Robert Saleh, NY Jets, Hard Knocks
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The New York Jets do not intend to give the Hard Knocks cameras inhumane access to the team

If HBO thought they were getting a steal in nabbing the New York Jets for Hard Knocks, they were apparently dead wrong.

Adam Schefter of ESPN elaborated on the Jets’ opposition to Hard Knocks. It’s not just the crotchety Aaron Rodgers or the players’ coach Robert Saleh; the front office is fundamentally opposed to the concept of the show.

Per Schefter, the Jets are not going to allow the HBO cameras to have the same access that they normally do. That applies especially to players being released, which the Jets feel is not humane.

In 2010, Rex Ryan was The Greatest Showman, inviting the cameras in to get snacks and whatever else happened to come out of his mouth. Saleh, while not quite Ryan’s polar opposite, is certainly not one to air the team’s clean or dirty laundry.

The NFL wanted the Jets on the show with the team’s full cooperation. Absent that, their other choice was to pivot to the Commanders, but they did not want to do so with the team in the process of a sale. Therefore, as Rodgers said, “They forced it down our throats.”

Whoever said that it’s inhumane to show players being cut, whether it was Saleh, Douglas, or someone else, will likely win brownie points with the players. One of the byproducts of reality TV is abject humiliation; it’s what the cameras thrive on. That is incompatible with a coach who is all about respect.

Jets safety Jordan Whitehead retweeted the post above, showing approval for the Jets’ Hard Knocks stance.

The drama of Hard Knocks may just be about how little the Jets participate in it. Get ready for a potentially contentious summer.

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Rivka Boord has followed the Jets since the age of five. She is known locally for her in-depth knowledge of football. She hopes to empower young women to follow their dreams and join the sports conversation. Boord's background in analytics infuses her articles with unique insights into the state of the Jets' franchise and the NFL as a whole.
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2 months ago

They stopped showing players being cut on Hard Knocks a couple of seasons ago, there’s another ESPNquirer fake story.

Honestly, after the NFL allowed the Darnold “seeing ghosts” comment they are lucky to be in NY at all. Give them nothing! I’m tired of the Jets being a good joke. Yes, some deserved some of it not, that comment should have never hit the airwaves. I have no idea of the discussions but the Jets should have said, “I’m sorry Roger, you owe us one for that, no way you put us on that show.” Now that they have, I hope they make a shell of itself.

Last edited 2 months ago by Jets71