Aug 17, 2012; Charlotte, NC, USA; Miami Dolphins quarterback Matt Moore (8) looks to pass the ball against the Carolina Panthers during the second half at Bank of America Stadium.The Panthers defeated the Dolphins 23-17. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-US PRESSWIRE
If you don't have HBO or if you missed the initial airing of the Panthers episode of Hard Knocks last night I have a recap for you below. The Dolphins game with the Panthers did not come up in the episode until around the 30-35 minute mark.
Here's a summary though I have more detail below. It started with some clips on the Panthers defensive line dominating certain Dolphins players on their offensive line. It then put a spotlight on a couple Dolphin players who needed to have a good game and showed some clips. It finished with the locker room speech after the game and obviously the Dolphin coaches were not happy with the result. I was just about to turn it off when the show turned to telling the QBs that they had made a decision on the starting QB competition and given Matt Moore is a former Panther I decided to include my thoughts from that. Here's the detail:
It started with a clip of Thomas Keiser getting a sack and then Applewhite and then later Alexander. Though it looked like Ricky Incognito was to blame for one the focus of the segment was on RT Jonathan martin getting run over. The clips are very damning as Martin does get abused. They include some sideline comments from coaches saying '71 again!' and Martin getting scolded upon return to the sideline
The then move to Charles Johnson and his hit on Tanneyhill, who is then shown on the bench afterward. Tanneyhill turns to the guy next to him and says [smiling] "I guess that was Welcome to the NFL! He got me right in the chest..Ouch". Tanneyhill took it in good humor and didn;t seem fazed by the hit though he admitted it was a good one.
On the Panthers first scoring drive they flip to the Dolphins both where the OC yells "Damn!" after the LaFell completion for a 1st down. They booth is noisy and chaos as they watched the Panthers gash them in the first half. This was my favorite part btw.
They narrator then turns to the 'chippiness' of the game and shows the scuffle between Smitty and Vontae Davis and then plays the audio on the sideline once Davis returns to be confronted by HC Philbin "Coach after the whistle he's doing all this extra stuff...I'm like 'He blew the whistle man! What was a supposed to do?" It was a classic Smitty getting under a CB's skin and then goading him into a penalty only to wonder afterward how it the world that happened! Ah la DeAngelo Hall & Tracy Porter. This was my 2nd favorite part!
After the Dolphins finally scored right before the half they switch to the Dolphins booth where the OC points out it was a 15 play drive and that "It was like giving birth", I supposed because of the difficulty.
They then went to spotlight two players who had bad games last week and needed a good week. First TE Egnew was called out on the sideline for not blocking downfield after a Dolphin WR made a catch. Egnew had to get the mesage bcasue the TE coach scream at him several times "Go block for him!!"
The next spotlight was on OG John Jerry who is battling for a back-up role at guard. Jerry is big even for a guard and its mentioned he has battled weight issues. though he is prasied as "working his tail off" in the game I didn't see which Panthers he was getting the best of.
The final spotlight was on a buble WR Hogan. They showed all three of his receptions including one that led to a 1st down because of broken tackle by Panthers LB Nixon (He's Cut Bait!)
The final Panthers related piece was the one on one meeting between Philbin and Matt Moore in his office where Philbin tells Moore he's not going to be the starter game 1. You can read detail on that conversation at this link but in summary Moore takes it well and says "I've been through this before". Yes he has...
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