The 2010 season was the first and only time the NY Jets have appeared on Hard Knocks to date. The hit HBO show has awarded NFL fans with many memorable moments over the years, and the Jets' edition 13 years ago is widely considered to be one of the best seasons in the show's history.
The good news for fans of Hard Knocks is that the Jets have a very good chance of returning to the limelight for this year's edition of the show.
The Jets are one of four teams that are eligible to appear on Hard Knocks in 2023 along with the Chicago Bears, New Orleans Saints, and Washington Commanders. To be eligible teams have to meet the following criteria:
- No appearance on Hard Knocks within the last 10 seasons
- No playoff appearance in the previous two seasons
- Head coach is not in their first year
The Jets last appeared on the show 13 years ago, haven't made the playoffs since that season as well, and head coach Robert Saleh is entering his third year with the organization. They fit the bill.
The NY Jets would be an appealing choice for HBO's Hard Knocks
All things considered, the Jets have a 25 percent chance to be named this year's Hard Knocks team, at least from a purely mathematical standpoint. However, all four of these teams aren't equal. HBO and the NFL choose the team they believe will do the best ratings.
Not only do the Jets play in the New York market, but their offseason figures to feature numerous high-profile storylines that should capture the interest of the casual viewer.
From whatever is going on with the quarterback situation to Saleh and Joe Douglas trying to save their jobs to young stars like Sauce Gardner and Garrett Wilson, there's plenty to like about this Jets team on Hard Knocks.
Breece Hall's comeback story would be a heck of a narrative. Zach Wilson's future, assuming he's still on the roster, would make for great television. Not to mention sound clips from well-known characters like Carl Lawson, Michael Carter, etc. The list goes on.
The Bears have the narrative of Justin Fields and the No. 1 overall pick. The Commanders could also be in the quarterback market, like the Jets, or they could roll with second-year pro Sam Howell. The Saints? They don't have much going for them right now.
The Jets are the only eligible team to have already appeared on Hard Knocks in the past, but if HBO and the NFL are looking for a rating boost, you probably aren't going to do better than Robert Saleh's squad.
Don't be surprised if the Jets return to the Hard Knocks universe in 2023. And maybe, just maybe, their return to the show will help snap their infamous playoff drought that began the last time they appeared on the program.