10 NFL Teams We'd Rather Watch on 'Hard Knocks' Than the Miami Dolphins

Nick KostoraContributor IIIJune 16, 2012

10 NFL Teams We'd Rather Watch on 'Hard Knocks' Than the Miami Dolphins

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    The Miami Dolphins took the bait and signed up for HBO's Hard Knocks after countless other teams passed up the opportunity.

    This is unfortunate for fans because there are 10 other teams that would have proven to be more interesting targets for the show.

    Who wants to watch Ryan Tannehill when Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III are out there?

    How many viewers are tuning in to see Joe Philbin take over the reins as head coach?

    The Dolphins did at least add the always interesting Chad Ochocinco, but this is a team with few captivating angles or storylines.

    Let's look at 10 others we would rather watch on Hard Knocks.

10. Detroit Lions

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    Viewers love controversy and drama.

    Enter the Detroit Lions 2012 offseason.

    Arrests, suspensions and issues have all run through the Lions recently.

    Who wouldn't want to watch Detroit handle this adversity and prepare to go for a second consecutive playoff berth?

    Or get to know more about the less-than-outspoken duo of Calvin Johnson and Matthew Stafford?

    Then of course there is the black cloud of the supposed Madden Curse hanging high over Johnson's head.

    These are kind of angles that make for good television.

9. Philadelphia Eagles

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    The "Dream Team" moniker has faded, but the expectations have not.

    The Philadelphia Eagles are a team with enough talent to win a Super Bowl and after a disappointing 2011, they would be a great fit for Hard Knocks.

    Michael Vick always gets a reaction from an audience and would draw great interest from viewers.

    Andy Reid's seat has to be hot heading into 2012, and who wouldn't want to see how he is preparing such a talented unit for the upcoming campaign?

    Throw in DeSean Jackson and his transparent work ethic, and you have a quality season of Hard Knocks.

8. Carolina Panthers

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    Cam Newton is simply entertaining.

    Whether he is making up nicknames for himself or creating YouTube videos to try and earn a spot on the Madden cover, "Ace Boogie" gives people reason to watch him.

    Spending a preseason inside the Carolina Panthers organization and watching him interact with his teammates would be a real treat.

    Not to mention the fact that it would finally shine a spotlight on the far too often overlooked Jon Beason.

    The Panthers could be a real factor in the NFC South this season, and Hard Knocks would be a great showcase for the team.

7. New York Giants

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    Remember the other New York team?

    You know, the one that just won the Super Bowl?

    It seems too often the Giants are overshadowed by their New York brothers and that may be fine with them.

    But wouldn't it be great to follow the Super Bowl Champions as they prepare to defend their title?

    Eli Manning may not be the most exciting athlete in the world, but his recent stint on Saturday Night Live at least proved that he is not quite as boring as first glance would indicate.

    The Giants are a team too often overlooked in a town with everything going on.

    Having them spend training camp with the Hard Knocks crew would be truly insightful.

6. Washington Redskins

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    Quick quiz.

    Which rookie would you rather watch as he goes through his first preseason: Ryan Tannehill or Robert Griffin III?

    The answer is clearly Griffin because of what he has in front of him in Washington.

    The Heisman Trophy winner has been brought in to resurrect the franchise and take a team with some talent already on the roster and lead them to the playoffs.

    There is also the interesting angle of Griffin vs. Cousins.

    What happens if fellow rookie Kirk Cousins takes to the playbook before Griffin?

    Does he start getting more reps in practice and preseason games?

    Sounds more intriguing than Tannehill vs. Moore.

5. Denver Broncos

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    Going behind the scenes with Peyton Manning as he transitions to life after the Indianapolis Colts would be about as good as Hard Knocks could possibly get.

    Manning has great charisma and charm and plays well to the camera. He is one of the most popular players in the game, and fans would love the opportunity to watch him begin his career with the Denver Broncos.

    Denver is a team that suddenly has a lot of pressure on itself to compete for the AFC West division crown and even contend for the Super Bowl.

    Watching the Broncos handle that pressure and deal with the never-ending questions surrounding the arrival of Manning and departure of Tim Tebow would undoubtedly make for good television.

4. New England Patriots

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    The New England Patriots are a notoriously quiet team.

    Bill Belichick and has players rarely ever say anything noteworthy to the media and keep everything very "hush-hush."

    A chance to peel back the curtain on one of the NFL's most successful franchises would enthrall fans.

    How exactly does the relationship between Belichick and Tom Brady function?

    Do Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez really enjoy the two-tight-end dynamic the Patriots utilize?

    And does Belichick wear hoodies in the summer?

    Learning the answers to these questions would at the very least be more interesting than most of what the Dolphins are bringing to the table.

3. Indianapolis Colts

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    The Indianapolis Colts have been revamped, redone, renovated and everything else possible in the last couple of months.

    Andrew Luck has the immeasurable task of replacing one of the greatest quarterbacks ever to play in the NFL.

    How awesome would it be to watch his transition on Hard Knocks?

    The entire organization looks different this offseason and being able to watch as everyone settles into their new roles in Indy would be a great way for the show to return after a season off.

2. New York Jets

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    There is just something about Tim Tebow that polarizes fans and draws their interest.

    The New York Jets may have been on Hard Knocks a mere two seasons ago, but that does not mean the team wouldn't be an interesting subject yet again.

    Watching the Sanchez-Tebow pairing play itself out during training camp would become must-see TV.

    This is a team that is not afraid to be outspoken, and that makes for captivating stories.

    Last season ended in a lot of controversy for the Jets, and the chance to go behind the scenes of the most scrutinized locker room in the NFL would be a tremendous opportunity.

1. New Orleans Saints

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    For the New Orleans Saints, there could not possibly a worse offseason to appear on a show like Hard Knocks.

    But for the fans, it would be a one-of-a-kind opportunity.

    No team has dealt with more turmoil in recent months than the Saints.

    The bounty scandal has engulfed the mainstream press, and Drew Brees' holdout is an ongoing problem.

    How will the quarterback reps be handled if Brees is not there?

    How is the defense adjusting to life without Jonathan Vilma?

    What about not having Sean Payton around for an entire year?

    Being able to watch New Orleans try to gather itself and prepare for the upcoming season amidst all these changes would be great for fans.