The very anticipated second episode of Hard Knocks got off to a very suspiring and emotional start.
HBO gave us a glimpse into the heart wrenching loss that Joe Philbin had to suffer when he lost a child. The passing of Reid's son must have been extremely difficult for Philbin to deal with and Hard Knocks just showed another reason why the Dolphins head coach should be admired.
The show then progressed into the Les Brown story line which probably wasn't what the national audience was looking forward to. The show did progress as we got to hear Ryan Tannehill's vocals as he sang Lean On Me to the whole team.
Philbin had a chance to talk to Dolphins legend Bob Greise and told him how much he liked Tannehill.In some interesting news Jeff Ireland had a one on one with SI's Peter King in which he told King he was a fan of the Phins receiving core. ( That makes one of us ) However he did say he believes the team is full of 4,5 and 6th string receivers and they need 3,2 and 1's. Our first glimpse of Chad on Hard Knocks was watching him fail to gain separation from Sean Smith which could be the real reason why the Dolphins didn't keep him around. Also somewhat apparent is that Johnson might have had trouble picking up the playbook.
In the first real informative part of the show we learnt that Garrard injured his knee playing in the pool with his son. Jeff Ireland was not pleased with the news David Garrard required surgery and would miss up to 4 weeks.The show began to drag out a little bit as everyone was awaiting the news on how Chad was let go. Lauren Tannehill provided a slight distraction however I am sure most of the national audience watching must be a little dissapointed at this point of the episode.
Finally HBO got to the story everyone was waiting for, we got to witness Philbin adressing the whole team about Chad's arrest. According to Coach Philbin, Chad knew what was coming and that he was going to get cut.
From Ben Volin @BenVolinPBP : Chad Johnson called director of security Stu Weinstein and thought he might get cut. Chad to Stu: "This is gonna be my death penalty."Chad knew he screwed up and told Joe, that he let him down. Philbin responded, "It's not just what happened last night. ...I wish it was different. I wish I could tell you something more encouraging."
Philbin then continued to tell Chad he thinks its best that him and the team part ways. It was very tough and sad to watch but was covered very well and in the end it seemed that Joe Philbin just didn't want Chad Johnson on his roster.