The Jags were passed up for HBO’s Hard Knocks this year, despite publicly saying they would like to be featured on the show. Instead of going with the Jaguars (the leagues 32nd most popular team), the TV show decided to feature the Miami Dolphins.
I understand where they’re coming from.
The Dolphins, like the Jags, have a new head coach, they have a carousel of potential starting quarterbacks (Ryan Tannehill, David Garrard, or Matt Moore), and they tend to be slightly more….dysfunctional than the Jaguars.
TV is about selling advertising time. Or, in HBO’s case, keeping things interesting enough for people to continue paying for it. Unfortunately, the worst ranked passing offense in the league, a quarterback with early struggles in Blaine Gabbert, a small market, and a commitment to high character players don’t make the Jaguars a very good candidate for Hard Knocks to retain viewers.
Would it have provided some much needed attention to the Jaguars? Absolutely. But unfortunately, what is good for the Jaguars is not good for HBO.
We’ll see if they want to feature the team after the progress that will be made this year.
– Luke N. Sims
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