01 April 2012

Should Hard Knocks cover anyone besides the Jets this training camp?

The last time there was Hard Knocks on HBO, the New York Jets were featured in what was arguably the most memorable edition of the series thus far (watch highlights here). The Jets' loudmouthed coach Rex Ryan became a star with many memorable lines, the contract negotiations with Darrelle Revis, the continuing development of Mark Sanchez and the introduction to Danny Woodhead to many football fans. It was pretty great TV.

Resident NY Daily News blowhard Bob Raissman wrote that after an offseason highlighted by a certain acquisition as well as major question in the team's locker room after a disappointing 2011, the Jets would be perfect for Hard Knocks this year. And I agree 100%, in fact is there anybody that would be better?

The Jets are dripping in storylines. You have the Tebow aspect in its whole, considering he comes with a wealth of popularity, and unpopularity, as everybody knows who he is and knows about how he is known to be very religious. You have the story of a potential quarterback controversy with Sanchez, who has lost a lot of his luster that he had when he led the Jets to the AFC Championship Game in his first two season as fans are starting to wonder whether or not he truly has what it takes to be a franchise quarterback, now has Tebow to haggle with, even as it seems that the starting job is obviously Sanchez's to lose. You have the storyline of Santonio Holmes, who played a big part in the mess that erupted at the end of the season in the Jets' locker room but still is around as his large contract makes it very hard to cut him. The Jets have a new offensive coordinator as Brian Schottenheimer, who was about as popular as John Rocker was back in the day in New York (yeah, probably a stretch, was replaced by former Dolphins coach Tony Sparano. Was Schottenheimer made a scapegoat? And could Ryan and general manager Mike Tannenbaum be on thin ice if the team disappoints again?

So like I said, a multitude of storylines. Therefore, I think that NFL Films and HBO are going to want to trek to Florham Park to make Jets training camp the focus of Hard Knocks. However, the Jets would have to let the camera to cover their training camp and it is very possible they would say no. If they were to say no, I think the overwhelming favorite would then be to cover Broncos camp because you know, they have a guy named Peyton Manning in town. And hey, maybe NFL Films would want to go there anyways?

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