Hard Knocks: What Price Scrutiny?
The New York Jets looked dreadful last week in a season-opening loss against the Baltimore Ravens. Yesterday, the Jets beat up on the New England Patriots, so Jets fans can breathe a bit easier. Still, you have to wonder if it was a good idea for the Jets — or any team, really — to undergo the
scalpel cameras of HBO’s Hard Knocks series, which trails one NFL team through training camp. Put aside the controversy over Rex Ryan‘s very foul mouth; can all that scrutiny really be good for a football team, especially during camp, when a team’s chemistry is supposed to form organically rather than via a reality show?
Hard Knocks has been filming for quite a few years now (with a break from 2003-2006), and below you’ll find the featured team’s record in the two years prior to its Hard Knocks appearance, the year of its appearance, and the year after. Even if filming were to have some effect on the team, there aren’t enough data to say anything meaningful, but they are still fun to look at:
What’s your prediction on the Jets’ record this year? (And — be honest now — what was your prediction a week ago, after the Ravens loss?)