The Dolphins, in collaboration with HBO and NFL Films, revealed in a joint statement that they will be the show’s featured in-season club.
Later this fall, the program will premiere on MAX. The precise release date is still pending announcement.
The Indianapolis Colts and Arizona Cardinals will be joined by the Dolphins as the third team to appear on the in-season edition of the program. In 2012, “Hard Knocks” training camp edition included Miami.
Mike McDaniel, the coach of Miami, discussed his team’s participation with the local media on Monday. Although he acknowledged that the Dolphins may not have chosen to take part, he can see the benefit of the event in terms of helping to close the divide between the team and its supporters.
“I wouldn’t call it a team decision … I steer clear of worrying about things that we can’t control,” he said. “I see some positives with this particular team, just knowing that there’s a lot of things that, in terms of when we do have success on the field, people are curious as to how that happens. I think they’ll see exactly where that comes from. I don’t think it’s a bad thing for people to see our day-in, day-out hard work.
“I know there’s some guys on this team that garner interest, and I think that a platform for them to showcase who they are, and really the fan base to get to know the players and coaches better — I can understand the value to the National Football League, to HBO, to NFL Films, and I can understand the value for the Miami Dolphins. It’s something that I think this particular team is equipped to handle, just because of the way they go about their day-to-day jobs.”
With a star-studded locker room, one of the NFL’s most intriguing teams will provide viewers with a behind-the-scenes peek. The Dolphins’ 70-20 victory over the Denver Broncos in Week 3, the injuries to Pro Bowl players Terron Armstead and Jalen Ramsey, the rise of rookie running back De’Von Achane, and the midseason acquisition of Chase Claypool are a few of the season’s noteworthy narratives.
After losing to the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday, the Dolphins are now 5-2 and lead the Buffalo Bills by one game in the AFC East. In Week 8, they play the New England Patriots at home before going to Frankfurt, Germany to play the Kansas City Chiefs.