New York Jets Turned Down “Hard Knocks”

May 11, 2012 – 5:40 pm by Ryan Phillips

Unfortunately for those of us who love great television, the New York Jets have reportedly turned down a chance to reprise their role at the center of HBO’s training camp documentary show “Hard Knocks.” I’ll give you a moment to weep silently to yourselves.

Having the Jets on “Hard Knocks” this summer would have been a gift from God. The last time Rex Ryan’s team was featured (in 2010) it was easily the best season of the show. On top of that, so much has happened to the franchise in the intervening time that going inside Gang Green’s inner-workings would have been fascinating.

We all know the stories about the team’s locker room turmoil last season. And though Santonio Holmes and quarterback Mark Sanchez have reportedly kissed and made up, does anyone really believe that will last? Then the Jets gave Sanchez a completely undeserved extension to apologize for pursuing free agent quarterback Peyton Manning, before trading for Tim Tebow.

The Tebow-Sanchez training camp drama would be worth tuning in for on its own. But then there is superstar cornerback Darrelle Revis, who appears headed for another holdout, and, of course, the always intriguing Ryan.

I’m getting giddy just thinking about the prospect of seeing the Jets on the show again, but alas, it appears that won’t be happening.

The world will be a much more depressing place without getting to hear an update on Antonio Cromartie’s children. Especially since he’s got to have like, what, 47 by now?

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