of conduct case

Sherman: Patrick Peterson would be benched on Seahawks

Fans struck by lightning after Buccaneers-Packers game

Report: Philip Rivers playing through painful back injury

Report: Bears could have interest in Jim Harbaugh

Report: Shanahan interested in coaching next season

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Report: Michigan has its eye on several NFL coaches

Report: Titans, Jay Cutler have mutual interest in trade

Phillies GM told Ryan Howard team is better off without him

Report: Browns interested in drafting Marcus Mariota

Chargers keep playoff hopes alive with comeback win

Robin Lopez responds to Khloe Kardashian dating rumors

WATCH: Three players ejected after Giants-Rams fight

WATCH: Dominic Raiola stomps on Bears player's ankle

WATCH: Arian Foster throws TD pass, drops scoreboard taunt

WATCH: Johnny Manziel leaves with injury after taking big hit

NHL has warned 22 players about diving

Nick Mangold wears NYDP hat to honor fallen officers

Five things we learned from the first day of bowl games

WATCH: South Alabama coach bloodied after kick to the face

Dan Mullen wears funny 'Christmas Vacation' sweater

WATCH: Redskins FB gets in Eagles fan's face after TD

WATCH: Utah runs trick play on first offensive play of game

Mick Cronin misses game with unruptured aneurysm

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

Raiola stomps on Bears player's ankle

Bears interested in Jim Harbaugh?

Shanahan to return to 2015?

Browns interested in drafting Mariota?

Mullen wears funny Christmas sweater

RG3 returning to Redskins?

Tom Izzo hot after bad loss

Kings, Nets talking Deron Williams trade

WATCH: DeSean mocks Eagles

Vick: Winston is the future of the NFL

No NFL team in LA next season?

UNC rocking Jordan-era throwbacks

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.