A year after turning down Hard Knocks, the Texans want in

In past years, plenty of teams opted against inviting NFL Films for the Hard Knocks series.  The fear was/is that the one hour per week of footage that makes it onto television — and the countless other hours that don’t — could end up being used against the subject of the series.

Last year, the Bengals welcomed the presence of the cameras, and they parlayed the appearance into a playoff berth.

Now, a team that previously said “thanks” and “no thanks” to NFL Films wants in.  According to John McClain of the Houston Chronicle, Texans owner Bob McNair is lobbying for the assignment.  Per McClain, the Texans had a crack at the gig in 2009, but they turned it down.

McClain also points out that “there’s talk” the Jets will be the ultimate selection.  And that makes us wonder whether Monday’s gasket-blowing from owner Woody Johnson regarding The Coin Flip was aimed at squeezing the league into picking the Jets.  It also makes us wonder whether the decision to go public with the spat will do more harm than good in that regard.

Meanwhile, keep in mind that the late Vince Lombardi relished the presence of NFL Films crews at practice, believing that the cameras prompted the players to work harder.  In fact, Lombardi would tell NFL Films president Steve Sabol to have his staff pretend to use the cameras, even if they contained no film.

Sabol’s reward for creating contrived motivation for Lombardi’s players?  A photo from the coach with this classic inscription:  “To Steve, A Schmuck if ever I saw one, Vince.”

21 responses to “A year after turning down Hard Knocks, the Texans want in

  1. The first episode will air a seven minute segment, in which Mark Sanchez stares wistfully into the camera, and names all twelve moles on his face after a constellation of the zodiac.

  2. Last year, the Bengals welcomed the presence of the cameras, and they parlayed the appearance into a playoff berth.
    You’re seriously trying to say this had anything to do with anything that happened during the season? Are you THAT much into HBO, that you have to give them credit for this?

  3. Dammit! I was just thinking as I read the 1st paragraph, “man I’d hate for the Jets to have a distraction like that.” Very next sentence is that they’re the favorites to have the show. The bit about Lombardi and the players having to work harder cuz of the presence of the cameras is a bright way to look at it I suppose.

  4. I think you meant to say the Bengals parlayed their appearance into a one-and-out in the playoffs.

  5. Most speculative article on this site ever…
    Texans will turn hard knocks appearance into playoffs
    Bengals turned hard knocks appearance into playoffs
    Woody blows a gasket over coin toss and therefore becomes the favouirte to get to be on a television series
    in other news my dog took a dump in the back right corner of my yard this morning and therefore the rams are going to win the superbowl this year

  6. NFL Network more money grubbing BS…..
    I don’t have the option to get this network and I wouldn’t pay a penny to get it……

  7. “I think you meant to say the Bengals parlayed their appearance into a one-and-out in the playoffs.”
    better to get there than not.

  8. It’s on HBO. It pisses me off. NFL Network needs to get it double time. BTW the reason you don’t have NFL Network is because of your cable company. NFL Network has sued multiple cable companies in an attempt to stop the cable companies from putting nfl network in a premium package which you have to pay extra for. NFL network is just as pissed as you are that you can’t get it for free. The network was created so everyone could have it FOR FREE.

  9. ‘The first episode will air a seven minute segment, in which Mark Sanchez stares wistfully into the camera…’
    Please, please let this happen.

  10. HA! Is hard knocks on NFL network… Hell no it’s way too good of programing for the NFL network. I’m glad it’s not cause the best part about it is the swearing and stuff that can’t be aired on a channel like the NFL network.

  11. Please get the Raiders are Hard Knocks. I would pay money to see it, what a freak show it must be. I bet it would be one of the highest rated shows on TV.

  12. NFL and HBO would be idiots to not use the Jets this year. Seriously, what other team, love them or hate them, would be more entertaining?

  13. adammwilson77 says: It’s on HBO. It pisses me off. NFL Network needs to get it double time. BTW the reason you don’t have NFL Network is because of your cable company. NFL Network has sued multiple cable companies in an attempt to stop the cable companies from putting nfl network in a premium package which you have to pay extra for. NFL network is just as pissed as you are that you can’t get it for free. The network was created so everyone could have it FOR FREE”
    Well it’s practically free. I just have to pay $5 extra a month for the Sports Package so I get NFL Network and some other channels (Golf Channel is one of them I think). $5 a month is not much. Give up one lunch out a month and you’ve got it.

  14. Call me crazy, but id like to see the Browns on Hardknocks. Watch a true rebuild job at work…Why not?

  15. I wish they ran program’s like this every year for every team.. It was very enjoyable to watch that last year…

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