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Hopefully Will Levis enjoyed Tuesday’s episode of HBO’s Hard Knocks: In Season with the Miami Dolphins.
After all, the Tennessee Titans quarterback told reporters, “I’m excited to watch that HBO episode” after he led his team to a shocking 28-27 victory over the Dolphins on Monday. And the episode built to that matchup, meaning Levis and his team enjoyed some time in the spotlight.
But most of that spotlight, naturally, belonged to Miami’s players and coaches.
That meant running back Raheem Mostert’s family beach trip, head coach Mike McDaniel’s daughter Alya stealing the show with her commentary to HBO’s cameras during an appearance at the team facility, and even quarterback Tua Tagovailoa’s movie references during an appearance on Manningcast.
NFL Films @NFLFilms
.@Tua had the Tropic Thunder reference ready to go 😅
Ok..Mike McDaniel’s daughter is ridiculously cute 🥰 #miamidolphins And I’m not mad at them anymore. Maybe…
David Furones @DavidFurones_
The genuine reaction of Mike McDaniel’s daughter, Ayla, to seeing her dad is everything. #HardKnocks
Tagovailoa is always under the spotlight when it comes to the Dolphins, but he took the time to recognize some of those working behind the scenes when he watched the process of replacing the natural grass playing surface at Hard Rock Stadium ahead of Monday’s game.
“I don’t think we understand the magnitude of the people we affect,” he said, adding “it blows my mind how many people are involved.”
Paola Boivin @PaolaBoivin
Never thought a short feature on the sod fields that serve @hardrockstadium would fascinate me, but having @Avi_Kaplan‘s great “I’m Only Getting Starting” as a soundtrack during the episode of #HardKnocks In Season did just that
dan djarin @dan_castiel17
Shoutout Tommy W!! Best groundskeeper in the country #HardKnocks
Impacting others was something of a theme in Tuesday’s episode, as fullback Alec Ingold was also recognized as the team’s Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year nominee for his work in the community and with the Ingold Family Foundation.
One of the most emotional moments of the entire season came when he watched a video montage of his family breaking the news and telling him how much he means to them and how proud they are of what he does every day. McDaniel also praised him in front of the team during a meeting.
King of Phinland🐬👑 @KingOfPhinland
Alec Ingold’s Walter Payton Man of the Year feature on Hard Knocks gave me chills. He is such an awesome dude. Let’s come out in full force and help him win this award.
EVERY RETWEET COUNTS AS A VOTE‼️
Alec Ingold #WPMOYChallenge
Joe Schad @schadjoe
Dolphins fullback Alec Ingold really revealed as a team leader during #HardKnocks
Unfortunately for the Dolphins and their fans, the feel-good moments could only go on for so long.
Eventually, the game took center stage. That meant focusing on injuries to center Connor Williams (ACL) and wide receiver Tyreek Hill (ankle) and the offensive struggles that came as a result.
Hill eventually returned and provided something of a spark, but even he only did so much.
The offense was stuck in neutral all game with the only Dolphins touchdown in the first three quarters coming on a Zach Sieler pick-six. Yet the Titans made two massive mistakes in the fourth quarter with a muffed punt from Eric Garror and a fumbled pitch from Levis to Derrick Henry.
Kevin Marin @TheKevinMarin
Me about to watch the Dolphins on Hard Knocks pic.twitter.com/W3UZiPURtb
Easy Schedule @FinsAndFightins
Hard Knocks legit struck gold picking this team. They’re either going to film the Dolphins winning big games down the stretch, or one of the most disastrous collapses of all time.
David Furones @DavidFurones_
#HardKnocks spoiler alert: Dolphins fans are not gonna like the ending to tonight’s episode.
Chris Boden @BodenTweets
Me watching this Hard Knocks episode pic.twitter.com/exacFSHrft
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Watching Hard Knocks I get the feeling Miami thought they were in for a cakewalk last night. Big mistake against a Mike Vrabel coached team.
Both led to Miami touchdowns and a seemingly safe 14-point lead in the final minutes, but it somehow wasn’t enough. Tennessee scored a touchdown in a drive that took fewer than two minutes, got the ball right back by forcing a three-and-out and then scored again on a Henry touchdown.
The Dolphins didn’t answer on their final drive, which gave them their first home loss of the season and prevented them from moving into the No. 1 seed in the AFC. Levis surely enjoyed the ending, even if many of the Dolphins fans tuning in did not.
Maybe next week’s episode will be different if Miami can figure out a way to get back on the winning side with a matchup against the New York Jets.