One of the questions that has plagued NFL owners, fans and players is whether the HBO reality show Hard Knocks is really worth the entertainment we are provided. Sure, the show is great as it gives us insight into what the younger players go through trying to make the team, shows the agony that coaches and GMs go through in selecting a roster and allows us to see the lighter side of the players’ personalities, but can this show be detrimental to a team?
According to Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt, Hard Knocks played a role in their match-up with the Miami Dolphins, and specifically helped him figure out the snap count from rookie QB Ryan Tannehill. Watt ended up with 1.5 sacks, so obviously if he says he figured out the snap count, it worked.
This is a difficult dilemma for me because as much as I love the show, I would never want to see the New York Giants (my favorite team) take part in it. As much as I know I would get into it and absolutely fall in love with it, I see the repercussions and the fact that there is no benefit from it.
Watt seemingly provided the keys to the car for coaches and GMs who want to drive this show into the ground. Coaches do not publicly trash the show when their teams get picked, but I can guarantee no NFL coach would willingly participate if given the option.
Well, except maybe Rex Ryan.