Despite 2010 Success, a “Hard Knocks” Sequel is Not Happening for the New York Jets in 2012

Two seasons ago, HBO’s NFL training camp documentary series, “Hard Knocks,” profiled the upstart New York Jets, in a five-week exposition that football fans couldn’t get enough of.

Led by second-year head coach Rex Ryan and second-year quarterback Mark Sanchez, the 2010 season was a memorable one, especially for the folks at NFL Films and HBO, after the program would go on to win an Emmy.

Meanwhile, the Jets didn’t have the hangover that plagued some previous Hard Knocks participants, as they would go on to have an 11-5 season, culminating in a trip to the AFC Championship game for the second straight year.

As much fun as it was for fans, getting a glimpse into the grueling grind of training camp, other teams around the NFL seem to be shying away from being the next team featured in the hit HBO documentary series.

The Atlanta Falcons have already declined an official invite from the show, which has not aired since the Jets’ edition in 2010 due to the NFL lockout in 2011.

As far as a potential return to the bright lights of the HBO cameras for Rex Ryan and company? Don’t hold your breath, football fans. The Jets are trying to minimize distractions as much as possible this year.

Ryan himself indicated this week that he hasn’t even thinking about a possible Hard Knocks sequel, and that reports of the Jets declining an offer are news to him, but not even on his radar.

“It doesn’t matter,” said Ryan, of the impact of being on the show or not. “We’re getting ready to get our team ready to play the 2012 season.”

General manager Mike Tannenbaum backed up that sentiment, though he appreciated the interest and the previous experience the Jets had on the program.

“The experience we had with them was great,” Tannenbaum said. “They were real pros, the people from HBO and NFL Films. It was a great experience for us.”

Alas, all good things must come to an end, and the Jets’ 2010 Hard Knocks appearance will live on in football lore. It was a one-of-a-kind experience, and we were all winners for getting a chance to see it.


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