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Dear Jets: Just Say No to “Hard Knocks”

By Alan Schechter

Jan.1, 2012; Miami, FL, USA; New York Jets owner Woody Johnson before a game against the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE

Woody Johnson has spoken today. He was quoted as advising that, when asked about the Jets participating in “Hard Knocks” once again, that “no formal offer has been made”. However, he left the door open, saying he would consider it, and making it sound like informal talks have begun.

Earth to Woody: Really bad idea. Please don’t do it.

Oh, it would be entertaining. The Jets certainly have storylines that would make for great television. Tim Tebow himself. Tebowmania sweeping the fans over. Tebow vs. Sanchez. The locker room. Who is behind which QB? The questions that will be asked. The relationship with the religious Tebow vs the cussing Rex Ryan.

And don’t forget about the wide receivers. How will Santonio Holmes behave? Will he bring everybody down? How will he be treated?

The Jets always have storylines, and this season they have even more. From HBO’s perspective, it makes perfect sense to approach the Jets. They were the highest rated version of the series the last time, and they only have more to say now.

And it will certainly generate revenue for the Jets, which as we all know is the single most driving factor for Woody Johnson.

But the Jets must say no.


Because it’s already a circus.

These plot lines are already there, and the team is a circus. Revis called the locker room “disarray”. The questions that we outlined above are already going to be there. It will all be magnified if they are on TV. The Tebowmania stuff going world wide would be a disaster.

Entertaining to watch, no doubt. But a disaster.

Do the Jets need the whole world looking in on a group that is in disarray? Watching a team take sides with their QBs? No.

So dear Jets, just say no to “Hard Knocks”. Please!