Thursday, August 12, 2010

Hard Knocks Review

Even though the Jets are training in the middle of nowhere (Cortland, New York), thanks to HBO, fans can still see an inside look at training camp as the debut of Hard Knocks was last night.

Obviously, the biggest story around Jets camp is the Darrelle Revis holdout. This was certainly a topic of conversation throughout the show, but the few glimpses we saw of Mike Tannenbaum discussing the Revis situation were pretty revealing.

Early on in the show, Tannenbaum said, "What we said here consistently between Woody, Rex is that, look, the object of the exercise is to get Darrelle signed. So, anything we put in the newspaper that is not going to help that goal, we’re not going to say.”

Does that apply to Hard Knocks? Because he painted a pretty bleak picture. After getting off the phone with Revis's agent Neil Schwartz, he deadpanned, "That was the most non-negative conversation I think I've ever had with him." Remember, Schwartz and Jonathan Feinsod were the same agents Chris Baker and Pete Kendall had during their contract disputes with the Jets. So there is already a preexisting negative relationship between GM and agents.

Cameras weren't allowed at the infamous Roscoe Diner sit-down between Tannenbaum, Schwartz, and Feinsod, but Tannenbaum was filmed driving there and back. After the meeting was over, the Jets GM was visibly frustrated and distraught at the lack of progress getting a deal done.

“They haven’t said one thing that I agree with,” Tannenbaum said to Jets director of football administration Ari Nissim in the car. “We’re so freakin’ far apart that I feel like a failure right now. Six months later, we haven’t moved the needle. I just don’t get it. I tried everything."

“I just wish I had another card to play here,” Tannenbaum went on to say. “A one-year deal. A four-year deal. A 10-year deal. In good conscience, we can move on. Maybe we’ll go trade for a corner. In good conscience, why don’t we move on and we’ll try again next year.”

Revis was mentioned by Rex Ryan in the first team meeting of the year, as he told his team the goal is to lead the league in wins. Along with about 10 million profanities, give or take a few. But he did say something relevant to the team's stance on the Revis situation when he said during a lunch meeting that “We will not be bullied by anybody. Nobody. Nope. Not in our DNA.”

The show did feature a lot of other interesting thing in Jets camp, with a lot of training camp highlights, including nice catches by Santonio Holmes, Braylon Edwards, and LaDainian Tomlinson. There were also mini-features on a couple undrafted rookie free agents, including offensive tackle Aaron Kia whom Rex called "awful" and Kevin Basped, a promising pass rusher with major knee issues. The Jets released Kia and Basped at the end of the show.

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