|Houston and coach Gary Kubiak had no interest in allowing Hard Knocks cameras to film the team. (Getty)|
On Thursday, it was the Texans, according to the Houston Chronicle's John McClain, and now, Houston joins (among others) the Jets, the Falcons and the Broncos in declining the invitation. Apparently, the Jaguars have interest, so the HBO series will, at the very least, get a chance to shoot in Jacksonville if it so desires.
But a preseason with the Texans could have been interesting with the return of Matt Schaub from injury, the retelling of the T.J. Yates story, the resurrection of defensive coordinator Wade Phillips, the personalities of Connor Barwin and Arian Foster, the probability of the Texans being Super Bowl contenders, etc.
And besides, there's no better place to be filming in August than the heat and humidity factory known as Houston.
But, as McClain points out, coach Gary Kubiak “is about as private of a coach as you can find.” Yes, McClain writes, the Texans could have said yes, simply for the publicity (that worked wonders for the Jets, right?), but instead, the organization would rather earn publicity by winning games and not dealing with the distractions caused by the extra cameras.
At this point, you have to wonder how many other franchises HBO will (reportedly) approach before it gives up and just signs up for a summer in Jacksonville.
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