Miami Dolphins: Could They Be the Next Team Featured on HBO's 'Hard Knocks'?

Mark LeskoCorrespondent IIMay 17, 2011

Channing Crowder would be a big reason for HBO to pick the Dolphins
Channing Crowder would be a big reason for HBO to pick the DolphinsDoug Benc/Getty Images

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have declined an invitation to be featured on the HBO show Hard Knocks. The Miami Dolphins may be the next organization in line.

Rumors were swirling back in March that the Dolphins were one of the finalists along with the Buccaneers, Denver Broncos, 49ers">San Francisco 49ers, Dallas Cowboys, and Seattle Seahawks.

With the Buccaneers now out of the picture, HBO will re-visit the other finalists.

If Dolphins owner Stephen Ross has any say in the selection, the Dolphins will be at the top of the list.

Now that Bill Parcells is gone, the chances of the Dolphins accepting the invitation are far greater. Parcells and coach Tony Sparano were strongly against doing the show.

However, Ross has already shown he has little respect for Sparano after the drama earlier this offseason (Ross considered Jim Harbaugh as a replacement for Sparano, without firing Sparano first).

Ross loves the spotlight and his celebrities. Nothing says spotlight like having your own show on HBO.

If the other finalists list is accurate, then the competition is not very high for the Dolphins to get on the show.

The Cowboys have already been on the show twice before, so it's unlikely they would be on it again.

The 49ers and Seahawks are West Coast teams, and no team on the West Coast has ever been featured on the show before.

The Broncos have Tim Tebow to feature along with John Elway in his first year in the front office.

The Dolphins have some characters to feature in Channing Crowder, Brandon Marshall, and Richie Incognito (if Ricky Williams resigns then you could add him to that list as well, Ricky is never afraid to say what's on his mind).

Do I think it is a good idea for the Dolphins to be on the show?

Not really, but I think it is completely realistic that the Fins could be on the show. This is the type of thing Ross has been doing since he bought the team.

Ross sees the Dolphins more as a product than a football team, so he is probably dying for a bigger stage to showcase his product.