New York Jets owner Woody Johnson and head coach Rex Ryan disagree about whether the team should do another another round of "Hard Knocks" for HBO this season. Somewhat surprisingly, Ryan wants to get his team out of the burning spotlight and move away from the circus-like atmosphere that has been associated with the Jets. Of course, on the other side, Johnson wants to get the attention back on the green and white after the New York Giants stole away the spotlight with their on-field performance.
Can the New York Jets do "Hard Knocks" if they aren't all in? When the Jets did it in 2010, they were all on board in that they didn't have any reservations about doing the program. Now, obviously Rex Ryan isn't so sure that it's the right time to go ahead and put the team's training camp on a national stage for all to see.
For Johnson, the choice is obvious – all press is good press and the first round of "Hard Knocks" was a major success that actually endeared the team to the majority of those who watched. He knows his team is still one of the centers of attention in the NFL, and putting themselves out there like this would grab some attention away from the Giants as they prepare to defend their title.
Having the HBO cameras documenting every practice and every meeting is something a team needs to fully commit to. If Ryan, Tannenbaum and some players really are against it, it could breed some hostility within the ranks of the team, the last thing the Jets need.
Still, if you wanted to pick who will win out in this struggle, remember who signs the checks. And also know that Johnson has already told HBO that he wants to do it.
This will be a very public statement as to what it's all about for Woody Johnson – doing what his coach thinks is necessary to be successful, or being a media attraction.
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