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Report: Jets not interested in taking part in HBO series ‘Hard Knocks’

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HBO has expressed interest in the New York Jets for its Hard Knocks football series, but the interest is not mutual, according to Manish Mehta of The New York Daily News.

The Jets don’t seem to have any desire to appear on the show this year, and based on league rules, the NFL cannot force New York to participate due to guidelines the NFL laid out six years ago.

In order to be exempt from Hard Knocks, you have to either have a first-year head coach, have made the playoffs in either of the last two seasons or have had to appear on the series over the last decade.

While the Jets certainly did not make the postseason in 2017 or 2018, they check the other two boxes, as Adam Gase is entering his first season as New York head coach and the Jets participated in Hard Knocks back in 2010.

Due to New York’s cast of characters which includes interesting new coaches such as Gase and defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, NFL Films would obviously be intrigued by the prospect of a Jets Hard Knocks series, but it won’t be happening.

The Jets are coming off of a 2018 campaign in which they won just four games, resulting in the firing of head coach Todd Bowles after four seasons at the helm.

New York has not made the playoffs since the 2010-11 season, which, oddly enough, was when it appeared on Hard Knocks.

That year, the Jets made it all the way to the AFC Championship Game before losing to the Pittsburgh Steelers.