The Jets have reached the point where even Darrelle Revis is throwing around the word "circus." And that quote came before this latest bit of news: Owner Woody Johnson says that the team would consider appearing on HBO's Hard Knocks again in 2012.
The team hasn't actually been formally asked to appear on the the show again, now two years since its memorable appearance back in 2010. (The show didn't air last year because of the uncertainty surrounding the league's labor situation.) But Johnson says signing on for another season is something the team would look at "to see whether it is something we want to do." Here's Johnson, via the Star-Ledger, addressing the Hard Knocks speculation that began when the team signed Tim Tebow:
"I have heard that, but we have yet to receive a formal invitation," Johnson said. "When we do, we will take a look at it."
But there have been informal talks?
"Yeah, but really, we can’t react to anything but ... a real invitation," he said.
The paper also points out that just last week, general manager Mike Tannenbaum told a satellite radio show that he was "looking forward to watching another team on it this year," but he's since clarified that, saying, "Obviously, if we’re asked, we’ll sit down and talk about it."
For HBO viewers, it's an intriguing possibility. Say what you want about Rex Ryan, but he's a great pay-cable TV character. And while we'd run the risk of experiencing Tebow overload before the season even begins (as if that won't happen anyway), the Jets certainly have a cast of characters that could make for another few weeks of fascinating (or funny, or dramatic) television. But remember: The last time the Jets appeared on the show, they had already built up some goodwill with fans and appeared to be a franchise headed in the right direction. This isn't a time for hype, and the Jets don't really the need the spotlight on them now, unless it's for the right reasons (like, you know, winning football games). There is, after all, such a thing as overexposure.