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Broncos not in the mix for 'Hard Knocks'

Posted on: May 19, 2011 1:06 pm
Edited on: May 19, 2011 1:16 pm
Posted by Will Brinson

Whoever ends up as the subject of HBO's "Hard Knocks" in 2011 has a hard act to follow -- the Jets were absolutely the most must-watch preseason football in, well, forever.

We already know that it won't be the Buccaneers, who declined the opportunity to be featured, and has learned it will not be the Denver Broncos either.

"Although we recognize the value of the show and the exposure that accompanies it, we are going to continue to rely on other platforms to give our fans up-close access to the Broncos," Patrick Smyth, Broncos' Executive Director of Media Relations, told

The Broncos would have been a fascinating team to watch on the show, for a number of reasons: they have Tim Tebow (always a draw), they have a potential quarterback battle on their hands, they have a new coach in John Fox, they have a new guy running the show in John Elway, they have a pair of storyline-worthy rookies in Von Miller and Nate Irving, and they've been incredibly transparent as an organization lately, beating reporters to scoop by embracing Twitter.
Broncos' Offseason

But it also makes sense to pass on opening up the doors to HBO. The labor climate makes it very easy for potentially unwelcome made-for-TV drama to unfold naturally.

And the Broncos are in a rebuilding mode: as much talent as they have on the roster -- and they do have talent -- it's a organization that's probably more concerned with instilling the a homogeneous culture change than it is with getting its players a bunch of airtime on HBO.

That's the beauty of being young, though: there's always next year.

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Since: Sep 30, 2010
Posted on: May 19, 2011 4:49 pm

Broncos not in the mix for 'Hard Knocks'

Jail Bird Broncos... that's a laugh. Considering the only major issue any Bronco player has with the law is the Parrish Cox trail.  The Dumervil incident is just someone truying to get their name in the paper.  Maroney is not a Bronco and technically was not at the time of his arrest.  D.J. Williams was caught on a DWI.  Out of these four cases if you can't find any team in the league with more off the field problems you must really only watch cartoons and get your facts from

Did Elway hurt your feelings when you were a pup?

Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: May 19, 2011 3:55 pm

Broncos not in the mix for 'Hard Knocks'

Aaron Rodgers is the best QB in the league right now.  He won the Super Bowl and was the MVP.  I am an impartial observer and not a Packer fan, and that is my opinion.

Since: Sep 16, 2009
Posted on: May 19, 2011 3:42 pm

Broncos not in the mix for 'Hard Knocks'

lol, actually, featuring the jail bird Broncos would have been WAY better TV than the trash talking Jets, and a perfect fit for the crude, lewd TV that appears on HBO. 

Since: Jul 19, 2009
Posted on: May 19, 2011 3:35 pm

Broncos not in the mix for 'Hard Knocks'

If the 49'ers go 12-4 or better in 2011, I will eat my hat.

Heck, make it a helmet.

Such speculation is ludicrous and delusional, based entirely on homerism.  The Niners don't have a decent QB.  Smith is average, at best.  At worst, he's a clown.

Everybody else they could use, same story.  Crabtree has underachieved, Davis below his potential, and Gore not getting any younger.

The defense is okay, but wildly inconsistant.

8-8, if they are lucky.

Since: Sep 28, 2007
Posted on: May 19, 2011 3:27 pm

Broncos not in the mix for 'Hard Knocks'

Dude, wake up Rodgers has had 3 very good years in a row.  He has established that team as a contender because he is the QB.  Put any of a host of mediocre QB's in his slot and the Packers are an also ran.  He had no running game last year and still won with teams knowing what was coming. 

As for Seattle they played at home which is generally regarded as one of the best homefield advantages in the league.  Had they played on the road which they rightfully should have, they likely would have lost like they did the following week in Chicago.  All the NFC West teams have glaring weaknesses that can be exploited easily which is why they are mediocre.  SF is QB, AZ QB and Defense, Seattle, age, offense, and secondary defense, St Louis youth and defense which is improving.  Just be honest and assess fairly.  

Since: Sep 28, 2006
Posted on: May 19, 2011 2:30 pm

Broncos not in the mix for 'Hard Knocks'

Usually they pick a team to document that is entertaining, does not lose too much and has a good chance of reaching the Super Bowl. I think the Oakland Raiders would be perfect.

Is this sarcastic humor?

The comment "does not lose too much and has a good chance of reaching the Super Bowl" used in a sentence referring to the Raiders is hilarious.

The Buccaneers and Broncos were smart to turn down that stupid show. I say go with the Bears or Giants. I would watch to see the interceptions.

Since: Sep 8, 2006
Posted on: May 19, 2011 1:51 pm

Broncos not in the mix for 'Hard Knocks'

Um, not sure which Aaron Rodgers you are referring to?  The Packers QB who won the Super Bowl had two previous years with 30-7 and 28-13 TD to interception rate.  That would rank as one of the best QB's in the league, would it not?  I can always appreciate a fans optimism but there is no way your 'niners finish 12-4.  I do agree with your last point on competitive balance.

Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: May 19, 2011 1:39 pm

Broncos not in the mix for 'Hard Knocks'

Usually they pick a team to document that is entertaining, does not lose too much and has a good chance of reaching the Super Bowl. I think the Oakland Raiders would be perfect. From what all the experts have said an 8-8 season is a great indication that the Raiders will get to at least the Conference finals next season. Really? How does going 8-8 equate success? Raiders are so fed up with losing that they have embraced mediocrity.

Covering the Packers would be a good choice. Just like what they are doing with the SF Giants after winning their title it would be interesting to see if the Packers are really worthy of all the hype. Much have been said that Aaron Rodgers is one of the top QB's in the NFL. I beg to differ. He only had one great season...last season and before that he was riding the bench for a few years. Yes, that's the sign of a great QB. A guy so good that he could not take playing time away from an aging, injury-proned star QB. I don't dislike Rodgers because I do root for all current and former Cal Bears. But to say that Rodgers is the best QB is really ludicrous!

As for my team the, 49ers either they have a great season or a bad one. I don't see how they can go 6-10 again. Maybe 2-14 or 4-12  or just maybe 12-4 or 14-2. But then again...the Packers proved that you don't have to be great in the regular season to reach the Super Bowl. You just have to be "good enough" to get there and anything can happen. Which is why I find it perplexing when all the experts and even non experts are so harsh on the NFC West. They all say a 7-9 or 8-8 team should not be in the playoffs, but you know what? An 7-9 team took out the mighty Saints and the SB champ was only 10-6 in the regular season.

This shows that regular season stats do not mattter because the NFL really is a competitive league where every team has an equal chance of beating another team. Granted some teams are more equal than others.

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