The Hard Knocks Jets series was already highly anticipated. Now with the Hard Knocks Jets series airing during a holdout, the episodes will be among the most attention-grabbing of the franchise. HBO has spent the last several years going behind the scenes as one team prepares for the upcoming NFL season. When they picked the AFC runners-up this season, it was bound to be a big show in more ways than one. But, at this rate, the Hard Knocks Jets miniseries may not be so positive for the team, as it continues to buckle under the Darrelle Revis holdout.
Even before the first episode aired last night, New York was the talk of the NFL – though not for the right reasons. When Rex Ryan and company agreed to go under the HBO cameras, they thought it would show off their readiness for a Super Bowl run. Instead, the Hard Knocks episodes stand to be all about Darrelle Revis and his ongoing absence.
The holdout between New York and its best defensive player keeps dragging on, and shows no signs of ending soon. Owner Woody Johnson already fueled the fire on TV this week by telling ESPN 60 he suspected Revis would sit out the whole year. The mood of Ryan and his staff during the first week of camp appeared to be no better.
The first Hard Knocks Jets episode showed Ryan constantly going on about the battle, just like normal. General Manager Mike Tannenbaum had the most telling scene, as he was shown going into a meeting with Revis’ agents – then came back completely defeated.
Tannenbaum even said that he “felt like a failure” and that the two sides were “so freaking far apart.” This part of the Hard Knocks premiere probably came as no surprise to anyone, given the buzz lately.
Instead of being a positive look at a team aiming for the Super Bowl, the Hard Knocks Jets series is now set to be all about Revis, just like training camp in general. New York has been completely consumed by the drama, which could consume the entire season at this rate – and now the misery is immortalized on HBO.
Previous installments of the series have had mixed results for the teams. The Bengals were the stars last year and started out great, but tanked by the playoffs. The 2008 and 2002 Cowboys missed the playoffs, while the 2007 Chiefs were 4-12, and the 2001 defending champions Ravens did not repeat.
There may or may not be bad luck for those teams who get the HBO treatment. But the Hard Knocks series could be the ultimate proof that there is a curse, unless Revis returns in a made-for-TV twist.
New York Times- “Hard Knocks Episode 1: The Ryan and Revis Show”
NJ.com- “Hard Knocks Jets Episode 1: ‘I feel like a failure'”
Detroit Free Press- “How previous Hard Knocks teams have fared”