(Recaps for Episode One and Two here)
Do you guys remember that TV show, Big Comfy Couch? Because Episode 3 is clearly paying homage to it with all the time we spend on Coach P’s couch.
Couch highlights of this episode:
We learn there is a vast difference between how the rookies act, and how the veterans and leaders on the team act. The episode begins with Reggie Bush, Karlos Dansby, and Jake Long meeting with Coach Philbin (on his coach of course) to form an unofficial leadership club to create better communication between the players and coaches. They’re like the Mutant Ninja Turtles, sans Donatello (Chad Johnson) who was already fired. Smartly trying to keep the shells on their backs. Raphael (Reggie Bush) who had been relatively quiet all season, makes it clear throughout this episode that he’s in Miami to personally grow and lead the team. He does not specify if he wants to lead against other mutant aliens, but it’s implied.
My favorite veteran however was the only guy to sit in Coach P’s chair rather than on his couch. Eric Steinbach has been in the NFL for a while, and knows how to honestly talk to the coaches. It’s all refreshing straight-forward talk in these two meetings:
Finally, the news you’ve all been waiting for via the couch: Ryan Tannehill pulls ahead in the QB race over Matt Moore. Pat Devlin is also introduced as the new 3rd string QB but doesn’t get to sit on the coach because of it.
Highlights not on the couch:
The preseason game against the Panthers was a loss but did feature a touchdown drive by Tannehill, lovingly narrated by a miked Offensive Coordinator Mike Sherman on the sidelines, who called the drive “like giving birth.”
While the rookies have not yet reached Mutant Ninja Turtle status, they do throw a mean talent show, and I liked that they’re willing to laugh at each other, and more importantly, themselves.
Emily’s Bottom Line
A good episode, but I have a few suggestions. If you’re going to play “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” during warm-ups, don’t be content with a few guys singing along. I want a flashmob next time. Yeah, I see you guys with your neat footwork, step it up a notch and DANCE! And finally, if you’re going to use glamorous Miami songs in a montage, always go with Will Smith. Always.
Emily Ritter is a contributing writer to Aerys Offsides and clearly grew up in the 90s. Follow her on Twitter @ebritter2.