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Marvin Lewis on Hard Knocks: “No matter what you do there’s a camera there”


Twice before, Bengals coach Marvin Lewis has gotten a first-hand look at HBO’s Hard Knocks.  And he doesn’t sound particularly interested in doing it for a third time.

We’ve done our time for the NFL right now,” Lewis recently told ESPN 101 in St. Louis, via

“I think it’s a great thing for your fans and I think they get a great perspective behind the scenes, they really get a look at your football team and if we were doing this right now we’d be sitting there and the camera would be on us right now as I’m making this call so it’s really a 24/7 deal,” Lewis added.

“No matter what you do there’s a camera there.”

That’s really the message to the Dolphins this year or any team that does it in the future.  Like a certain medical device with a camera on the end that goes into a place where a camera never goes (except when it’s a million-to-one shot), the HBO/NFL Films cameras infiltrate every nook and cranny and orifice of training camp.

Still, there always be a team that can’t generate interest the old-fashioned way, and thus will resort to welcoming the cameras into camp, no matter where are set up and/or inserted.

Maybe that’s why Lewis at no point slams the door on the prospect of another Hard Knocks tour.  He was part of the first edition of the show in 2001, as defensive coordinator of the Ravens.  Three years ago, his Bengals team became the first subjects of Hard Knocks to qualify for the postseason.  At some point in the future, he could be working for a team with business interests that would benefit from the exposure provided by Hard Knocks.

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17 Responses to “Marvin Lewis on Hard Knocks: “No matter what you do there’s a camera there””
  1. movinonyoleft says: Jun 4, 2012 2:58 PM

    Oh awesome, a Seinfeld clip!

  2. Playmaker's Dealer says: Jun 4, 2012 3:13 PM

    why are you constantly pointing out the negatives of doing this show?

    dont you WANT to see it on TV? doesn’t it give you a ton of BS to write about? so quit framing Hard Knocks like it’s a death sentence for teams.

  3. farty5 says: Jun 4, 2012 3:20 PM

    “Three years ago, his Bengals team became the first subjects of Hard Knocks to qualify for the postseason.”


    Besides the 2001 Ravens, the original subjects… Your stories always have at least one mistake.

  4. thetickiam says: Jun 4, 2012 3:24 PM

    “Three years ago, his Bengals team became the first subjects of Hard Knocks to qualify for the postseason. ”

    This is a wrong statement, the first subject 2001 Baltimore Ravens was defending Super Bowl champs that qualified for the playoffs during that season. Winning the wildcard game in Miami and then losing to Pittsburgh.

  5. Kaz says: Jun 4, 2012 3:25 PM

    I’m confused. Are you breaking that Marvin may coach another team one day besides the Bengals? I doubt that. MB loves him. He’s a Bengal for life. I doubt he’ll have anything left in the tank to take on another club…

  6. qj1984 says: Jun 4, 2012 3:26 PM

    “Three years ago, his Bengals team became the first subjects of Hard Knocks to qualify for the postseason.”

    You might want to check your facts. The Ravens made the postseason the season following their Hard Knocks camera time. They even won a playoff game against the Dolphins that year.

  7. normdogg says: Jun 4, 2012 3:30 PM

    You’re really stretching it on the Seinfeld references.

  8. naanunaanu says: Jun 4, 2012 3:49 PM

    QJ- after the superbowl the ravens got it, but they didnt win a playoff game, jamal lewis tore is acl that year and they lost to Poopsburg in the wildcard game. 😦 cuz Elvis suck Ballz that year so you may want to check YO facts

  9. jimthebuilder27 says: Jun 4, 2012 3:51 PM

    No duh Captain Obvious

  10. naanunaanu says: Jun 4, 2012 3:52 PM

    be sides Cameras are everywhere already, Traffic Lights, Malls, parkinglots, and even in some bathrooms stalls

  11. joetoronto says: Jun 4, 2012 5:06 PM

    Camera’s are only an issue when you have something to hide.

    Right, Marvin?

  12. bsizemore68 says: Jun 4, 2012 5:12 PM

    All I hear was Miami had a bad draft, no star players, may luck out and win 5, new coach, and on and on, so Miami is at death door this season, now its why do it, how about they have nothing to lose and leave it alone, they made there decisions and now I will watch it, and so will a large group of fans will also.We want to see what is behind the curtain. Bill

  13. t8ertot says: Jun 4, 2012 5:22 PM

    Yeah it’s great for fans, but what’s the benefit for the team?

  14. paulhargis53 says: Jun 4, 2012 5:36 PM


  15. beelicker says: Jun 4, 2012 6:30 PM

    Oh, that’s just sly Marvin performing his signature Bucky Katt impression with the media.

  16. qj1984 says: Jun 4, 2012 7:36 PM


    That is not correct. They beat the Dolphins in the wild card round and then lost to the Steelers in the divisional round of the playoffs that season. The Steelers had a first round bye and lost the AFC championship to the Pats.

    psst…. I should know. I am a Ravens fan.

  17. ytsejamer1 says: Jun 4, 2012 8:12 PM

    “We’ve done our time for the NFL right now”…

    What a fitting comment from the HC of the Bengals…

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