Word broke a few days ago that the Jets won’t be the subject of the 2012 edition of Hard Knocks. As of Saturday, Jets coach Rex Ryan hadn’t gotten the memo.
“Whatever,” Ryan said when asked about it, according to Justin Tasch of the New York Daily News. “This is news to me, so that’s fine.”
Ryan reportedly was opposed to doing it for a second time in three years. Owner Woody Johnson reportedly wanted to do it.
“It doesn’t matter to me,” Ryan said. “We’re getting ready to get our team ready to play the 2012 season.”
G.M. Mike Tannenbaum created the impression that the Jets had no role in the decision. “That’s going to be something the league decides,” Tannenbaum said. “All I can tell you is the experience we had with them was great. They were real pros, the people from HBO. . . . It was a great experience for us.”
It was a great experience for the fans and the media, too. Given the crazier-than-usual nature of the 2012 offseason, there are only a small handful of teams that are perfectly suited for Hard Knocks duty: the Jets, the Saints, the Broncos, and the Colts. Maybe the Redskins. If it’s none of those five, there’s really no point in doing it.