HBO’s Hard Knocks on Tuesday night delivered riveting behind-the-scenes insight into the Vontae Davis trade and Daniel Thomas’ recent problems with tardiness. Among the highlights from the fourth of five episodes:Jeff Ireland Ryan Grigson
Viewers saw Ireland tell coach Joe Philbin: “The Colts have interest in Vontae. Started with a 5th and 6th [rounder]. Went to a third. I said unless they’re serious I wouldn’t return the text.”
Philbin, asked his opinion by Ireland, pointed to “awareness” issues with Davis, adding “He’s up and down. He’s a good guy. I like the kid. I wonder if we’re ever going to get him to where we would like him to be.”
Defensive backs coach Lou Anuramo sharply criticized Davis, in a coach’s meeting, about his pass interference penalty in the Falcons game.
Viewers saw Philbin telling Grigson: “I’m thinking the two is not enough. What it’s worth value wise to walk away from a first round pick…. I’ve been honest with you. You called me. It has to be something that blows me a way.” Ireland later told Philbin: “I’m thinking about pulling the trigger.”
Ireland then told him, “Vontae, you’re kind of up and down. We need to get it to where the consistency level is more consistent. Before you become great, these waves have got to be a lot smaller. That’s probably why you’re being traded.”
Davis asked, “Who did you trade me for?” Ireland said, “A couple picks… This can be a very good positive for you — make it a positive.”
“I’m telling you this kind of stuff can’t happen. I’m getting queasy about you. You have to take responsibility for your own career. I don’t want to have to talk to you again.”Reggie Bush
Then Philbin scolded his players in a film session, including Jorvorskie Lane: “You’re standing there looking at it — there are guys throwing elbows in him! Go up there, protect your teammates! Jesus!”
• Ryan Tannehill revealed to Matt Moore that he didn’t know the teams in many of the divisions, beyond Miami’s. Moore asked him to name the NFC North teams. Tannehill correctly identified Green Bay and Minnesota but was wrong on the Giants. He thought Kansas City was in the NFC East. “How do you not know this?” Moore asking, laughing. “Shocks me.”
Tannehill explained to HBO: “I wasn’t a huge pro fan growing up. Don’t really know the divisions or conferences. Some of them, I have no clue. They make no sense. The directions don’t make any sense for where the teams actually are.”Kacy Rodgers Jarrell Root
“It’s time for guys to step up and act like pros. We need a focus from this group that quite frankly, we haven’t seen yet. We haven’t done [bleep] as a group. It really [bleeps] me off.”Jerome
Ireland told tight end Les Brown: “When pads come on, that’s what [your] weakness is. You’ve got to be able to hold your blocks and sustain it.” Said Brown: “I believe in myself. I think I belong in this league. We’ll [waive you] today. Maybe our paths will cross soon.”
Tight ends coach Dan Campbell told Brown, who was teary-eyed: “You’ve got nothing to feel bad about. You’re a stud, Les.”Mike Sherman Jake Long
• Eric Steinbach, explaining his retirement: “When you wake up every morning and feel like [bleep] the first half of practice… it’s tough.” Ireland told him he’s “one of the most professional men that ever sat in my [office] chair.”
The Dolphins said Long was the only player who did not attend Tuesday’s Miami Chamber of Commerce Luncheon at Jungle Island because he was getting treatment on his injured right knee. Long will miss Wednesday’s preseason finale and could miss one or more additional games, depending on how quickly he recovers from a sprained medial collateral ligament.