Will The New York Jets Being Featured On ‘Hard Knocks’ Hurt Their Season?
If you’re a New York Jets fan, you might feel like you have a little extra hope in the upcoming season. They’ve acquired veteran NFL quarterback Aaron Rodgers who’s spent 15 years with The Green Bay Packers and will most likely wind up in the Hall of Fame. He’s a force to be reckoned with and can really help out this struggling team.
The annoying piece of news the Jets were just given is frustrating – they are the featured team on this season of the HBO series Hard Knocks. So, while Jets fans get to see their team up close and personal and behind the scenes, it’s also frustrating for the players to have cameras and producers all up in their business.
It’s annoying anytime or any season, but for the Jets, as Aaron gets to learn this offense and his teammates it really shines a spotlight on everything they are trying to get done.
Unfortunately, league rules state that you can’t opt out if you’re chosen for the show, based on the last time you’ve appeared. The Jets were last featured in 2010.
Aaron Rodgers had this to say about it: “I understand the appeal with us. There’s a lot of eyes on me, a lot of eyes on our team. A lot of expectations for our squad. They forced it down our throat and we have to deal with it.”
That’s putting it lightly. On this truly important season for New York, I would not want cameras in our locker room every day or following us at training camp as we prepare for what could potentially be a very big season.
Then again, there’s a reason I don’t play football. Well, several reasons. I guess if I did, I’d probably be mentally tough enough to have this series film around me and not let it affect my playing or mental outlook at all.
Ranking the NFL Offenses
NFL teams report for training camps in the coming weeks, and I wanted to look at NFL offenses and where they rank heading into camps.
I’ve found a bunch of NFL power rankings, but I wanted to take it a step further and do my own ranking of NFL offenses. I looked at the 2022 NFL offensive rankings and what teams have done this offseason to improve that side of the ball. I think coaching changes are the most difficult to prognosticate. Specifically what Sean Peyton’s impact will be on Russell Wilson and the Denver Broncos. Last year the Broncos ranked dead last in the league in points. There are huge question marks with the Carolina Panthers as well. Frank Reich bring brought in along with Adam Theilen, Miles Sanders, and #1 overall pick Bryce Young. However, Andy Dalton is on the roster as a steady veteran presence.
The craziness of the NFL offseason has calmed down, mostly. Most of the big off-season storylines have played out to their conclusion. I’m looking at you in Green Bay and New York with that Aaron Rodgers trade. However, there are still a few big names with question marks around them for the upcoming season. DeAndre Hopkins is still a free agent. It looks like he will be playing with either the Patriots on the Titans this season. Former Viking running back Dalvin Cook remains a free agent after being released by Minnesota on June 1st. Then there is the Stefon Diggs situation in Buffalo. It seems next to impossible for the Bills to trade Diggs this offseason. So I will work under the assumption that the team and Diggs get on the same page.
So here’s how I rank NFL offenses in mid-July for the upcoming season.