The Jets’ AFC East rival Miami Dolphins have landed on HBO’s “Hard Knocks” for the 2012 season. The Dolphins enter this year with a new head coach, Joe Philbin, and rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill, who was drafted 8th overall out of Texas A&M in April. Miami finished 2011 with a 6-10 record.
New York owner Woody Johnson had expressed interest in having the Jets doing “Hard Knocks” for the second time since 2010, but head coach Rex Ryan said he wasn’t interested in the team appearing again. While it seemed that the prospect of a repeat “Hard Knocks” appearance was behind the Jets, the rumor mill started up again when the Atlanta Falcons declined to be on the show.
Judging by internet comments, Jets fans seemed to have mixed feelings on the issue of having their team on television again. The entertainment value and Tebow factor were quite tempting, but on the other hand, “Hard Knocks” seemed like more media attention that the Jets didn’t necessarily need.
While it’s a bit disappointing the Jets will not appear – any chance to listen to unfiltered Rex Ryan is a great entertainment opportunity – the Dolphins on “Hard Knocks” is a good chance for Jets fans to scope out some of the Jets’ direct competition a bit more than they usually would. The show premiers on August 7th.