Head Coach Rex Ryan and the New York Jets are certainly not stage fright.
Two years ago, New York made its debut on HBO’s football reality series Hard Knocks, which follows an NFL team through training camp, providing an in-depth look at their preparation for the upcoming season.
Produced by NFL Films, the series uncovers the personal lives of players, coaches and team personnel shedding light on the front office decisions that help build an NFL franchise.
The series first aired in 2001 as it featured the reigning Super Champion Baltimore Ravens and their quest to defend their title. The series took a four year hiatus (2003-2006) and then again last offseason in light of the NFL’s labor dispute.
With the series expected to make a much anticipated return in August, the Jets are entertaining the thought of appearing on the series for the second time in three years.
The hype and buzz pervading the Green and White is palpable, given the fact they maintain the most polarizing head coach and backup quarterback duo in the sport.
Newly acquired second-string signal caller Tim Tebow has created quite a stir since his arrival in New York less than two weeks ago. The quarterback controversy of the century could be on Gang Green’s hands if incumbent Mark Sanchez doesn’t rebound from his miserable performance in 2011.
Talk about must see TV.
While some contend the series could become a distraction, it’s hard to say whether adding another high-wire act to a renowned three-ring circus will make much of a difference.
In its first go-around with the HBO series, the Jets seemed to build camaraderie and chemistry as they made their second AFC Championship Game appearance in as many years.
During the 2011 NFL season, the Jets were highly scrutinized for maintaining a fractured locker room; laden with inner turmoil and dissension in the ranks.
For New York, an encore performance on Hard Knocks could very well dispel any notion of chemistry issues moving forward and reunite the team; much like it did just two seasons ago.
As Gang Green mulls a possible return to Hard Knocks, football fans across the country anxiously await what could be the most-watched football reality series in television history.
Rick Laughland covers the New York Jets for Greenandwhitereport.com
You can follow him on Twitter @rlaughland
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