Reggie Bush Doesn’t Seem Too Thrilled With the Idea of the Dolphins Being Featured on Hard Knocks

August 16, 2012 – 9:00 am by Chris Fedor

After the Miami Dolphins went 6-10 last year, the team made some big changes and the team has a different look heading into this season. A look that fans can see up close and personal by watching “Hard Knocks: Training Camp with the Miami Dolphins.” In the first two episodes of the season, the Dolphins haven’t disappointed when it comes to delivering storylines. There is a new coach in town and there is a quarterback battle. Not to mention the first two episodes featured Chad Johnson prominently. The most memorable moment of the season so far was Tuesday night when Chad Johnson’s release following his off-the-field incident with his wife was caught on tape. As the regular season approached, it will be up to the Dolphins to deliver on the field the way they have delivered on the show to this point.

Reggie Bush joined The Dan Patrick Show to talk about how practice was following Chad Johnson’s release, whether he watched the episode of “Hard Knocks” with Chad Johnson getting released, where he can go to escape from the cameras, if he thinks being on Hard Knocks is a good thing for the Dolphins, what he thinks about having cameras around all the time and whether he has returned his Heisman Trophy.

How practice was after the release of Chad Johnson:

“I think practice was good. We had a good practice. Everybody was focused in. Obviously with Chad being dismissed from the team, it was obviously not good media so it may cause a little bit of a small distraction but I think guys were pretty focused and we still have to go to work. Still have to get better and correct our mistakes from the last preseason game and just find a way to get better as a team.”

Whether he watched the episode of “Hard Knocks” with Chad Johnson getting released:

“I’m going to be honest with you, I didn’t because I was doing some therapy and I was studying so I was trying to focus in. I will catch it. They show it every day.”

Where he can go to get away from cameras:

“Yeah, home. The house. That’s where you can go. Your house or the hotel room now obviously because we’re in training camp. That’s kind of my home away from home for right now and my chance to kind of escape, relax and do whatever it is I need to do whether it’s studying, relaxing or catching up on ESPN.”

If he thinks it is a good thing or a bad thing to have the team featured on Hard Knocks:

“I don’t know if it’s good or bad but it is what it is right now. We have it so let’s make the best of it. That’s our mentality. I think you can make a case for both situations. When I was in New Orleans Coach Payton opted not to do ‘Hard Knocks’ so I think you can make a case for both. Some coaches may feel that it’s more of a distraction, some coaches may use it as fuel to bring back passion to the football team and do it for the fans purposes. So while you have it you make the most of it but you still have a job to do and you still have to focus in and kind of go about your business as if the cameras aren’t even there.”

How he feels being in front of the cameras once again like he was previously while dating Kim Kardashian:

“I’ve never been one to welcome cameras around especially in my personal life so I’m a guy, I like my privacy and keep my private things private whether it’s friendships, relationships, business or whatever it is I like to keep private and I like to stay there. I feel like there is a time and a place for cameras obviously. During football games whether you’re doing some media stuff after games, postgame, before a game, commercials and stuff like that, there’s a time and place for it so I think going back to college I’ve grown accustomed to it and try to make the most of it while I have it because I feel like obviously for us it’s a way for fans to get a chance to see who we are outside of football or just a way for them to connect with some of their favorite athletes and football teams.”

Whether he can go back to USC:

“I haven’t wanted to go back so I don’t feel like that’s an issue. Even if it was I wouldn’t go back.”

Whether he has given back his Heisman Trophy yet:

“It’s with the Heisman people last time I checked. (Host: I talked to them a couple of weeks ago and they said that you still have it.) No that’s not true at all. I can assure you that is not true. (Host: Your parents don’t have it?) No, it is not in our possession. I personally sent it to them so they have it. (Host: Okay maybe we should inform them they have it or it’s on the way.) No it’s not on the way. It’s been there for a while now.”

What the expectations are for the Dolphins this season:

“My expectations are for us to be just a dominant team this year and improve on the mistakes that we made from last year. We want to win the division and the number one goal is to win the Super Bowl but obviously there are things that go into play underneath that. That just goes with winning the division, being dominant at home, defend our home territory first and just playing fundamental football. I think one of the things that hurt us last year was we didn’t do a lot of fundamental things right. We found ourselves 0-7 pretty quick and having to dig ourselves out of a deep hole so this year we want to get off to a fast start, play good fundamental Dolphin football and just be a tough team all around.”

Listen to Reggie Bush on the Dan Patrick Show here

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