Bengals on HBO's "Hard Knocks"

Joined Nov 13, 2007
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Posted May 13, 2009

Posted: 6:30 a.m.

In anticipation of the announcement that they are going under the microscope in HBO's training camp documentary Hard Knocks, the Bengals said Wednesdaythey welcome the exposure and don't expect any more distractions than what they normally get.

"Cool," said Carson Palmer of the possibility that became reality Wednesday night with reports of a Thursday noon press conference at Paul BrownStadium featuring Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis and NFL Films titan Steve Sabol. reported the Bengals would be featured in the behind-the-scenes series last month, so the players have had plenty of time to digest it. HBOsought to spring the news during the joint announcement with the team, but how can a behind-the-scenes show be kept secret for longer than a two-minute drill?

"It will be probably be about Chad (Ochocinco) at the end of the day. He's the face of the program when it comes to stuff like that," saiddefensive end Frostee Rucker. "As long as it shows we're working hard, that's all I care about. It gives fans a good look inside how it plays outup to that first game. I want fans to see what we go through in the meeting rooms and the strenuous hours and what it takes to get to the first game. Idon't know what the commentaries are going to be, but we're around cameras all the time."

Safety Chris Crocker agreed that there are plenty more distractions than HBO. The tiny Georgetown College campus figures to get blanketed with cameras andmicrophones 24-7.

"You're all distractions. You're every day. You're more of a distraction," said Crocker with a smile of the media. "It's achance not only for us, the secondary, to get exposure, but also for our team. I don't think people know a lot about the Cincinnati Bengals."

Crocker remembers the two most well-known episodes with the charismatic Ravens and the celebrity Cowboys and especially enjoyed the personnel discussions.

"Just hearing what coaches say about players because you don't know as a player how they're evaluating you upstairs," he said. "It'sjust interesting to hear how the coaches evaluate players and what they really think. As a player, all you can do is put your best foot forward but upstairsthey have conversations about everything you do."

It should also get some good pub for the Bengal who is actually nicknamed "Hard Knocks." SAM linebacker Rashad Jeanty got the nickname from admiringteammates as much for his gritty play as his hardscrabble rise to NFL starter.

Already playing with a 16-inch rod in his leg, Jeanty didn't miss a game last year despite a painful case of plantar fasciitis and was voted the club'sEd Block Courage Award. Jeanty left Central Florida early for the CFL so he could make money for his financially-strapped family, and he made the Bengals afterplaying three seasons up north. In an effort to keep him off the restricted free agent market this year, the Bengals signed him to a one-year, $1.5 milliondeal that would have brought second-round compensation.

"I was actually watching it last night on NFL Network," said "Hard Knocks" of Hard Knocks on Wednesday.

"I think it would be kind of neat, kind of different," Jeanty said. "It's about competition and we've got a lot of guys who want toprove themselves. Why not? I just like watching guys compete. That's what got my fire going, seeing guys competing, flying around and having fun at thesame time. That kind of gets me going."

And Jeanty has the storyline the show covets. With second-rounder Rey Maualuga working at SAM in the rookie camp, the writing is on the depth chart wall.

"I don't know where it puts me, but I know my mentality going into training camp," Jeanty said. "He seems like a good dude. I haven'tmet him yet, but I'm looking forward to it. He's not necessarily taking my job. I think it's a competition for a job. So whether that is set instone, I don't know that. I'm going to work my tail off every day to make that decision as hard as possible for the coaches. I'm on a one-yeardeal. I've got more motivation than because of who we drafted. I've got motivation for my family."
Joined Feb 21, 2005
Originally Posted by MJsaver

the BENGALS why....

Besides C. johnson who else is remotely interesting?
The camp itself is interestig. You see with the Cowboys its not that great when you just follow superstars that's why the Chiefs season wasso much better.
Joined Oct 5, 2011
well you have Tank Johnson, Chris Henry, Dhani Jones, Andre Smith, Rey Malauga, Roy Williams

tons of different personalities, I can't see why it wouldn't be interesting.
Joined Sep 27, 2004
Originally Posted by The Wizard

well you have Tank Johnson, Chris Henry, Dhani Jones, Andre Smith, Rey Malauga, Roy Williams

tons of different personalities, I can't see why it wouldn't be interesting.
carson palmer's recovery from injury..

people already forgetting that laveranues coles signed with the bengals too..

they'll find one undrafted free agent to focus on..

their 6th round pick bernard scott is someone who had tons of off the field issues..

their 3rd round pick michael johnson is someone who has 1st round talent but doesn't play up to it all the time..

they just traded for brian leonard and he could compete for jobs at both running back spots..

marvin lewis possibly being on the head coaching hot seat..

chad johnson alone may make this very interesting..
Joined Nov 13, 2007
I think it should be great. DWAI posted many ideas and highlights they could focus on. The UFA they will probably focus on is Quan Cosby (Texas). I'mlooking forward to the show!... Actually, I'm looking forward to the NFL period.
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