Now that the Cincinnati Bengals have been selected to be featured on “Hard Knocks” under the national spotlight, what does that mean for the team’s season?
More specifically, will Cincinnati be negatively impacted by being on the show?
“Hard Knocks” has been called a curse by many fans, as a camera crew goes in and essentially tapes everything that we wouldn’t normally see on and off the field, making a show out of it.
How can a football team not be negatively affected by that, right? It’s an opportunity for immature athletes to boost their ego in the locker room, and allows the exposure of that which is normally kept private between the members of a team- that is, practices, position battles, and even family life.
Still, the last time the Bengals were featured on the HBO special, they swept the division in 2009, and went onto win the AFC north title.
Hmm. Maybe it’s not such a bad curse after all.
According to Fox 19 in Cincinnati, head coach Marvin Lewis asked several of his players what they thought, so it certainly wasn’t a totalitarian decision.
Lewis also apparently agreed that being featured on the show has the potential to be a great opportunity for the fans as well as the matured players, saying the following:
“The feedback we got from our experience with Hard Knocks in 2009 was outstanding. Our fans enjoyed it tremendously and we’re happy to try and provide that same experience again. Our fans love the NFL and they enjoy seeing things they don’t normally get to see. We have some outstanding men, both as players and as people. They’ve got great charisma to go along with their football skills, and the Hard Knocks treatment allows for both to shine through.”
The first episode will premier on August 6.