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Hard Knocks review: Episode 2

Hard Knocks just concluded. Without further delay my thoughts...

Episode 2 had heroes, goats, raised questions, caused some laughs, and tugged at some heartstrings.

The heartstrings: Coach Joe Philbin's wife, Diane, attended the funeral for Andy Reid's son Garrett, who was found dead in his dorm room at the Eagles training camp last week. Obviously the Philbins now share a sad, terrible common pain with the Reids as they also lost their son, Michael, last January.

The goats: Every tight end not named Anthony Fasano has had his moments of utter ineptitude. Les Brown still cannot block. "He's not built like a normal tight end, he's built more like a wide receiver," tight end coach Dan Campbell said. Brown is definitely a project -- at best.

Rookie draft pick Michael Egnew couldn't hear snaps counts, didn't know plays and has this perpetual deer-in-headlights look that is troubling. In a meeting, offensive coordinator Mike Sherman tells him, "I'd cut you today if I was the general manager. I would cut you. Get your head out of your (butt). You were drafted as a high pick. Get your (bleep) going. It's not good enough."

Charles Clay similarly is having trouble with the plays. "Charles, I'm telling you right now, I've got nothing to say about you at these meetings other than, he's not doing his job," Sherman tells Clay in a meeting. "You hurt us the other day."

During the same meeting, Sherman tells the tight ends, "We watch a practice like this, we're calling tight ends around the league. That's how it works. There's no full scholarship."

It should be said, Clay played well against Tampa Bay. Egnew was relevent. Brown barely played and didn't catch a pass. Roberto Wallace also played well in the preseason-opener but coaches are still wondering why he's not a star.

The man has height, weight, speed, athletic ability. Even the Dolphins aren't sure why he's not better. And then we find out during a meeting ...

Coaches joke in that meeting about how Wallace cannot separate from the defender. They start calling him, "ankle weights Wallace."

Obviously, Chad Johnson had his time on the show. He didn't know some of the plays. He makes "a rookie (bleeping) mistake" by his own admission. And of, course, he got cut. The Hard Knocks folks had the entire meeting between Johnson and Philbin in which the veteran was cut. Great work by them.

The heroes: Chris Hogan, whom I told you about two weeks ago on multiple occasions, has earned himself a nickname if not a big promotion from third and fourth-team work: "Always open." Reggie Bush calls him 7-11. "Always open."

"I can live with that nickname," said Hogan, who didn't catch a pass in the preseason-opener but was wide open for a TD. Pat Devlin didn't see him.

The offensive line got approximately two minutes on the show. It's Jake Long and Jacquies Smith getting into a little shoving match that is quickly joined by Richie Incognito, who then announces the offensive is a band of brothers and if you mess with one, you mess with all. That's cool. As long as they, you know, block.

The laughs: The Dolphins have taken to giving their rookies the worst and most embarrassing haircuts on Earth. It is rookie hazing at its height. The worst happened to Josh Samuda, who lost his eyebrows to a razor and had a mohawk shaved into his head in the shape of a penis. Funny. For a pay cable channel. "Glad we're such a first-class organization, Josh," Philbin tells the player in a meeting.

Classy.

And finally this question: Philbin has this policy he's contrived in which he refuses to even address that injuries happen. He was asked about David Garrard after last Friday's game but refused to explain why his starting quarterback didn't play, citing this policy. Great, I get it. You don't want to give opponents a heads up on injuries.

Except that on Hard Knocks, we find out Garrard suffered his left knee injury while playing with his kids in a pool -- which is a non-football injury. We learn Garrard had 100 cc of fluid drained from the knee the night before the game. We find out the Dolphins really expect him to miss 3-to-4 weeks instead of the 2-to-4 weeks Garrard's camp has been putting out there through back channels.

So much for competitive advantage. Ridiculous.

 

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Liked what I saw from the Hogan kid.

First...and second.

While hitting a woman is intolerable, I feel for chad.... Wife, tv show and job gone in 3 days... Seeing a good career come to an end is painful... Again, chad, don't hit women, thats some stupid $hit there...

Mando I just read the Adam Beasley article saying Chad Johnson was "begging" to stay with the Dolphins on Hard Knocks...

Your co-worker is definitely reaching on that one IMO.

enough with Chad.....will be forgotten in a week.....cant be head butting a woman, then making it worse by saying she head butted him.....hey dude, chicks don't headbutt....thats a guy thing.....grow up--intrigued by Hogan, give the kid more opportunities and lets see.....Egnew will be fine, talented kid who is clearly overmatched at the moment, will take some time.....enough of Brown already, nice story but gets a decent chunk of 2 episodes?....thats a lot for a guy thats gonna get cut.....but his girlfriend is hot so that works--still can't understand how WRs from major programs drop so many balls.....hope Tanny starts.

Ireland got Egnew for Marshall LMAO!

So now we find out this kid Egnew is an egg head. Mike Sherman tells him, "I'd cut you today if I was the general manager. I would cut you. Get your head out of your (butt). You were drafted as a high pick. Get your (bleep) going. It's not good enough."

During the same meeting, Sherman tells the tight ends, "We watch a practice like this, we're calling tight ends around the league. That's how it works. There's no full scholarship."

Goo stuff from Sherman. LOL

Hogan, a Wes Welker? But diffidently Slot receiver!!

These players are too dumb to learn the plays. Bleacher Report said Garrard couldnt learn the plays either.

Imbeginning to like Mike Sherman as oc! LOL

Hey there are dumb writers like myself! But take the criticism well right guys! Please don't cut until preseason is over please!

From the looks of the first preseason game. The 1st team defense hasnt learned Kevin Coyles plays either.

Comi8ng out of the chute last season it didnt look like either side of the ball had learned Sparano0's plays either. That's scary, really scarry. Learni8ng Sparano's system should have been as easy as "delivering pizza". A fistpump, and forget the hump!

Hulk Hogan looked impressive on hard knocks, not in real life. Hopefully he shows up this week. He could battle gates and Moore for a roster spot.

The Te's is a good question. Good thing they were concentrating on the backup not the starter. Fasano is steady, but the other 2 are dynamic. The good thing is Clay can play Fb. So after preseason we don't have to list him as a Te. Look at his Number. Egnew and Mastrud can cover the other 2 spots.

The blocking needs to get better. But from what the game showed the fins won't be doing alot of running. 70/30 Passing. 60/40 On a good day. This isn't a run ball control offense. It's a peyton manning/Tom Brady pass control offense. Instead of 10 running plays in a drive, we will pass 10 times. Dink and Dunk. The good thing is we have a couple guys that can take a 5 yd pass and go 15-20 yds with it.

Is it just me or does a certain "Someone" have a knack for portraying everything Dolphins in a sarcasticly negative light?

If you're wondering who that certain "Someone" is, I'll give you a hint.

He apparently enjoys the heck out of patting himself on the back, regardless of however mundane or miniscule the reason(s) might be..............

-Odin- ;)

I don't know about anyone else, but I was kind of "Digging" the way Sherman was dressing down certain individuals. He wasn't pulling any punches by putting it right out there in Black and White!

In contrast, did you ever see, hear or witness Daboll conducting himself in this manner? Copuld you even picture it?

Win, lose or draw, Sherman is in control. I LOVED it! "There aren't any full scholarships here boy!"

Sherman got fired from his last job. But he seems pretty determined to not let it happen again.

Good Stuff in my Opinion.

-Odin- ;)

Who was it(besides the "gret Armando" of course" that kept talking about Hogan for the past two weeks?

I think it was Fin4, 78 or Kris?

Anyways, GOOD CALL! They talked about Hogan being 7-11! Open all the time. Then the last glimpse you get of him he's running down the sideline ALL ALONE!

PS: Man -O- Man! I would kill to get some film that HBO and the Coaches get. It's tough trying to break down RECORDINGS. You can't see the receivers or the secondary for the most part.

I enjoyed Sherman as well and the Jarhead coach, great comments!

They should be throwing to hogan a lot.

Mando I just read the Adam Beasley article saying Chad Johnson was "begging" to stay with the Dolphins on Hard Knocks...
Your co-worker is definitely reaching on that one IMO.

Posted by: Superzoe56 | August 15, 2012 at 12:02 AM

Agreed. He tried to talk and "slip" a little something in there. But it was HARDLY begging.

Apparently this Beasely guy doesn't know about the internet, HBO and things like that.

Mike Sherman tells him, "I'd cut you today if I was the general manager. I would cut you. Get your head out of your (butt). You were drafted as a high pick. Get your (bleep) going. It's not good enough."
During the same meeting, Sherman tells the tight ends, "We watch a practice like this, we're calling tight ends around the league. That's how it works. There's no full scholarship."
Goo stuff from Sherman. LOL

Posted by: Yesterday's Gone | August 15, 2012 at 12:28 AM

Goo stuff? Been drinking again?

Armando just covered the complete exchange in the article above. Hello?

Call me.

Walking that fine line. I luv it.

I though my last post got deleted cause of the same thing. I just must've cursed in Spanish.

But why is it none of these reporters man up when they are wrong? They always had it right. They play both sides of the argument so they are never wrong.

T-Hill's Daddy knows what he is doing with the offense. The Defense should come around.

Chad knows how to beat someone 1 on 1, but don't expect him to learn multiple positions. Philbin knew that, and Chad was actually playing well. It's just his antics and off the field issues got tiring real quick. It's like every other week. That's not a good example for a young team. Players have to learn to control themselves.

Maybe if Flatline was playing we could have someone to judge chadwick against.

Yeah Redsky, The Offensive Line Coach is Hilarious!

Good thing Philbin's "F-Bomb Rule" doesn't apply to the Staff.

They said he was a Marine but he talks like a Sailor.........

WHAAAA - WHaa - whaaaaaaaaaaaa.............

-Odin- ;)

How are we gonna hide Hogan on the PS squad if he does not make the 53. Were not

Hulk hogan should have a royal rumble with all the other Wr's not name best for a roster spot. Moore, Gates, the 3 rookies. A last man standing battle. If he's good he stays.

The whole practice squad thing. Don't know? I think someone has to put them on their 53 or something like that. It's not the end of the world if dolphins can't keep him. Ireland will find another one.

Dashi,

(Geez, with a name like that I feel like I should start by addressing you as: Oh Great Dashi): Anyways, you know anything about this Chris Hogan everyone speaks of?

I couldn't even find a Wiki page on the Kid!

I want to know his 40 time and his experience level(s).

PS: No offense with the name thing above. It's just that Dashi sounds like a Great Sage from a bygone era. Or maybe a Hindu Saint or something ;)

PSS: Do Hindu's have Saints?

Dashi,

You're right in regards to pilfering players from another teams practice squad. If you snatch somebody, from say the Bills Practice squad, you have to carry him on your 53 man active roster for the year.

Anyone else think they didn't need to let them show the CJ cut? Some things should remain private... even letting the clown go.

Coalition that is actually what Dashi stands for. Not soup stock. But something/someone more similar to a guru. A Clairvoyant if u will. In other words the one who knows it all. That's what Dashi stands for. Not quite a god like some () ;-),but more of a GrandMaster. That's why Dashi can refer to himself in the 3rd person. I'm like The Pope B!@*#'$, when it comes to sports.

As far as Hogan goes. All I know is that he's always allegedly open.

Hinduism believes in alot of things as do most major religions. They might believe in saints? They have multiple God's they have to have multiple people serving them.

But the word Dashi has no Religious or Political Affiliation.

Hulk Hogan

6-1 220lb 40yd-4.47 BPress-28times

Impressive, he's faster and stronger than Flatline. He's one of those acorns Ireland finds. Along with Trusnik. The kid went to the same college miles Austin went to. C.Hogan was signed last year and put on the practice squad.

Again royal rumble for the Wr position. My money is on Pruitt and his python's, with hulk hogan coming a close second. The kid bench presses better than some linemen. Has to be strongest Wr on the team.

But the word Dashi has no Religious or Political Affiliation.

Posted by: Dashi | August 15, 2012 at 02:24 AM
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Do What Thou Wilt Shall Be The Whole Of The Law!

SWEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEET!!!!
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The Miami Dolphins signed Ramapo High School graduate Chris Hogan to their practice squad Tuesday.

Hogan, a 6-foot-2, 220-pound wide receiver, will spend several days learning the Dolphins’ system before becoming an unrestricted free agent a week after the Dolphins’ season finale against the Jets on Sunday in Miami. Hogan then figures to sign a reserve/future contract with Miami or another team for the 2012 season.

A four-year scholarship lacrosse player at Penn State, Hogan played one season of college football for Division I-AA Monmouth in 2010 during a fifth year of eligibility.

The free agent signed a three-year contract with San Francisco after the NFL lockout ended in July, but was waived before the regular season started. He spent several weeks on the Giants’ practice squad thereafter, but was released Sept. 23.

"I’m totally convinced that if he spends an entire off-season in someone’s system, he’s going to be fine," said Art Weiss, Hogan’s Franklin Lakes-based agent. "He just needs the right opportunity to show what he can do."

The kid bench presses better than some linemen. Has to be strongest Wr on the team.

Posted by: Dashi | August 15, 2012 at 02:36 AM

I can't remember the exact number at the moment. Hogan's 28 is more than Jonathon Martin's-lol.

Those are pretty impressive numbers in my book. Hogan is another, along with Derrick Shelby(Rookie DE), of my "Dark Horse" Favorites!

Strength: Martin has a big, wide-shouldered frame, but he doesn't play with a lot of strength. If Martin can add power to his natural athleticism, he could become a very good left tackle in the NFL. Bench press reps are an overblown product of the offseason process, but Martin only pushed 225 pounds 20 times at his pro day.

I don't know but Philbin cutting Chad was gutless. I don't think this guy is going to be a good coach. He looks like he has no balls. Ripping Chad for the F bombs, well there are alot of other players using the word and alot of coaches doing it as well. Lead by example. He looks worse than Cammeron.

And listening to Ireland. We are going no where with this guy at the helm. I mean it, this guy sounds like a dumb ass and should not even be a GM of McDonalds. Just listen to him interview Edwards, I wanted to hit him myself for just opening his mouth. Guess passing on Edwards is looking real good right now. This Fckr needs to go now as I am getting to old to wait on sht heads like this.

I don't know but Philbin cutting Chad was gutless.

-Were all entitled to our opinions. I thought it was a pretty heads up move. Johnson caused an uproar tweeting the commish about some dumb stuff. Then puts on one of the most ridiculous press conferences I've ever seen. Then CoCo-Brazil's his wife(sordid details notwithstanding) an is arrested near his home in an upscale Miami suburb. Virtually all within one months time.

Soory man, I'm going to have to go with Sanity, The organization and Philbin on this one.
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I don't think this guy is going to be a good coach. He looks like he has no balls. Ripping Chad for the F bombs, well there are alot of other players using the word and alot of coaches doing it as well.

-Yeah, but how many of them use it at press conferemces? There's probably a BUNCH of Players and Coaches that WISH they could be P O R N Stars too, but they don't put it out on the 6:00 O'clock news. C'Mon Man!
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He looks worse than Cammeron.

Posted by: Ken | August 15, 2012 at 03:06 AM

-Yeah, well.......I don't judge other men on how they **LOOK** Ok? That's just.........well..........you know............GAY.

I'm going to judge Philbin on Wins and Losses. Thus far, he hasn't even Coached ONE game!

Again........C'Mon Man!

Hey Coalition, I don't mean his looks you idiot. I mean he looks worse than cammeron in a phylisofical(or however you spell that work) way. C'mon gay? Is there something you want to tell me?

And listening to Ireland. We are going no where with this guy at the helm. I mean it, this guy sounds like a dumb ass and should not even be a GM of McDonalds.

-I won't argue with this one. The fact is, Ireland was here for two years WITH Parcells and Two years on his own. Yet, even though nobody wants to use the correct terminology, WE ARE STILL **RE-BUILDING**.

You don't have to be a Mathmetician to know SOMETHING ain't adding up.
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Just listen to him interview Edwards,

To borrow a phrase from Philbin: Nah!

No thanks, I wouldn't have even brought Edwards in. Especially considering Johnson and Naanee were already signed as Free Agents.
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I wanted to hit him myself for just opening his mouth.

-I'll buy you a Beer if you do ;)
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Guess passing on Edwards is looking real good right now. This Fckr needs to go now as I am getting to old to wait on sht heads like this.
Posted by: Ken | August 15, 2012 at 03:10 AM

-As a Fellow Miami Dolphins Fan, I Feel Your PAIN!

ValHalla!!!!

Biden must also think you’re suffering from Alzheimer’s. Republicans are responsible for outsourcing? Doesn’t anybody remember Bill Clinton shoving NAFTA down the throats of the American people? I guess Democrats can’t see Obama’s Trans-Pacific Partnership sitting out there in plain sight.
More than ever, the false left-right paradigm, the same old Democrat-vs-Republican crapola is being used by the political class to pull the wool over the eyes of the masses as the Grand Game of Musical Chairs we call a national presidential election approaches. When the music stops, the same old gaggle of insiders and professional teleprompter readers will grab a chair. The rest of us will be out here in the bleacher stands watching, that is if we can stand to watch.
Like the late George Carlin said: It’s a club – and you ain’t in it.

They said he was a Marine but he talks like a Sailor.........
WHAAAA - WHaa - whaaaaaaaaaaaa.............
-Odin- ;)
Posted by: Coalition To Get Coalition Out Of The Closet | August 15, 2012 at 01:40 AM

Odin, Were you in the USN?

Hey Coalition, I don't mean his looks you idiot. I mean he looks worse than cammeron in a phylisofical(or however you spell that work) way. C'mon gay? Is there something you want to tell me?

Posted by: Ken | August 15, 2012 at 03:37 AM

Chill Out Man! I know what you meant. I was just trying to be funny.

I just don't like Philbin(who hasn't yet coached a game)being compared to argubly the worst NFL Head Coach of all time.

Simple as that.

PS: BTW - I hope you weren't "Coming Onto me" when you asked, "Is there something you want to tell me"

Cause if you were, this date is: OVER!

Hey Coalition, Touche...

Ken, Watch out and do yurself a favor and dont reply to ANY of odins posts, Soon he'll turn on you and say your gayy or a Troll ETC, ETC.
My Advice to you sir is NEVER reply to any of this direlects post..

OMG - Ken - Croc and Coalition all one and the same. That's IT!

I'm going to have a night cap while listening to this version of Hound Dog I found on youtube by Jimi Hendrix! Then it's to Bed.

Jimi ain't no Elvis..........Thank God!

Do What Thou Wilt Shall Be The Whole Of The Law!!!!

Bhwaaaaaaaaaaa Haaaaaaaaaaa Haaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!

-Odin- ;)

See.

Have A good Morning Hippie.

Hey Coalition, I had a few, just got home from the bar. It's just that I have been pissed since Olividotti. If we could have had a D back then who knows, Elway did it. That year Marino tore his Acilies, I think that could have been our year as we were 9-2 on Thanksgiving without him.

Nite.

There are no injuries here.

- What's wrong with you? - I have turf toe, Coach. - Turf toe? Get out there!!

HAPPY BIRTDAY TIM TEBOW!!

Y'all be attentive, these Catholic Coaches can be tough as hell(and great sometimes).

Does Ireland know Football or what?

OSCAR,YOUR BABLING INCOHERENTLY,PLEASE SEEK HELP.
I KNOW YOUR 127 YEAR OLLDBUT THER MUST BE SOME KIND OF MEDICINE FOR OLD TIMERS.

(BUFFET OF KNOWLEDGE)

Is you part of the (BUFFET OF CROW EATERS), ALoco?

Hey Philbin, nice job alienating the guys that cover you the entire year in order to stick your tongue up HBO's butt.

Great, so now everybody knows Roberto Wallace cannot separate which means everyone will play press on him every game.

And everybody knows Chris Hogan is catching a bunch of passes in practice, which means we cannot slip him through to the practice squad if we want to keep him.

He'll catch 87 passes for New England in two years.

You're a genius Joe P. Freaking genius!!!

Not.

Apparently the Dolphins have the dumbest set of players in the NFL. List of players that didn't know the plays

Michael Egnew
Charles Clay
David Garrard
Chad Johnson

Wow it was nice the coaches yelling at players and not coddling them!!

Just awesome!!

I have to say I did feel bad Chad for a moment, but mess with the bull you get the horns.

For anyone to say on this blog that he is like Cam Cameron needs there head examined!!!

I couldn't be happier with this coaching staff at this point. I will say that this team really needs to show something this Friday against Carolina. The 1st team will play a little more.

I hope Tanny steps up big time. We know that he wants to be in all the rookie QB conversations with Luck and RG3.

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