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 SportsRadioInterviews.com.
“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.