As far as national television audiences go, the exposure they had to Miami Dolphins Head Coach Joe Philbin during HBO’s “Hard Knocks” is way in the rearview mirror. But thanks to NFL Films, a new slate of viewers got to get a little closer to the man running the show in Miami.
One of the reasons the film crew chose this game was because of the presence of the 1972 Miami Dolphins and the chance to see Philbin interact with Hall-of-Fame Head Coach Don Shula.
“It seems like a special group of guys I tell you,” said Philbin to Shula on the sideline before the game. “I met (Manny) Fernandez and (Bill) Stanfill. They still had a few stories about you.”
“They’re all lies,” Shula said with a laugh.
Later on near the end of the halftime ceremony there was another nice exchange between Philbin and running back
“Csonka’s the tall one right? Next to Bob Griese?” Bush asked.
“Another guy, the shortest guy was a middle linebacker. Nick Buoniconti,” Philbin pointed out. “I guess when he came in the NFL in 1960 it was a little different.”
Most of the rest of the segment shows Philbin during live game situations talking with the officials, some of his players and some of his assistant coaches. It concludes with a portion of his postgame speech in the locker room after Miami’s 24-3 victory.