This year's Hard Knocks will be a tough act to follow

Earlier today, the FedEx man showed up at my doorstep with a package from our friends at NFL Films.  Inside?  A DVD of the first episode of Hard Knocks, which debuted last night on HBO.

Missing?  A note from Rex Ryan that said, “Merry f–king Christmas.”

Even without a cover letter from Rex, it’s excellent.  It’s always been an excellent production; it’s now even more excellent because the folks at HBO and NFL Films have gotten the right team at the right time under the right circumstances.

And it’s already making us — and surely HBO and NFL Films — wonder how in the hell they’ll ever be able to follow it up.

Complicating matters is the reality that some coaches, G.M.’s, team presidents, and/or owners never will agree to permit cameras into every nook and cranny of their training camps, regardless of Vince Lombardi’s belief that cameras made his players try harder.  We’d be shocked if, for example, the Dolphins (Bill Parcells), the Patriots (Bill Belichick), the Chiefs (Scott Pioli), or the Browns (Eric Mangini) ever would sign up for Hard Knocks detail.  Recently, Lions coach Jim Schwartz (who worked for Belichick in Cleveland) said he wouldn’t want to do it, either.

Other teams will be glad to oblige.  The Cowboys likely would do it every year.  The Texans wanted to do it this year.  Pete Carroll probably will throw the Seahawks into the mix for 2011 (if there is a training camp in 2011). 

But even more coaches likely will want nothing to do with Hard Knocks if the Jets underperform in the season during which they were featured. 

Still, even if there is another compelling team that volunteers for Hard Knocks next year or in the future, we can’t imagine any being as interesting as the 2010 Jets.

Maybe they should just feature the Jets every year.  We have a feeling that Ryan would be willing to do it.

31 responses to “This year's Hard Knocks will be a tough act to follow

  1. But even more coaches likely will want nothing to do with Hard Knocks if the Jets underperform in the season during which they were featured.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Consider it done.

  2. I just find it so strange that everyone (other than jets fans) hates on Rex Ryan and his coaching philosophy, but how many people talked about the Jets pre Rex?
    What he has done for this team is turned a second class team into the team everyone is talking about. In one year.

  3. So what you are saying is…..not all teams are the same and not all coaches are the same.
    Some would and some wouldn’t
    and this deserved its own story?

  4. I was dissapointed with the first episode. I felt Rex played up to the camera way too much, so did Kris Jenkins and Bart Scott. The Bengals were a nice suprise and the best season of HK imo well since the original season w/ Baltimore. The Revis angle was so anti climatic with no inside details of negotiations. Left me looking at my watch several times waiting for the episode to end. Listening to the Jets talk shit about how good they think they are for 60 minutes is not compelling tv.

  5. “Still, even if there is another compelling team that volunteers for Hard Knocks next year or in the future, we can’t imagine any being as interesting as the 2010 Jets.
    Maybe they should just feature the Jets every year. We have a feeling that Ryan would be willing to do it.”
    OMG. that’s it! I quit. Im done with this site. nothing but a bunch of links to other people’s work mixed with farily obvious observations and bad attempts at humor.
    Goodbye. Please delete my account. I’m serious.

  6. No one wants to watch the Gawd damn Jets on HBO…not when there are other quality shows to watch during primetime….like the Joe Buck show….oh wait.

  7. They could always film next year’s version of “Hard Knocks” next summer following a drunken Big Ben around!
    PAH-DUM-DUM, tish!

  8. Maybe they should just feature the Jets every year.
    Really? You should think before you write Florio…last year’s hard knocks with Cincy was WAY better and more interesting than listening to these trash talking clowns in NY talk about how they are going to the superbowl. Child please!

  9. The Raiders would be entertaining, but they need to be relevant in the standings to make that happen. Wonder if they would show Al’s virgin-sacrificing rejuvenation process.

  10. Hard Knocks provides an opportunity for choke-prone teams to get all the attention that they so badly crave.

  11. “What he has done for this team is turned a second class team into the team everyone is talking about. In one year.”
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    You do realize that talking about a team and laughing at a team are two entirely different things right?

  12. Dont let it go to your heads Jets fans… being entertaining at 10 PM on Wednesday nights on HBO does not mean you can win on Sunday afternoons. Do you have an entertaining coach? Hell yea, Rex Ryan is hilarious. Do you have a team of big names (albeit over the hill)? Sure do. But while the Jets are hootin and hollering in camp for the cameras, 31 other teams are focused and preparing for the things that count… Sunday afternoons.

  13. I disagree. I was pumped to see this season and I found myself not really into it as the show went on. Maybe I’m in the minority here. Everything feels so manufactured this time. More than usual. Still a great production. Rex Ryan is funny about 10% of the time he tries, and he tries so hard. One thing I found interesting was how the GM comes across. He doesn’t seem very competent. He talks like a fantasy football GM.

  14. i’ve caught all the knocks:
    Ravens ’01
    Cowboys ’02
    Cowboys ’07
    Chiefs ’08
    Bengals ’09
    I’m a big fan of the series…the jets were the team to pick.

  15. The list of teams posted by TheSleepness was interesting… they were mostly loudmouth talkers who couldn’t back it up very well on Sundays.
    I think the Jets are going to be in that category once the season gets under way.

  16. i’ve caught all the knocks:
    Ravens ’01
    Cowboys ’02
    Cowboys ’07
    Chiefs ’08
    Bengals ’09
    I’m a big fan of the series…the jets were the team to pick.
    ————————————-
    Ravens
    Cowboys
    Chiefs
    Cowboys
    Bengals
    Jets
    Big fan?

  17. Teams to Appear on HBO’s Hard Knocks
    W-L Playoffs
    2010 Jets ? ?
    2009 Bengals 10-6 Lost Wild Card
    2008 Cowboys 9-7 None
    2007 Chiefs 4-12 None
    2002 Cowboys 5-11 None
    2001 Ravens 10-6 Lost Div Playoff

  18. umm… Hey HBO… I don’t have HBO either.
    Do you think the FedEx man will magically show up on my doorstep tomorrow?

  19. Revis says:
    “I just find it so strange that everyone (other than jets fans) hates on Rex Ryan and his coaching philosophy, but how many people talked about the Jets pre Rex?
    What he has done for this team is turned a second class team into the team everyone is talking about. In one year.”
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    Beautifully said! Revis, in my opinion you should get the Post of The Week Award. You are 150% correct.

  20. wait…was this a non-negative article about the jets by florio? i mean, it’s not positive, but i’m shocked there was no random shot taken @ rex’s (expanding) waistline or tannenbaum’s (supposed) ineptitude here. i’m shocked.
    next thing you know, revis will back down on his exorbitant demands, agree to terms, and report to camp.

  21. Are you kidding me? You didn’t even mention the Raiders. Al would never allow the cameras… but the Raiders would be incredibly interesting whether their team was relevant or not. Curious omission…

  22. Add Josh McDaniels/Denver and any other team that has people from the Parcells/Belichick coaching tree.

  23. The Giants don’t even have cheerleaders. No way they’d do Hard Knocks. At least not while Jerry Reese and/or Tom Coughlin are calling the shots.

  24. What he has done for this team is turned a second class team into the team everyone is talking about
    In recent years they talked about the Chargers and Cowboys a lot before their Championship victories.
    Oh, wait a minute….

  25. What about the Hard Knocks Curse, it’s like the Madden Curse and the SI Curse.
    I personally hope there is a King James Curse after that debacle. Baby Jesus, bless Kobe.

  26. Who needs Hardknocks, who needs HBO? NFL Network could open this idea up for every team that wants to do it. Nick what’s-his-name-for NFL Films can narrate all of them. Jerry Jones can get his wish and we’ll find out of Vince was right about cameras and motivation.

  27. You got your DVD after the episode aired? I heard Peter King got his the day before. Keep climbing, Mike.

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