Though latest seasons of HBO’s long-running soccer actuality present Arduous Knocks haven’t been as compelling as they had been in years previous, that can actually change if the NFL forces the New York Jets to take part in this system through the 2023 preseason later this summer time. In keeping with ProFootballTalk, that’s the way in which issues are trending although third-year coach Robert Saleh has made it very clear that he doesn’t need HBO’s cameras anyplace close to his locker room or observe facility. “I do know there are a number of groups that might love for Arduous Knocks to be of their constructing. We’re simply not certainly one of them,” he mentioned earlier this month.
Sadly for Saleh and his workforce, the Jets don’t even have a lot say within the matter and are certainly one of 4 groups that the NFL may power to participate within the present. The Jets, together with Saints, Bears and Commanders, may very well be required to permit HBO to movie them beginning in late July as New York doesn’t have a first-year head coach and has not made it to the playoffs up to now two seasons or made an look on Arduous Knocks up to now 10 seasons. If the Jets fell into any of these classes, they’d be exempt from changing into actuality stars this summer time. Alas, they don’t.
Of the Saints, Bears and Commanders, solely the Jets have a quarterback with title recognition and solely the Jets have a shot, albeit a small one, at making a deep playoff run and presumably contending for a Tremendous Bowl. If utilizing previous historical past as a barometer to foretell future success, the Jets ought to really need to be on Arduous Knocks in 2023 — as a result of the final time they appeared on the present was the final time New York certified for the playoffs and received a recreation within the postseason.
With Rex Ryan as head coach, Mark Sanchez at quarterback in his second NFL season, and a defensive secondary anchored by Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie, the 2010 Jets had been a compelling workforce and made for an ideal watch on Arduous Knocks within the preseason. A part of that was as a result of Ryan, an outspoken foot fetishist, is a larger-than-life character who was at full ease in entrance of HBO’s cameras. The Jets additionally had various intriguing storylines getting into the 2010 season — Revis holding out being a significant one — that made them a compelling watch.
Whereas Saleh isn’t any Ryan in relation to charisma, he’s actually able to commanding a room and would have a noticeable on-screen presence. As for storylines, it’s onerous to beat Rodgers following in Brett Favre’s footsteps and going from Inexperienced Bay to New York after having a messy breakup with the Packers.
“If the Jets get the brief straw, it may really make for a extra compelling presentation, with a attainable angle emanating from the teaching workers and the remainder of the workforce that they don’t need the cameras and microphones there. Now that can be a actuality present,” in keeping with PFT.
Get the preseason soccer began on the best foot, NFL. Make the Jets do Arduous Knocks in 2023.
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