Bengals return to Hard Knocks

Child please indeed.

The Bengals once again will serve as the guinea pigs for Hard Knocks, the popular HBO and NFL Films series.  As reported by Paul Domowitch of the Philadelphia Daily News (who apparently tweeted the news then deleted it) and confirmed by Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer, the Bengals are the pick.  Per Reedy, an announcement is coming next week.

The Bengals last served as the centerpiece for the show in 2009.  Shrugging off the potential distractions, the Bengals unexpectedly won the AFC North with a 10-6 record.

This time around (and with only 13 players who experienced the event four years ago), the Bengals are shooting for a third straight postseason berth, and some (e.g., me) are seriously considering picking the Bengals as the eventual 2013 AFC champions.

While perennial playoff teams rarely need or want the exposure that comes from Hard Knocks, the Bengals can seize the opportunity as a coming out party, especially with the potent mix of young and experienced players with a high degree of talent.  Moreover, coach Marvin Lewis presumably was pleased with the outcome in 2009, or he wouldn’t be allowing it to happen again.

It’s also  safe to say that the presence of the cameras will result in a cameo appearance — invited or not — from Chad Johnson, who was the star of the team’s last stint on Hard Knocks.

77 responses to “Bengals return to Hard Knocks

  1. How boring. Nobody wants to watch the Bengals.

    No self respecting team wants anything to do with Hard Knocks so we’re stuck with teams like the Bengals and Jaguars. Yuck!

  2. I wonder if Jim Lippincott will invade someone’s bedroom at 4:00 am again ON CAMERA to tell some poor player he’s been cut. Classless to the bitter end.

  3. YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I don’t care about the stigma of the show, it worked out pretty well the last time around.

    This is awesome!

  4. I am a long time Bengals fan. I absolutely love the idea of being featured on hard knocks again. Who dey! I believe this team will be more about business than entertaining

  5. I bet HBO was turned down by the Chicago Bulls before turning back to the BangLulz again.

  6. Much more talented Bengals team this time around for the show. Should be interesting.

  7. “…the Bengals are shooting for a third straight postseason berth, and some (e.g., me) are seriously considering picking the Bengals as the eventual 2013 AFC champions.”

    Go home Florio, you’re drunk.

  8. I already know what’s going to happen: I’ll add HBO to my service, intending to only keep for a couple of months while Hard Knocks is running. Then I’ll be too lazy to every cancel it, and it will end up costing me thousands of dollars over 20 years. But it’ll be worth it.

  9. Does this count as community service for the criminality bungles?
    And im pretty sure the correct term to use is kiss the baby not child please.

  10. Doth this team not understand the word class? A few years ago they had a bad rap for the way they ran their franchise…………not alot of winning and alot of problems.

    They’ve been winning more and having less problems recently and they go back to the camera.

    Is it money or stupdity?

  11. AFC Champs is a little much maybe AFC North but in order to get that far Andy Dalton needs to take the next step much and his OC should probably try to get a pass targeted at Green in the first half I say they make it as a wild card once again

  12. Solid team=solid show. Wasnt a fan of the dolphins last year bc they weren’t a good team at that point. From a giants fan

  13. who wants to see the boring bengals, other then bengals fans. not me and i dont know anyone that does. obviously a great choice by hbo….. lol

  14. This has probably been brought up in the past, but I’ve gotta believe there is a pretty good monetary payout to the franchise “owner” for participation in this so-called Reality Series.

    Just sayin’ this might be some indication of where the team management’s heads are.

  15. I wonder if HBO will have The Bengals signing Chad Johnson just so he can get cut on camera again this season and help the ratings..

  16. “Some (e.g., me) are seriously considering picking the Bengals as the eventual 2013 AFC champions.”

    No way no how this team of turds wins the AFC with Andy Dalton at QB.

  17. I think Hard Knocks is a good thing. Besides the fact that each series is brilliantly entertaining, showing the mechanisms by which a professional sports team operates. I think as a team that you’d want that scrutiny. If you can’t handle the “pressure” of some cameras hanging around, or deal with what you’re ” edited” to look like, then maybe you don’t have the mental strength and focus as a team to accomplish anything.

  18. I’m kind of torn about it. The reality show types like Chad are gone, and I would rather this young team didn’t have any distractions. Of course, I will be watching it anyway. It was great last time.

  19. I think they should film the show a season in advance. That way teams wouldn’t have to worry about revealing current strategies and such. They could also include filming at the draft.

  20. There’s something about the Bengals unis that are intriguing.

    On one hand, the black and orange combo is sharp.

    On the other hand, it looks like a cross between modern orange prison jump suit and old school black stripe prison-wear.

  21. Hopefully some more laughs are in store when watching Katie Brown attempt contract negotiations. HBO must have realized that was funnier than Entourage.

  22. The BEST would have been dueling Hard Knocks with Seattle vs San Fran filmed concurrently. Granted it’ll never happen but that would’ve been even more jet fuel for a Week 2 meeting! Gonna be a great game fo’ shizzle!

    #49es

  23. I would have preferred the Detroit Lions or Arizona Cardinals.

    If four years is the statute of limitations for a come back, okay.

    But Cincinnati’s first attempt with the show was much more special because it was trying to resurrect its national image.

    The Lions have somewhat of an image problem because of their on-field discipline issues and the Arizona Cardinals need to be on the map. Bruce Arians is an underrated quote machine.

    As for Chad, isn’t going to Cincinnati for him a bad idea anyways? After all he needs to meet with his probation officer More often.

  24. “Doth this team not understand the word class? A few years ago they had a bad rap for the way they ran their franchise…………not alot of winning and alot of problems.

    They’ve been winning more and having less problems recently and they go back to the camera.

    Is it money or stupdity?”

    Because being on camera is classless. Yeah that makes total sense

  25. “ridnaway says: Jun 15, 2013 12:58 AM

    I wonder if Jim Lippincott will invade someone’s bedroom at 4:00 am again ON CAMERA to tell some poor player he’s been cut. Classless to the bitter end.”

    Jim Lippincott is retired.

    “t8ertot says: Jun 15, 2013 9:58 AM

    Yeah buddy!!! Last time Cincy was on hard knocks they won the division. I expect the same results”

    We not only won the division. We swept the division.

  26. Giants fan here and I thoroughly enjoyed the last time the Bengals were featured. I gained alot of respect for Marvin Lewis and they swept the division later that season. This show never had the stigma of being a distraction until the Jets came along and turned it into a full on circus

  27. We have some intriguing stories this year, lots of position battles, the aftereffects of the Carson Palmer trade, and Margus Hunt: Nobody has a story like Margus Hunt. Estonian track star and Junior Olympic champion who moved to the U.S. to train. The track and field program at the school he went to was cancelled, so he took up football for the scholarship. He learned the basics of football by playing Madden! Then fast forward four years and he’s a 26 year old rookie getting drafted in the second round.

  28. The 2009 season featuring the Bengals had higher ratings than any previous Hard Knocks season. They also won two sports Emmy awards for that season.

  29. I’m a Bengals fan so take this with a grain of salt but I think the previous Bengals season of Hard Knocks was the best of the entire series. I think this season has a lot going on and potentially could be a good show too. The competition battle between Gresham and Eifert, the arrival of Harrison from the Steelers, the Pacman situation, and the struggle of Mauagula since his rookie season (which was the previous hard knocks season).

    I just want to hear Zimmer mic’d up and chewing everyone out three ways from Sunday.

  30. J.J. Watt will be watching for the snap count.hence miami dolphins. 49ers will never be on this show. The show is a joke because teams do not want to be on it.

  31. Only team stopping Bengals from winning AFC is Denver.
    This time around you will see a more professional looking Bengals team. No Lippy or Chad. Mike Brown is the man who got the current CBA passed and idiots want to be down on him.
    Prediction from BengalsJungle 12-4 AFC North Champs and in AFC Championship game with Denver. Then on to SB against either GB, SEA, SF, ALT or NO.

  32. nickster31 says:
    Jun 15, 2013 12:49 PM
    Perennial playoff team? 2 years in a row and 3 apperances in the last 30 years.

    Try harder PFT.
    ———————————————-
    Why don’t you check your facts Nickster. Playoffs 3 out of the last 4 years alone

  33. With the exception of James Harrison, the Bengals have zero personality. Ending my subscription to HBO was the best move I ever made.

  34. I’m sure The Bengals were Hard Knocks like 15 th choice. But no team with championship aspirations would ever do this show. It’s all publicity and nonsense.

    Only a dumb ass franchise would do it twice ( oh yeah DALLAS, lol)

    HTTR. NFC east champs.

  35. “Who dat >who dey

    Who dey is copycat and stupid….fact….geaux bungles….lmao…”

    You have it backwards. Who Dey was first. Look it up silly Aint fan

  36. Figured this thread would be full of haters. Mostly Raiders and Steelers fans who are just butt-hurt the Bengals beat them recently. Bengals have been to the playoffs 3 of the past 4 seasons, have a ton of great storylines (as you will soon see), and a roster full of some of the most talented youngsters in the NFL, like Geno Atkins and AJ Green.

  37. In 2009, when on camera, Marvin adopted a hard-line approach to coaching, holding players accountable for their on and off field actions. He softened up in 2010. I would love to see him hard on the players gain as they will respond and play better.

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