Heroes and Goats: Hard Knocks In Season Episode 5

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This episode started and ended in darkness with empty streets. Seems like the Hard Knocks crew hasn't really enjoyed their time in the Valley. The production values of the game- and practice-day moments remain super-cool. The Cards have buried anything that's actually interesting about what going through a failed season is like inside the building.

Heroes

Deandre Hopkins' Mom - We got a second helping of DHop's family story in tonight's episode. Nuk's mom has a great attitude and must feel wildly blessed. Interesting choice by NFL Films to capture her story while she's being made up.

Bill Belicheck - The entire coaching staff was afraid of the New England Patriots, and we got treated to a montage of the head coach, QB coach, defensive coordinator, and WR coach talking about how basically we had no chance. Plus, we got a warm moment between Nuk and Bill.

Zach Allen - I hope that Allen goes somewhere, gets rich, and becomes a star. He's a big lunk who (from what I hear) gets in the tub with his dog and they shower together. No one's benefitted more from having J.J. Watt in the building these past two years.

Goats

Kliff Kingsbury - The extended shot of Kliff having no answers at the end of the blowout was BRUTAL. There's really nothing you can do from the sideline in these situations; I feel like NFL films could have shown a 45-second clip like this for many, many NFL coaches. But the unwillingness of Michael and Mark Dalton to put the kibosh on it is pretty dark.

Cam Turner - The QB Coach got caught on camera saying that we shouldn't even game plan for the Pats because they're better than us. He also cited a dumb quote falsely attributed to Albert Einstein about how negative people have a problem for every solution. We're well-rid of this guy. Someone put a foxy security guard in his path.

Robbie Anderson - At the end of the game, NFL Films showed Anderson telling Kliff, "We're still with you coach." That's a good attitude to have; Kliff clearly isn't going anywhere for the rest of the season (at least). But you could also see him searching out the NFL Films camera to make sure he's in-frame.
 

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I thought we'd see an emotional Kyler, or at least hoped we would. They said in the game broadcast he was sobbing in the locker room, didn't necessarily need to see that but making him someone that the audience has sympathy for might have helped his image and I thought the team would be all over that.

It's going to suck to see Zach Allen in another uniform next season.
 
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I thought we'd see an emotional Kyler, or at least hoped we would. They said in the game broadcast he was sobbing in the locker room, didn't necessarily need to see that but making him someone that the audience has sympathy for might have helped his image and I thought the team would be all over that.

It's going to suck to see Zach Allen in another uniform next season.
Yeah. It seems like Kyler engaged with the NFL Films process as little as possible. He did a sitdown where he talked about how much of a good dude Hollywood is at some point, but even his response to the PP thing was just a camera at his press conference.
 

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This episode started and ended in darkness with empty streets. Seems like the Hard Knocks crew hasn't really enjoyed their time in the Valley. The production values of the game- and practice-day moments remain super-cool. The Cards have buried anything that's actually interesting about what going through a failed season is like inside the building.

Heroes

Deandre Hopkins' Mom - We got a second helping of DHop's family story in tonight's episode. Nuk's mom has a great attitude and must feel wildly blessed. Interesting choice by NFL Films to capture her story while she's being made up.

Bill Belicheck - The entire coaching staff was afraid of the New England Patriots, and we got treated to a montage of the head coach, QB coach, defensive coordinator, and WR coach talking about how basically we had no chance. Plus, we got a warm moment between Nuk and Bill.

Zach Allen - I hope that Allen goes somewhere, gets rich, and becomes a star. He's a big lunk who (from what I hear) gets in the tub with his dog and they shower together. No one's benefitted more from having J.J. Watt in the building these past two years.

Goats

Kliff Kingsbury - The extended shot of Kliff having no answers at the end of the blowout was BRUTAL. There's really nothing you can do from the sideline in these situations; I feel like NFL films could have shown a 45-second clip like this for many, many NFL coaches. But the unwillingness of Michael and Mark Dalton to put the kibosh on it is pretty dark.

Cam Turner - The QB Coach got caught on camera saying that we shouldn't even game plan for the Pats because they're better than us. He also cited a dumb quote falsely attributed to Albert Einstein about how negative people have a problem for every solution. We're well-rid of this guy. Someone put a foxy security guard in his path.

Robbie Anderson - At the end of the game, NFL Films showed Anderson telling Kliff, "We're still with you coach." That's a good attitude to have; Kliff clearly isn't going anywhere for the rest of the season (at least). But you could also see him searching out the NFL Films camera to make sure he's in-frame.
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I would have put DHop's sister as a Hero. Got to love a sibling holding nothing back about her brothers performance. Love how she was telling her mom how Hop didn't protect the ball when he lost the fumble.

I must say though that I do love how well DHop treats his mom.


That end of game shot of Kliff was pretty bleak. You can see the look of hopelessness and despair in his eyes.
 
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