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As Adam Schein indicated on the bottom of this piece, the Jaguars have told the people who will choose a team for "Hard Knocks" that they are interested in hosting HBO this summer.
It would be a smart move for the Jaguars but I’d guess HBO feels it can do “better.”
The team can use all the exposure it can get. But it’s hardly filled with the type of personalities that carried the last edition of the show, when the Jets were the subject in 2010. (There was no show in 2011 thanks to the lockout.)
Schein reports the cable network wants the Jets again, but that coach Rex Ryan actually wants to scale back the team’s visibility.
Coach Mike Mularkey and general manager Gene Smith, respectively, are not going to match the personalities of Ryan and Mike Tannenbaum.
But the show doesn’t need big personalities to be a hit.
A look behind the scenes at any NFL team in training camp is fascinating, and no one finds and explores the story lines of a football summer better than HBO.
We’d see how a new staff coaches Blaine Gabbert, how Maurice Jones-Drew operates as the one player on the team with a national profile and how a defense that probably doesn’t have the respect it deserves may well be poised to be one of the league’s best if it can find more of a pass rush.
Every season there are stories, and at least one roster underdog, that find a following that extends well beyond the show.
That’s just the sort of boost the Jags should jump on whenever they get a chance.