In case you have not heard the news yet, the Cincinnati Bengals are your team for the 2013 edition of HBO’s Hard Knocks and new details coming out about the season should not come as a surprise.
The folks in charge of HBO’s hit series have decided they will use whatever footage of player cuts the team uses, meaning if the Bengals are brutal in the way they cut a player, it will show up on your television screen as it happens (per Fox Sports’ Alex Marvez):
Ketover, though, said Goodell’s request is not going to change how “Hard Knocks” covers some of Cincinnati’s future player cuts when the Bengals return to HBO in August.
“How we’re going to handle it is show exactly how they handle it,” Ketover told co-host Jim Miller and me Monday on SiriusXM NFL Radio. “If it’s kind, we’re going to show it. If it’s harsh, we’re going to show that, too.
“We’re not going to miss any moments like that. Viewers will see what happens.”
Why is this even a story, you ask?
This offseason NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has asked teams to handle cut days in a more humane way. It’s a kneejerk reaction to what happened with former Detroit Lions wide receiver Titus Young after he went on a tailspin after being cut. There’s a slight belief within the league office that cut days may have a negative psychological impact on players on and off the field.
Either way what you’re getting with the Cincinnati Bengals Hard Knocks series this year will once again be the raw footage of how player personnel decisions are made and subsequently carried out.
Be sure to tune in and see if the Bengals alter their approach to cuts in some form.
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