Initial Thoughts of Hard Knocks - Cincinnati Begals

HBO's Hard Knocks is one of my favorite shows on television. It's captivating. It's a documentary series that follows one NFL team throughout training camp. This season they are following the Cincinnati Bengals.  I am very high on the Bengals this season. They've made the playoffs the past 2 seasons and are poised to make some noise in the playoffs this year. The first episode was pretty enjoyable. So I decided I'd list a few things I found entertaining from the first show:

  • 8 Minutes into the season and Pac Man Jones has run out of gas on the way to camp. Because of course he did. Also, I rank the fact that Pac Man Jones is still a Bengal as one of the most surprising things going into the season. I thought for sure he'd be out of the league by now.
  • I would really like to commend the Bengals for sticking with Marvin Lewis. A few years ago many people, including myself, were calling for him to be fired.  But they kept him and you can now see the benefits of having a stable coaching staff. 
  • I can't decide whether I love or hate Hue Jackson. I'm sure that by the end of the season I will have a definitive answer. Through 1 episode, I love his enthusiasm and his relationship with his players. But my God is he annoying as hell.
  • James Harrison is insane. Not insane in a fun playful way. Insane in a "I don't really wanna talk to that guy" way. A coach had to explain to Harrison that it is not ok to hit their best player AJ Green without pads on. Really, James?
  • I completely didn't care about the Oklahoma Drill. That's some Alpha Male mess and if there is one thing I am not, it's an Alpha Male. If you want to think you are stronger and tougher than me, feel free. I'd rather not be in pain. And for the record, Jermaine Gresham did jump early against Geno Atkins. 
  • My favorite moment of the first episode though goes to Taylor Mays. He's asked if he could have one super power which one would it be. He proceeded to ask multiple questions while pondering this question. All of which, in my opinion were fantastic. I can't do it justice. You'll just have to watch it
  • Hard Knocks these days doesn't show nearly enough actual football. It's all filler and fluff. Instead of seeing QB drills or some 7 on 7 drills, we had to watch Andy Dalton do pilates. Riveting.