Jets still not interested in Hard Knocks encore


Last month, Jets G.M. Mike Tannenbaum told ProFootballTalk Live that there will be no encore performance by his team on HBO’s Hard Knocks.  Even though coach Rex Ryan explains in his book, Play Like You Mean It, that the attention that came from being on the show prepared the team for the media crush that occurred during the 2010 playoffs and even with three teams saying “no thanks” in response to invitations to appear on the 2011 edition of the show, Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports that the Jets won’t be having a change of heart.

Specifically, the Jets will not accept an invitation if/when an invitation for 2011 comes.

So far, the Lions, Buccaneers, and Broncos have formally passed.

Barring a fairly dramatic development, the discussion is largely academic at this point.  The NFL and the players seem to be on a collision course for a truncated training camp/preseason, possibly coming in September or October.  At some point, the folks at HBO should consider developing a weekly series that chronicles the ins and outs of the lockout, especially as the start of the season begins to be seriously threatened.

Who knows?  Shining the lights of the NFL Films cameras on the situation could be the best way to solve it.

10 responses to “Jets still not interested in Hard Knocks encore

  1. Why is HBO so concerned about who’s going to be on Hardknocks? We are not even sure if there’s going to be a full season…And even if the NFL lockout is lifted in the future..why would any team with the shorten amount of time to prepare for the season want more distraction in the work place. Teams need to focus and not worry about putting on make up and how they look on the camera.

  2. The Jets were on Hard Knocks last year?

    I thought that was a new HBO comedy series.

    So apparently Rex was actually serious when he promised to win last year’s Super Bowl last summer? Amazing!

  3. HBO needs to take a year off Hard Knocks. It is just bad PR to have 32 teams reject you before you get a clue. and all 32 teams should do that. there is simply no upside for teams letting cameras into what will likely be sloppy, thrown-together camps where lockout bad blood lingers around every corner.

  4. santolonius –

    “there is simply no upside for teams letting cameras into what will likely be sloppy, thrown-together camps where lockout bad blood lingers around every corner.”

    No upside for the team, but for HBO that added tension and bad blood makes for compelling, dramatic tv.

  5. The last two teams that did hard knocks had success the following season. The Bengals dominated the AFC North and won the division. The Jets went to another AFC Championship game after beating Peyton Manning and Tom Brady on the road in consecutive weeks.

    For entertainment purposes. I would love to see the Raiders be the hard knocks team if there is a season. I think that the teams that struggled to sell out their games last season. These teams need to accept an invitation by hbo if given.

  6. touchdownroddywhite:
    i agree if HBO could find a team, the emotion would be reality tv gold. but for the NFL, when the lockout ends, the most important thing for the league is to turn the page quickly and win back fans. having a season of Hard Knocks that keeps that page from turning would be dumb. so if the league doesn’t just ban the cameras out and out, HBO should consider whether all these reject headlines are a good thing. (having written these sentences i realize how trivial this all is. sigh.)

  7. I’m a fan of the show. It is well produced and gives a great insight to the team and the inner operations. I’d love to see the Cardinals….but I think the best bet for ratings this year they should put the Atlanta Falcons on.
    Either way I don’t care what team they choose so long as there is an NFL season and another season of Hard Knocks.

  8. I really love this show. I hate the JETS and last year was still must see TV for me.

    But as a fan of the show Im starting to worry that they will have more and more problems getting teams to agree to be on the show, and it will hurt in the long run.

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