Three Things to consider after watching Episode Three of Hard Knocks:
Thing 1: I found it interesting that the three Miami Dolphins players who approached Joe Philbin and Jeff Ireland (who sure looked thrilled at the idea, didn't he?) to discuss the Chad Johnson situation were Reggie Bush, Karlos Dansby and Jake Long.
All three have uncertain futures with the team beyond this year, although Long is looking like more of a must-keep with each blown assignment by rookie right tackle Jonathan Martin.
All three players made well-reasoned points about their desire to do more self-policing of the locker room, and Philbin wisely suggested the team institute some sort of Leadership Council in which he would meet weekly with those three (and maybe one or two others) to take the temperature of the locker room.
Next time that Council meets, though, it might be a good idea to find a sturdier chair for Big Jake. The one he was using in Philbin's office on the show looked like it was about to collapse.
Thing 2: Speaking of collapse, nothing like a training-camp montage of an overweight offensive lineman (356-pound John Jerry) puking his guts out right there in the practice bubble.
Offensive coordinator Mike Sherman and O-line coach Jim Turner pounded Jerry in the coaches' film session, and now we can understand why Jerry has been subjected to taking first- and third-team reps in practice.
"A player descending fast," Sherman called the former third rounder out of Ole Miss.
The show's producers tried to make it sound like Jerry was climbing out of that hole with a solid showing at Carolina, but there really wasn't much of anything solid about the offensive line play in the second preseason game.
Good for Jerry, however, that he was willing to laugh so hard at himself during the rookie talent show. If he'd show those same quick-twitch movements in game situations, he wouldn't be on the bubble.
Maybe Mike Pouncey should just reach over and tickle Jiggly John right before the snap.
Thing 3: What is it with Philbin and disappointed Beavers?
For the second straight show, the coach called a former Oregon State standout into his office and gave him some bad news.
Last week it was the release of Johnson. This time it was the demotion of 2011 team MVP Matt Moore, who sure looked ticked as he snatched his water bottle off the table following an earlier meeting with quarterbacks coach Zac Taylor.
Can't be long before rookie linebacker Cameron Collins (the team's other ex-Beaver) gets a tap on the shoulder from the turk.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun