Chad Johnson has spent the majority of his NFL career looking for the cameras. He did it again in Tuesday's episode of "Hard Knocks," but for far different reasons.
The lowest moment of Johnson's NFL career would be captured on tape forever.
Philbin let Johnson speak first, and the glassy-eyed receiver apologized for his actions. Then, Philbin delivered the bad news.
"Where we are as a program and where you are and where we're headed, I just don't see the mesh right now," the coach said. "I wish it was different, I wish I could tell you something more encouraging. But I just think it's best for both of us that we kind of part ways at this point in time."
Philbin was as uncomfortable as Johnson, nervously tapping his fingers on the arms of his leather chair as he conversed with the receiver. But the coach made himself clear: He's trying to create a certain culture in Miami, and Johnson simply didn't fit.
"Thank you for the opportunity," Johnson said. "There's really not much more I can say at this point. I appreciate it, though. Thank you for the chance."
Cut to Johnson being led down the hallway as team employees clean out his locker. The Dolphins -- and "Hard Knocks" -- move on without their most charismatic star.
David Garrard's rough break
Early in the episode, Garrard told an HBO producer, "I'm happy, I'm healthy, I'm moving great, so I need to continue to capitalize on my opportunties." What he didn't see -- what he couldn't see -- was the 8,000-pound anvil dangling over his head.
Minutes later, Philbin was being told Garrard felt a "crunch" in his knee while watching his kids in his swimming pool. Next stop: the operating table.
The Nine Lives of Matt Moore
Moore, the No. 2 QB on the Dolphins' depth chart, could barely contain his joy upon learning he'd be the starter in the preseason opener. He didn't even know Garrard was hurt until his teammate came limping into a QB meeting. Moore's reaction was unflattering but completely human, showing just how cutthroat NFL life can be. One man's misfortune is another's salvation.
Mike Sherman is terrifying
Seriously, that shook my confidence. I wouldn't have been surprised if Egnew relieved himself right there in the meeting room.
'Chris Hogan, Always Open, 7/11'
The Roberto Wallace Redemption
Following Johnson's release, the Miami media buzzed about Wallace stepping into a bigger role. That stood in contrast to the disappointment that coaches had early in the episode. "He's running with ankle weights," a coach joked during a film session.
Wallace redeemed himself with a strong preseason opener, pulling in four catches for 71 yards. He did drop a potential touchdown pass from Ryan Tannehill, however.
Speaking of the Tannehill family ...
HBO held off 32 whole minutes before Lauren Tannehill made her first appearance in Episode 2. I predict Lauren puts together a Joe DiMaggio-type streak of consistency this season.
Joe Philbin's sad connection
Darlington: Never on the same page
A powerful moment that shows the resolve of both Philbin and his family.
And we close with more Chad Johnson
Before Philbin's sitdown with Johnson, Stuart Weinstein, team director of security, explains to the coach his phone conversation with the distraught receiver, who was fearful he was about to be cut.
How ironic is it that Weinstein is the same man Johnson joked with last week, saying he was going to get arrested on the Dolphins' off day.
It took an extra week, but Johnson kept his word.
Until next time ...