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Jets on 'Hard Knocks': Been there, done that

Safety Jim Leonhard, left, is filmed by a

Safety Jim Leonhard, left, is filmed by a "Hard Knocks" crew member during Jets training camp in Cortland, N.Y. (Aug. 4, 2010) Credit: AP

The Jets wished the Miami Dolphins well on their first season of HBO’s “Hard Knocks,” adding that they have no desire to be featured on the show again.

“You’ve already seen that movie,” linebacker Bart Scott said, referring to the Jets’ 2010 stint on the show – which also happens to be the last time it was aired. “I think it’s exciting for them. I’m sure they have a message that they want to get out with their new coaching staff. I know for us, it was a tool that was used to recruit other free agents. To let them know that his was a good place to come. I think it will be a good tool for them to use in that regard. Hey, more power to them. Have fun.”

Twice, Tony Sparano has now missed the chance to be on “Hard Knocks” – in 2010 he was the head coach of the Miami Dolphins, and now he’s an offensive coordinator for the Jets.

However, he didn’t seem too upset about missing out on TV time.

“Look, I am a New York Jet, OK?” he said, matter-of-factly. “I’m not any of that other business right now. I don’t make any decisions here. I just coach offense. That’s what I do.”

Jets center Nick Mangold said he was indifferent to the team’s decision not to be in the running for a second-straight appearance.

“It was fine,” he said. “To me, I thought the neatest thing of it was seeing how much film they had and how they took a day and a half to put it in an hour form. It was pretty impressive. Other than that, we’ve got cameras around here enough. As you can see.”

Scott said “Hard Knocks” served its purpose for the Jets in 2010 when it showcased a bombastic rookie head coach looking to bring a new identity to the Jets organization.

“When you have an unknown coach, where people don’t know how he goes about business, his style, his personality, I think it’s a way to open them up to his personality,” said the linebacker.

“…You saw that effect taking hold when you people were saying, ‘I want to play for Rex Ryan’ and stuff like that after ‘Hard Knocks.’ It’s good as a recruiting tool because it puts you on a national stage. No matter what, when you’re at camp, it forces you to watch. You’re going to watch and you’re going to hear about it because you have nothing to do during training camp any way. You only have 15 channels on your cable box – and NFL Network is usually one of them.” 


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