The Cincinnati Bengals will once again be the focus of HBO’s “Hard Knocks”, as they chronicle the next 5 weeks of the team, and they’ve released the first trailer for this year’s version:
Bengals Owner Mike Brown also had the following comments today about the Bengals being apart of Hard Knocks once again:
What we found when we did that show was people saw us differently. They saw us more positively. They saw us as just people.
We would like our new guys to be seen that way by Bengals fans and develop a bond with our players. That’s a good reason why we did this.
We sometimes are portrayed as almost villainous. The players are sometimes thought to be selfish or even criminal. I’m going to the far end of the spectrum there, but we get some very difficult criticism.
I’d like to think we aren’t that way. It isn’t that we’re anything so special but we’re just ordinary folks if you will. If people would come and look, I think that’s what they would see. I think for the most part that’s what they did see. We surprised people a little bit.
I like the fact that we bring our team back intact. Our guys now have been through the wars. They’ve competed against the good teams. We haven’t won all the battles, but we know what it’s about now.
It leaves us with a goal going forward. It’s not going to overwhelm us. We know it’s a big challenge just to get (to the playoffs). But our guys have in the back of their heads wanting to get there and do well once they get there. They’re primed. Whether that’s enough we’ll find out.