Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 5/12/12
The New York Jets say thanks but no thanks to HBO’s desire to have their “Hard Knocks” broadcast on TV.

The show which takes fans inside the huddle of an NFL team’s training camp sounds like a very interesting idea…to football fans. But clearly the executives at HBO wanted to grab more than just the avid sports follower, as after the Jets traded for polarizing quarterback, Tim Tebow, the network extended an offer to have the New York Jets return for an encore performance of their highly rated 2010 appearance.

With the sudden quarterback controversy brewing in the Big Apple, thanks to Tim Tebow’s mass appeal and Mark Sanchez’s shaky play, the Jets may have felt allowing the public to witness the battle themselves may place more unwanted and unnecessary pressure on the two would-be starting QBs.

As headlines about Mark Sanchez referring to Tim Tebow as his “backup,” or Tim Tebow being the first player into the weight room at the break of dawn continue to surface, one can only speculate on the kind of media whirlwind which might have taken place if the Jets had acquiesced to HBO’s offer. Had they accepted, the Jets would certainly give credence to people who claim signing Tim Tebow was just another publicity stunt from the media-happy Jets, looking to steal the Page 6 headline from the Super Bowl Champion New York Giants. However, with this latest news, are we now to believe trading for Tebow was completely a football decision? Sadly, we won't be able to find out the answer to that until the season opens in September. 

AP Sources confirmed Jets’ owner, Woody Johnson, seemed to back the idea of having his team appear again, calling their first appearance a “tremendous” success. However, coach Rex Ryan and GM Mike Tannenbaum were said to be more hesitant, and ultimately the reason for the Jets’ rejection.

Aside from the Tim Tebow/Mark Sanchez plotline, the Jets are coming off a disappointing 8-8 season and have replaced their offensive coordinator with, former Miami Dolphins’ head coach, Tony Sparano.

After the expletive laden tirades of coach Rex Ryan made headlines in 2010, the show was unable to find a willing dance partner in 2011, subsequently causes there to be no “Hard Knocks” aired last season. Again this year, the network’s advances have been spurned after the Atlanta Falcons also turned down an offer to appear.

While most any NFL team will bring their own storylines, few could match the immediate drama the Jets would offer. The Cowboys are always chock-full of dysfunction, Peyton Manning’s second-life in Denver might be interesting or how about the New Orleans Saints coming off Bounty-gate? There are 30 teams left for HBO to try and woo, but right now it would appear this season of “Hard Knocks” might be in jeopardy as well.

So I ask Football Nation, which team would you like to see appear on “Hard Knocks?” Do you think the Jets made the right decision on passes on HBO’s offer? And would you want your favorite team to accept the deal and air their dirty laundry on premium cable?

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