It's simply one of the more compelling pieces of footage you'll see from a sports documentary. We wondered in anticipation what tonight's Hard Knocks episode would bring with Chad Johnson's domestic violence arrest and subsequent release from the Miami Dolphins and it delivered to viewers in a big way. Hard Knocks had behind the scenes footage of Miami Head Coach Joe Philbin calling Chad Johnson in to his office to talk to the troubled wide receiver.
It's amazing to actually witness one of these conversations take place and just how delicately Philbin lets Johnson down. Never does he tell Johnson "I'm cutting you" or "you're gone" but rather he tells Johnson that he's a good person and "I don't see the mesh right now." You can see it in Johnson's eyes that his career is on the line as he pleads to stay in the Dolphins program. Philbin finally gets down to business in the most unassuming way possible and tells Chad Johnson "I think it's best for both of us that we kinda part ways at this point in time." This is as real as it gets, and it's why Hard Knocks continues to be at the top of the sports doc field.