New ‘Hard Knocks’ episode chronicles Dolphins’ collapse against Titans, features Alec Ingold and Duke Riley
The fourth episode of HBO series “Hard Knocks” following the Miami Dolphins in-season aired Tuesday night, and for the first time, a Dolphins loss was covered.
The stunning 28-27 loss to the Tennessee Titans on “Monday Night Football” left the team in disbelief after blowing a two-touchdown lead with three minutes left.
Among comments coach Mike McDaniel made to the team in the home Hard Rock Stadium locker room: “That’s going to really hurt, for multiple reasons. Let it hurt. … If that game forces us to go places and play football not here (in the playoffs), so be it… We are about getting to our best, and that was definitely not it.”
The final narration from the episode, wrapping up a disappointing Monday night in Miami Gardens: “Adversity is opportunity, a chance to grow.”
Chronicling the game against the Titans inevitably had to cover the injuries in the game. Center Connor Williams’s knee injury was shown, which was learned Tuesday afternoon to be a season-ending ACL tear, along with star wide receiver Tyreek Hill’s ankle injury. Hill returned to the game and was in and out of the lineup as Miami eventually fell due to a final fourth-and-2 sack of quarterback Tua Tagovailoa after giving up 15 points on a pair of Tennessee drives.
The week of preparation for the Titans showed an emphasis on bottling up Titans running back Derrick Henry.
With Dolphins linebacker Jerome Baker injured, his backup, Duke Riley, was a focal point for having to step up into his starting role and being a communicator for the defense, in charge of relaying signals to the rest of the defenders.
Fullback Alec Ingold was also prominently featured for earning the team nomination for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year award.
Ingold was documented in the buildup to “Monday Night Football,” learning of his nomination and, once the game arrived, opening holes for running back Raheem Mostert and hurdling a defender.
The early scenes of the episode showed some genuine family moments for McDaniel and Mostert.
McDaniel’s young daughter, Ayla, was adorably and genuinely thrilled when she was surprised by McDaniel popping over a booth in the team facility’s cafeteria.
The episode offered a glimpse into what goes into the resodding of the field at Hard Rock Stadium. Tagovailoa took a particular interest into learning about it.