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Miami Dolphins Sign On For HBO’s ‘Hard Knocks’

HBO’s “Hard Knocks” will be setting up camp in Miami this season to film the Dolphins as they prepare for the 2012 NFL season.

The Dolphins have plenty of pre-season story lines which could make this year’s “Hard Knocks” pretty interesting. The Dolphins have a new coach with Joe Philbin and a three-way battle for the quarterback position between Matt Moore, David Garrard, and Ryan Tannehill.

The Dolphins are also coming off a 6-10 season and will be looking to turn things around in 2012.

Coach Philbin said:

“We are looking forward to connecting with our many fans across the country as the program chronicles our 2012 training camp… The series will highlight the outstanding men who comprise our team and represent our organization admirably, both on and off the field, as they compete for a coveted position on our roster.

“All the decisions that have been made this off-season have had one guiding principle — will it help our players and organization reach its full potential? This one is no different. We are convinced that our affiliation with NFL FILMS and HBO will allow football fans everywhere an opportunity to comprehend the significant sacrifices and demands that our players endure each day along their journey in training camp as a Miami Dolphin. We eagerly await the opening of training camp on July 26 and the 2012 NFL regular season that lies ahead of us.”

According to Sports Illustrated, “Hard Knocks” teams have been doing pretty well in recent years. In 2008, the Cowboys went 9-7 and in 2010 the Jets reached the AFC Championship game.

NFL Films president Steve Sabol said that the Dolphins were the perfect pick this season since it is the 40th anniversary of the 1972 Dolphins’ perfect season.

Sabol said:

“On the 40th anniversary of the greatest season in NFL history. Don Shula’s perfect ’72 Dolphins, it is perfectly fitting that Hard Knocks is heading to Miami to capture the start of a new era for one of the league’s proudest teams.”

The first episode of the Miami Dolphins season of “Hard Knocks” will air August 7 th at 10 p.m. ET.