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Jaguars remain in Hard Knocks mix

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At least one team wants to be on Hard Knocks.

A day after the news came out that the Texans have passed on appearing on HBO this summer, joining the Jets, Redskins, 49ers and Falcons in turning down Hard Knocks, the Florida Times-Union reports that the Jaguars are still open to it and could be the choice by process of elimination.

HBO would likely prefer just about any other team to Jacksonville, which doesn’t have a big fan base and doesn’t have a particularly compelling cast of characters heading into training camp. A Maurice Jones-Drew contract dispute could make for an interesting storyline, and there are questions about whether new coach Mike Mularkey will stand by his vow to start Blaine Gabbert over Chad Henne, but this year’s Jaguars don’t appear to be anywhere near as entertaining a Hard Knocks choice as the 2010 Jets, who were the gold standard for turning the training camp reality show into must-see TV.

I’ve wondered why any team would be willing to go on the show, which could serve as a training camp distraction, but the Jaguars would do it because they’ll take any attention they can get. And HBO might be reaching the point where it’s the Jaguars or no one.

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41 Responses to “Jaguars remain in Hard Knocks mix”
  1. moonischasinme says: May 18, 2012 8:26 AM

    The Jags are not even close to my first choice. But I would still watch because I find the behind the scenes stuff fascinating.

  2. dldove77 says: May 18, 2012 8:27 AM

    Jaguars would be just as interesting as the Falcons (i.e. not at all.)

  3. emma333 says: May 18, 2012 8:29 AM

    We keep getting told that there are only a few teams worthy of Hard Knocks, but that is opinion. The fact is that there are 32 teams, each with their own unique character. The Jaguars are as compelling as any—new owner, new coach and staff, a much maligned QB that hopes to improve. MJD, PotRoast, Blackmon….having said that, I hope they turn HBO down.

  4. sportsmeccabi says: May 18, 2012 8:32 AM

    Will they edit out the part where Gabbert walks into the coaches bedroom in the middle of the night because he had a bad dream?

  5. Dex says: May 18, 2012 8:35 AM

    This could be the most belittling article I’ve ever read on PFT. Keep it classy NBC.

  6. KL0313 says: May 18, 2012 8:43 AM

    Hard Knocks is great no matter what team participates. I missed it greatly last year.

  7. astrosfan75956 says: May 18, 2012 8:46 AM

    Pass on Jax HBO.

  8. qmizzle says: May 18, 2012 8:48 AM

    I don’t really care which team does it. Im a junkie for the NFL and I love being able to look behind the scenes.. Maybe if they aired Hardknocks when the season start instead of during camp it’ll be less of a distraction?

  9. nbaraie says: May 18, 2012 8:49 AM

    I think were seeing the end of the road of the show. Too many teams are not willing to go through with it. And they cant go to Jacksonville every year.

  10. johnnyjagfan says: May 18, 2012 9:01 AM

    Why wouldn’t the Jags be a good team on Hard Knocks? Simply because they’re in a small market? We have several story lines that if examined, would be interesting:

    1. A new owner, who is one of the most unique owners pro football has seen in a while;
    2. 31 players coming off Injured Reserve–highest in the NFL last year. Surely, some of those stories are going to be inspiring, hard to watch or even heartbreaking for those guys that don’t make it;
    3. The NFL Rushing Title holder, wanting a new contract;
    4. A new Head Coach;
    5. 3 new WRs who all think they should be the #1 guy–great competition where the rookie is probably the best player;
    6. Gabbert seeking to show why he was a #1 guy against a solid QB in Henne trying to revive his career;
    7. A dude named Pot Roast with an eye injury telling the younger players to stay out of the bars? That’s something HBO could have fun with!

    In short, nobody watches Hard Knocks because their favorite team is the subject. The Jags are a compelling story this year. Would make for great TV.

  11. theralph2012 says: May 18, 2012 9:02 AM

    In August when all we have to watch are terrible pre-season games and the hyenas on ESPN predicting their “surprise team of 2012″, Hard Knocks is a welcome break from that terrible programming. Its football, Americans will watch, regardless of what team.

  12. clawledge says: May 18, 2012 9:06 AM

    Beggars can’t be choosers.

  13. wmthomas3 says: May 18, 2012 9:08 AM

    We will take the attention. This will be our breakout year.

  14. unfrugby says: May 18, 2012 9:14 AM

    Why does the media continue to bash the Jags so much about having no fans…Last time I checked they finished in 25th in the league for average attendance. In Front of, Chicago, Arizona, Miami, Oakland, Tampa Bay, St. Louis, and Cincinnati. Can’t make those numbers up.

  15. marty2019 says: May 18, 2012 9:15 AM

    They are going to ask all 31 other teams. Then if none of them accept, and the Jaguars still want to do it, they’ll cancel the whole series.

  16. someidiotfromouthereintheprojects says: May 18, 2012 9:19 AM

    or they could just say F the lemons and bail and instead do reruns of sopranos.

  17. joetoronto says: May 18, 2012 9:21 AM

    This comments section tells you all you need to know, nobody cares about the Jags.

  18. plt2006 says: May 18, 2012 9:22 AM

    “doesn’t have a particularly compelling cast of characters heading into training camp”

    MJD-The incredibly photogenic and entertaining stud RB who wants a new contract but also wants to start winning.

    Gabbert-2nd year QB who has been pronounced a bust trying to prove himself worthy of the 10th overall selection.

    Chad Henne-The backup QB who is pushing for a starting spot and redemption after failing to live up to expectations in Miami.

    Blackmon-High profile, high draft pick WR trying to help be a savior to the offense and be the next stud WR to enter the league

    Terrance “Pot Roast” Knighton-Young DT who is among the best in the league trying to come back from a highly publicized and embarrassing off the field injury to earn that contract that will set him for life.

    Tyson Alualu-the shocker 10th overall draft pick trying to show what he can do on a healthy knee to live up to his draft status.

    Daryl Smith-The quiet but productive OLB that is recognized as one of the best league and was a leader of the 6th overall ranked defense last season.

    There are more, but the point is that there are stories, and you can make them seem compelling. MDS and PFT often choose not to, but someone whose job is to produce entertaining programing (HBO) likely can and will if need be.

  19. moonischasinme says: May 18, 2012 9:35 AM

    What about Buffalo? A WR diva in the making. An old school coaching staff. A young and up and coming defense. A quarterback with something to prove. And Fred Jackson’s story alone would be worth the price of admission.

  20. ampats says: May 18, 2012 9:42 AM

    My vote goes to the NFL’s version of Barnum & Baileys Greatest Show On Earth,
    the Circus known as the Jests.

  21. shackdelrio says: May 18, 2012 9:46 AM

    “HBO would likely prefer just about any other team to Jacksonville, which doesn’t have a big fan base and doesn’t have a particularly compelling cast of characters heading into training camp.”

    Shad Khan and his mustache would be the star of the series. He is the first minority to own an NFL team. He moved to America and worked as a dishwasher when he started college. The company he worked for out of college, he ended up buying years later.

    They signed Aaron Ross, whose wife will be competing in the London Olympics at the same time that training camp is starting.

    They also drafted the most well-known and decorated rookie outside of the two quarterbacks.

  22. kiltherl says: May 18, 2012 9:59 AM

    Jag fans try not to read what this guy posts….he completely lied about don banks story and can’t help but proclaim that jacksonville is a bad football town….don’t let it get you down….

  23. hardate says: May 18, 2012 10:03 AM

    Just say no Jaguars. Forget HBO and the clowns.

  24. jmb2023 says: May 18, 2012 10:06 AM

    Hey unfrugby! Chicago sold out all home games for the last decade. Soldier Field has the smallest seating capacity in the nfl. Do your homework. Idiot.

  25. jagfan8030 says: May 18, 2012 10:11 AM

    And another story from a jag hater… One day it will be another story..

  26. kenrw1 says: May 18, 2012 10:15 AM

    I won’t watch Hard Knocks this year unless the Jaguars are on it. I don’t like how the media tries to push their own agendas all the time, and tell us who or what is cool or interesing. I am not a mindless bafoon, let me make up my own mind about the Jaguars or any other team for that matter after I watch them on Hard Knocks, instead of telling me who and what I have to like. Personally, I think this article sucks , and I regret wasting my time reading it.

  27. madpunter88 says: May 18, 2012 10:17 AM

    I am not a Jaguars fan (although I did live in Jacksonville for two years while in the Navy many years ago) but think they would be a great team to spotlight on Hard Knocks. I’d certainly watch it. Let’s be honest, it is HBO and they can make anything fascinating — they made the competition for third-string tight end in Cincinnati exciting a few years ago.

    The Jets series was fine and I know it wa svery popular but let’s not hold that up as the gold standard of what makes Hard Knocks a great show. It isn’t the show-boating, profanity-laced tirades of the coach, or the spotlight of NYC that makes the show great. It is giving the fans an unmatched inside glimpse of the struggles of training camp for average players, it is the candor of coaches, and it is the excitement of seeing how a team shapes up over the course of camp. The underlying dramas about hold-outs and star players is one facet but by no means is that required.

    I look forward to seeing, if it comes to that, how the Jaguars train (isn’t their training camp right next to the stadium in the sweltering heat of Florida?). Their owner has flair and, at least, quite a bit of novelty. The city and the team and largely unknown so I would be interested in seeing how it is portrayed playing in Jax, etc.

    Plus, the rookies are trying just as hard, the coaches are working just as many long hours, and the hits and the mistakes are all the same. It will be great no matter which team is shown.

  28. bpeve34 says: May 18, 2012 10:20 AM

    I would love to see the Cleveland Browns in Hard Knocks. they have interesting young talent this year, they are on the verge of being the next “up and coming” team much like the Texans finally achieved last year. they could use the exposure, they are an original team that most people have forgotten about because they have been mediocre/bad for so long .

  29. lolb23 says: May 18, 2012 10:21 AM

    I’ll watch only if Khan slaps on the camel clutch and promises to make Gabbert humble.

  30. kenrw1 says: May 18, 2012 10:21 AM

    Did I say bafoon? I mean buffoon. I hate it when that happens. HA HA!

  31. joetoronto says: May 18, 2012 11:05 AM

    lolb23 says:
    May 18, 2012 10:21 AM
    I’ll watch only if Khan slaps on the camel clutch and promises to make Gabbert humble.
    ***************************************************
    OK, fine.

    If Kahn promises to come out in old school wrestling trunks and throw the camel clutch on Gabbert, I’m there. :)

  32. seahawks1983 says: May 18, 2012 11:09 AM

    I think my Seahawks would be a good choice…youngest team in the league, three way quarterback competition, the Bruce Irvin story, and Marshawn on camera is always funny.

  33. schmitty2 says: May 18, 2012 11:13 AM

    joetoronto says:May 18, 2012 9:21 AM

    This comments section tells you all you need to know, nobody cares about the Jags.

    Care to explain your constant hating of small market teams like the Jags and Seahawks? Would you prefer they do Hard Knocks on your wonderful Raiders?

  34. careerender56 says: May 18, 2012 11:42 AM

    unfrugby says:May 18, 2012 9:14 AM

    Why does the media continue to bash the Jags so much about having no fans…Last time I checked they finished in 25th in the league for average attendance. In Front of, Chicago, Arizona, Miami, Oakland, Tampa Bay, St. Louis, and Cincinnati. Can’t make those numbers up.
    __________________________________

    Yet you couldnt out-sell San Diego which is pretty much a threat to get blacked ou every week and move to LA? not sure your little stat there helps your argument.

  35. quizguy66 says: May 18, 2012 12:30 PM

    “HBO Present ‘Hard Knocks’: Training Camp with the Saskatchewan Roughriders”

    Kidding aside, I actually like the idea of a season of Hard Knocks with a team like Jacksonville that doesn’t get the attention that most teams do. Should be more about football and less about getting a g.d. snack.

    -QG

  36. joetoronto says: May 18, 2012 12:41 PM

    schmitty2 says:
    May 18, 2012 11:13 AM
    joetoronto says:May 18, 2012 9:21 AM

    This comments section tells you all you need to know, nobody cares about the Jags.

    Care to explain your constant hating of small market teams like the Jags and Seahawks? Would you prefer they do Hard Knocks on your wonderful Raiders?
    ***************************************************
    Buddy, 95% of NFL fans would rather see the Raiders than the Jags, Seahawks, Bills, Bungals, etc.

    You don’t have to like it, but that’s just the way it is.

  37. thegreatgabbert says: May 18, 2012 12:52 PM

    MJD is probably the smartest, funniest, player in the league. Gabbert is the coolest, hands down. Pot Roast is pretty entertaining, Posluszny, Britton, Monroe, Mathis, all very bright and interesting. Mel Tucker, John Cullen, Jerry Williams among the more entertaining coaches in the game. Then you have the beat writer side stories with Drunk Tank Tania, and Uncle Vito’s Home Movies.

    Jags would be great, and Gabbert on his way to being the most charismatic player in the game. You watch!

  38. schmitty2 says: May 18, 2012 2:27 PM

    joetoronto says:May 18, 2012 12:41 PM

    schmitty2 says:
    May 18, 2012 11:13 AM
    joetoronto says:May 18, 2012 9:21 AM

    This comments section tells you all you need to know, nobody cares about the Jags.

    Care to explain your constant hating of small market teams like the Jags and Seahawks? Would you prefer they do Hard Knocks on your wonderful Raiders?
    ***************************************************
    Buddy, 95% of NFL fans would rather see the Raiders than the Jags, Seahawks, Bills, Bungals, etc.

    You don’t have to like it, but that’s just the way it

    95%?? Once again Joe you have proved to be the most delusional homer on here

  39. chazsunderland says: May 18, 2012 3:15 PM

    I just don’t understand ALL the Jags bashing. The Jags are still a young franchise in a small market where a lot people in the city grew up as Dolphin,Bucs, or fans of other established teams. Hell I know 5 grown men who are Steelers fans and never been to Pittsburg. People don’t / won’t become fans overnight. The Jags have a strong following here. There stadium is too large for the market, it was built for college football, here in the south that’s still #1. But I guess small minded people think alike. Go JAGS!

  40. detroitcityryda says: May 18, 2012 10:25 PM

    Let’s face any team will be fun to watch its the training players get cut and some 6 the rounder makes it ,same story with every team .jags will b ok too Hbo can make a great story our of nothing and khan looks like the guy more hungry for hollywood stardom than winning a SB for his team .

  41. skylanetc says: May 19, 2012 7:53 AM

    lol…Jags.

    Dead team walking.

    Khan bought that franchise on spec, knowing it would double in value if he could move it to LA. Now it looks like that won’t happen and he’ll have to move it to Oklahoma City, since no one cares in Jacksonville. How many more tarps will they put over the seats this year?

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