The first episode of the Miami Dolphins edition of HBO's "Hard Knocks" is in the books and it has become increasingly clear that wide receiver Chad Johnson is going to steal the show this season.
In the opening episode the 34-year-old Johnson was his usual talkative self, saying whatever was on his mind and not filtering his thoughts for the cameras. At one point head coach Joe Philbin pulled Johnson aside and discussed his use of profanity and how it wouldn't stand going forward.
But anyone who thinks Johnson will actually filter his thoughts is foolish and you can tell this is shaping up to be a storyline that will persist throughout the preseason. Johnson is the only really big name player on Miami's roster who will garner any attention, so it stands to reason that he will be the focus on much of the show's segments.
Philbin, a new head coach who was hired away from a spot in Green Bay as the team's offensive coordinator seemed mild-mannered and even a little boring. Producers of the show won't get a whole lot out of him.
New quarterback Ryan Tannehill had one of the most anticlimactic holdouts in NFL history, skipping the first two days of training camp before getting on to the team without anyone really noticing. Meanwhile, quarterbacks Matt Moore and David Garrard have virtually no personalities. So as the competition to start under center heats up, expect Tannehill to get most of the attention.
As for the team's other stories, none are as compelling as Johnson, a former Pro Bowler with diminishing skills attempting to find a place in today's NFL. The combination of his personality and situation should lead to some compelling television.