The Bengals has decided to embrace Hard Knocks, at a time when Cincinnati’s NFL team could be preparing to knock off the Ravens as the division, conference, and/or league champions.
So why invite cameras and microphones into training camp, given the inherent distractions that can arise? Coach Marvin Lewis thinks the NFL Films crew provides a strong example for his players.
“The NFL Films people are totally professional,” Lewis said in the press release announcing the team’s decision to welcome Hard Knocks back to camp for the second time since 2009. “One thing I did see as a positive last time was exposing our players to another group of people who are working hard every day the way we need to work. The diligence and the effort of the people on-site is very impressive.”
It’s a corollary to the story the late Steve Sabol told many times about legendary Packers coach Vince Lombardi. Lombardi actually wanted the cameras around because the cameras made the players work harder. As Sabol told it, Lombardi used to instruct the cameramen to pretend to film practice, even when their cameras were empty.
The Bengals were the first Hard Knocks team to win their division. They’d surely love to be the first Hard Knocks team to make it to the Super Bowl.