According to a tweet from Paul Domowitch of the Philadelphia Daily News, the Bengals will be the featured team on HBO’s Hard Knocks this year.
The strange thing is that less than an hour after the tweet was posted, it disappeared. However, not before it had the chance to spread throughout the football universe via various methods of social media.
The last time the Bengals were selected as the team for the HBO special, it was in 2009, the year that Cincinnati won the AFC North and entered the playoffs with a 10-6 record.
Cincinnati doing it again this year would make it only the second team in the NFL to be featured twice. The other is the Dallas Cowboys.
Last year’s Miami Dolphins were selected as the featured team about this time of year, according to Joe Reedy.
Just months ago, the early favorites for Hard Knocks appeared to be the Seahawks and Eagles, or as far as all indications pointed to.
Furthermore, if this happens for the Bengals, it will be Marvin Lewis’ third time involved with the show. The first occurred in 2001 when he was the defensive coordinator in Baltimore.
With the position battles and the great deal of young talent that Cincinnati has working towards the new year, it could certainly make for an interesting show. Especially, as Reedy points out, since two days would be in Atlanta for practice, followed by a preseason schedule against the Titans, Cowboys and Colts.