Chicago Bears linebacker Lance Briggs called HBO’s “Hard Knocks” “a great opportunity to get a feel for our first opponent” going into Sunday’s game at Soldier Field, but Cincinnati Bengals coach Marvin Lewis laughed at the suggestion , saying that, really, there’s nothing for opponents to glean from the program.
“Well, it didn’t help me much with the Dolphins,” Lewis said, laughing. “So I hope they have better luck than I did. There’s not much that comes out in the show that’s not pretty common [with] all 32 of us [NFL teams].”
The Bengals faced last year’s subject of “Hard Knocks,” the Miami Dolphins, during Week 5 of 2012 and lost 17-13 with Reshad Jones intercepting an overthrown pass near the 50 with 1:22 remaining to preserve the victory.
Briggs said he “watched a couple of episodes” of “Hard Knocks” recently, and called the show “a good scouting report.”
“They do a nice little in-depth view on each individual, of the guys we’re gonna be facing,” Briggs said.
Coming off three playoff appearances in the past four years, the Bengals face high expectations entering the season and face a revamped Bears team with a new head coach in Marc Trestman, a new tight end (Martellus Bennett) and two rookies (Kyle Long and Jordan Mills) starting on the right side of the offensive line.
Lewis seemed somewhat dismissive of the “Hard Knocks” experience, but also cited some of the positives.
“It’s great to work with the crew from NFL Films,” Lewis said. “If it wasn’t for them, we wouldn’t have done it. They’re great people. They work hard. It’s great for my players to see how hard somebody else works at their craft, and their profession, and that’s a good thing. I think it’s great for the NFL fans to see the insides of an NFL club as well as fans of the Bengals around the country. Those are the positives of it.”