As much as I am ashamed to say it, I tuned in to watch HBO's "Hard Knocks" Season premier last night. What I can I say? I love me some football, even if it is the J-E-T-S.
Some things I noticed after the jump...and yes, there may be some spoilers if you haven't seen it yet.
Here are some of my takeaways from the first episode:
- The very first slide in the first speech of camp by Rex Ryan had the picture of the Jets-Chargers playoff game with Shonn Greene breaking through Weddle's tackle for the long run to the endzone...oddly enough, the photo was cropped to leave out a certain #31 just standing and watching as Greene ran by.
- NFL coaches (at least at the Jets) sure do drop a lot of "F" bombs.
- Mark Tannenbaum (NYJ GM) looks much younger than I thought he was.
- The Jets HQ in New Jersey is ridiculously nice...looking from the outside.
- Rex Ryan is still a large man...a very large man.
- Who knew Mark Sanchez had such good hands as a receiver? Even though he was just messing around between plays he was making some ridiculous one-hand catches out there (then again you never know how many drops they edited out).
- Cro was out there making some athletic INT's...surprise, surprise. I think I saw about 3 highlights of his INT's over the course of about 6 practices or so that they covered: Traye Simmons had more than that in the first 6 practices. Get back to me when you have footage of Cromartie tackling someone.
- LT made a nice catch and run for a TD on a streak route out of the backfield...and both Sanchez and LT admitted that the LB - to put it bluntly - F'ed up. I'm not buying the fact that he is a different player from what we saw last season.
- The Jets D did not look good in the clips they showed of the 11-on-11 scrimmage...either the offense is insanely good or the defense is very poor...or it's only training camp.
- Mark Tannenbaum and his staff appeared to have no idea on how to approach the Darrelle revis situation...I know I'm misquoting this but after a 3 hour negotiation session he said something to the effect of "I honestly can't say that I agreed with anything that [the Revis camp] said in there." Then went on to discuss possibly having to trade for another CB and deal with a season without Revis.
- When Ryan, Tannenbaum, and his staff were discussing the Revis situation, they discussed how the organization will not be bullied by anyone: the media, other teams, or even their own players. Now where are all the knocks on Tannenbaum about being a hard-headed S.O.B. like there are for AJ? I know, the situation's different, yadda yadda yadda.
- LT is a happy daddy. Even with his bitter departure, very happy for the icon that was the Chargers for so many seasons.
- Rex gets $5 fines for snacking...and he gladly pays them.
- Joe Namath showed up to practice and was very unhappy with the way that Mark Sanchez takes snaps from under center, and was talking to the coaching staff about changing his hand positioning.
- The Santonio Holmes trade looks like a bargain for the Jets...now let's see if he can stay on the field and out of trouble (after the suspension).
- Joe Namath's daughter is hot.
- Not much was said about Shonn Greene...as a matter of fact, I can't think of them saying his name even once. Does that mean anything? Not necessarily, sometimes silence can say a lot, but stay tuned on that one, folks.
- Brian Schottenheimer looks nothing like Marty.
- Rex Ryan looks like a fun coach to play for, he likes to joke around a lot. Then again, there are probably a lot of NFL coaches out there that do that.
- Bart Scott has a motor-mouth...talks trash all practice. He keeps it lively. His nickname for Sanchez: "Nacho." In the next episode, Sanchez informs Scott that "nachos" are not hispanic...stay tuned.
- I was surprised with how many players the head coach didn't know. Seemed like every time one of the UDFA guys would make a play Rex would ask the positional coach who it was. For some reason I just thought the head coaches would know their roster inside and out.
Granted, many of these takeaways could just be due to clever editing by the "Hard Knocks" Producers to create storylines, but they are still takeaways nonetheless. My takeaways from the gameplay of the offense and defense were taken from very limited footage, so that could be a factor as well. So basically I am saying that my opinions were probably all influenced heavily by the "Hard Knocks" producers, but it's still fun to discuss.