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In a report earlier Wednesday about Jets owner Woody Johnson and coach Rex Ryan having different opinions about a return engagement on Hard Knocks, there was mention of the Jaguars’ interest in appearing on the HBO program.

The team confirmed the report to Tania Ganguli of the Florida Times-Union.

“We did express interest, and at this point we don’t know what HBO’s plans are,” Jaguars spokesman Dan Edwards said.

The original report, from Adam Schein of, made no mention of the NFL’s interest in having the Jaguars appear on the show. There’s not quite as much ratings bait down in Jacksonville as there is with the Jets, but it’s easy to understand the team’s interest in being the training camp with cameras this year.

New owner Shad Khan has made several public statements about doing whatever it takes to generate interest in his team. Hard Knocks would do that, although, again, the makeup of the Jags’ roster might have HBO looking in different directions.

According to Schein, the Broncos turned down a chance to be on the show and the Ravens and 49ers are on the network’s wish list. The Ravens told the Baltimore Sun Wednesday that they haven’t been contacted about being this year’s entry.

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51 Responses to “Jaguars confirm interest in Hard Knocks”
  1. vuudu says: Apr 11, 2012 5:45 PM

    What wants to see the Jaguars? That will be a bad decision. We want J-E-T-S Jets Jets Jets.

  2. jhart615 says: Apr 11, 2012 5:46 PM

    Shad Khan’s at it again

  3. cakemixa says: Apr 11, 2012 5:47 PM

    Problem is, no one cares or wants to see the Jags on Hard Knocks. Lol.

  4. deathtoromo says: Apr 11, 2012 5:49 PM

    Instead of the Ravens, they could just show reruns of The Wire or Oz. Same thing.

  5. Wisconsin77 says: Apr 11, 2012 5:51 PM

    Actually, Hard Knocks is a much better program when big selfish stars aren’t stealing the spotlight and the program focuses on the players trying to make the team. The Jet’s season of Hard Knocks was probably the worst Hard Knocks season of them all.

  6. lifetimeskinsfan739 says: Apr 11, 2012 5:54 PM

    I cant think of a more boring team. Please no, there are zero interesting story lines for the Jags.

  7. seanmmartin says: Apr 11, 2012 5:58 PM

    49ers would be cool

  8. pilot2011 says: Apr 11, 2012 6:01 PM

    mehh, but I guess any team is better than nothing like last year.

    Jets, Panthers, Bills would be better choices.

  9. garyman1 says: Apr 11, 2012 6:01 PM

    I like the show… but can’t imagine why ANY NFL team would want them filming their inner business.

  10. emma333 says: Apr 11, 2012 6:02 PM

    Nationally it wouldn’t hold much interest I’m sure. Still, the Jaguars do have some intrigue. A new owner, coach and staff…MJD….a high level defense. A much maligned second year quarterback that stares down the criticism and refuses to blame others. It would be a great opportunity for the fan base of the most ignored team in the NFL.

  11. astrosfan75956 says: Apr 11, 2012 6:04 PM

    No thanks, I wouldn’t watch.

  12. nyyjetsknicks says: Apr 11, 2012 6:04 PM

    Nobody wants to see the Jags. Look at their attendence for proof.

  13. Spencer says: Apr 11, 2012 6:07 PM

    No doubt people would tune in just to see the quarterback competition between Henne and Gabbert. That’s ratings gold, right there.

  14. mistersmith22 says: Apr 11, 2012 6:08 PM

    astrosfan75956 says:
    Apr 11, 2012 6:04 PM
    No thanks, I wouldn’t watch.

    Yes you would. If you’re a football fan, yes you would.

  15. sumoson says: Apr 11, 2012 6:09 PM

    When the jets read this report they Ran and tried to sign Jeremy lin to be there Kicker

  16. xtrout says: Apr 11, 2012 6:13 PM

    SF would be on my wish list although with all the moves, Bucs and Redskins wouldn’t be to bad.

  17. pilot2011 says: Apr 11, 2012 6:16 PM

    Cam, Shockey, and Steve Smith sounds like good tv to me

  18. nflofficeadmin says: Apr 11, 2012 6:17 PM

    Since when does HBO care about ratings? They don’t sell advertising. They just care about subscriptions… they really don’t care of you watch or not.

  19. 6ball says: Apr 11, 2012 6:20 PM


    Hey, how about Belichick and the Patriots ? That would be a laugh riot.


  20. upperdecker19 says: Apr 11, 2012 6:26 PM

    I think there’s CFL teams higher on HBO’s wishlist than the Jags.

  21. mmskin says: Apr 11, 2012 6:30 PM

    adam schein is the man everyone should have nfl radio and listen to the blitz everyday

  22. db3300 says: Apr 11, 2012 6:30 PM

    Was the New York Life team not available?

  23. cooklynn17 says: Apr 11, 2012 6:34 PM

    In a related story, the fans confirm no interest in the Jaguars.

    Sack up and start drafting better.

  24. tramonisland says: Apr 11, 2012 6:37 PM

    oh please spare us. what a ratings disaster.

  25. jagwar73 says: Apr 11, 2012 6:40 PM

    It’d be interesting and I’d watch. But at the same time, I’m more into watching a train wreck. Bring on the New York Jets!!

  26. babyhorsemorgan says: Apr 11, 2012 6:50 PM

    Jags have a bright, funny group of players overall, but Gabbert would be the star. Blaine is NFL answer to David Beckham, when Becks was 22 and still waiting to be recognized worldwide.

    I think this is what Shad Khan has in mind. He sees the game from a global perspective. Gabbert has big time charisma. Watch the “Everything To Prove” series, if you don’t believe. You can’t have someone as dumb as Newton represent the sport.

  27. peoplesrepublic0fdabayarea says: Apr 11, 2012 6:58 PM

    DALLAS COWBOYS! ‘Cos thurr ‘Merica’s Team and need even more media exposure!!! Yee-hawww!!

  28. jagsfanugh says: Apr 11, 2012 7:01 PM

    “nyyjetsknicks says:
    Apr 11, 2012 6:04 PM
    Nobody wants to see the Jags. Look at their attendence for proof.”

    That would mean a lot of peeps would like to see them. Now if you stated Tampa or Miami you would be right, but about Jacksonville you are pulling that out of thin air without looking at the facts.

  29. brownicus says: Apr 11, 2012 7:07 PM

    Definitely not the most popular team from a fan’s perspective, but if you are a struggling franchise without a loyal fan base it makes sense to me that being on the show would help them grow the fan base a little bit at least.

  30. granadafan says: Apr 11, 2012 7:09 PM

    Newsflash to Khan. The Jags didn’t get Tebow. No one cares about the Jags.

  31. maddenisfordorks says: Apr 11, 2012 7:12 PM

    From a Jag fan – no thanks.

    I’d rather achieve popularity through beating the crap out of teams like Baltimore on MNF like last year.

  32. jjbadd says: Apr 11, 2012 7:12 PM


  33. nineroutsider says: Apr 11, 2012 7:26 PM

    Just keep the 49ers off of the show and I will be happy not to watch it; I don’t want to watch it and won’t but if the 9ers are on it I have to. Harbaugh is worse than Belichick, so it will never, ever happen. The 9ers owner has a god team and wants to win so he will stay out of the way and watch his new stadium grow by the day.

  34. bangitfootball says: Apr 11, 2012 7:32 PM

    YAWN, Jags will put us to sleep ……. we want Tebow, Rex, Sanchez, Cromartie, Woody for more laughs!!!!!

  35. bangitfootball says: Apr 11, 2012 7:35 PM

    I think Cam Newton and the Panthers would be good as long as Cam keeps his hand off HBOs camera equipment and computers

  36. dspears06 says: Apr 11, 2012 7:51 PM

    Who smells record ratings?….Nobody

  37. strokeytheclown says: Apr 11, 2012 7:59 PM

    There just HAD to be the one idiot who types KAHN in any Jag story. It ain’t that funny anymore after the 12 millionth guy did it!

  38. cowboysallday says: Apr 11, 2012 9:27 PM

    God no

  39. grandpoopah says: Apr 11, 2012 9:37 PM

    This would be an exciting development for Jacksonville’s 14 fans.

  40. damnyoulinelliot says: Apr 11, 2012 9:49 PM

    I’d put a tarp on my TV to black “Hard Knocks” out

  41. pilot2011 says: Apr 11, 2012 10:13 PM


    So Cam Newton is dumb??

    I guess learning a Chudzinski offense in 3 weeks and completing the best rookie season ever is something a dumb person could do.

    Get a life dude… Sunshine looked like Jimmy Clausen last year.

  42. babyhorsemorgan says: Apr 11, 2012 10:31 PM

    @strokeytheclown – Don’t be so Krusty, strokey. Plus the man’s name is spelled KHAN, you clown.

  43. descendency says: Apr 11, 2012 10:59 PM

    If they would have traded for Tebow, they would have gotten it.

  44. silvernblak says: Apr 11, 2012 11:01 PM

    Hey HBO, Come talk to Reg M over here in Raider Nation! well take you in a heart beat to run long side DMF……Just Win Baby!!!

  45. ericf70 says: Apr 11, 2012 11:05 PM

    I can confirm no interest in Hard Knocks, then.

  46. mwcarolina says: Apr 12, 2012 12:25 AM

    honestly, i wouldnt hate it (because i have a relative who’s a fan of them), but it may not be as entertaining as the Jets due to the Tebow and Sanchez deal, though i think some fans will watch and see how Gabbert is and if he looks improved.

  47. wishamafucwould says: Apr 12, 2012 1:11 AM

    Jags was like 1 the 1st team already on hard knocks google it..with JDR was the coach

  48. grandpoopah says: Apr 12, 2012 1:18 AM

    “babyhorsemorgan says:
    Apr 11, 2012 6:50 PM
    Jags have a bright, funny group of players overall, but Gabbert would be the star. Blaine is NFL answer to David Beckham, when Becks was 22 and still waiting to be recognized worldwide.”

    The biggest problem with your comparison there is that Beckham actually had talent. Gabbert is a terrible quarterback. Even in college, he never produced. His predecessor at Missouri, Chase Daniel, threw for 3,681 yards with 42 TDs vs 9 INTs and ran for 1,529 yards with 18 TDs in his junior year. In his last season, also as a junior, Gabbert threw for 3,186, 16 TDs and 9 INTs, and ran solely on short yardage sneaks with just 28 yards and 5 touchdowns. The Jags drafted a haircut.

  49. 206hawksfan says: Apr 12, 2012 3:55 AM

    Pete carroll. Ken Norton Jr. Matt Flynn and his super hot wife. Beast Mode and Skittles. Earl Thomas. Sidney Rice. Golden Tate. Mike Williams. Paul Allen. Schneider. The Seahawks have plenty of personalities and the finest facilities. Not to mention the new Nike unis. We need Hard Knocks up here

  50. joetoronto says: Apr 12, 2012 5:05 AM

    The Jags, what, the Bengals weren’t interested?

    Figure skating would be more interesting.

  51. dobreshunka says: Apr 12, 2012 7:48 AM

    HBO doesn’t care if people watch because they sell subscriptions and not advertising? That might be single most stupid thing I’ve read on PFT all year, and that’s saying something!

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