Berk's Blog - 07/19/13
The Bengals are about to return to the practice field for the start of Training Camp 2013, and when they hit the field next Friday, NFL Films will be there to document their every move. The team agreed to be the subject of this years widely popular Hard Knocks series, which debuted in 2001. On Thursday, head coach Marvin Lewis fielded about 40-minutes-worth of questions regarding the filming of the show. Most head coaches are paranoid about any type of information leaving the cocoon of their practice bubble. But Lewis apparently isn't concerned about any leaks. "The Dolphins did it last year, and we lost to them," Lewis joked. And yes, Lewis did watch last year's episodes and said he learned nothing about their team from what he watched.
The last time the Bengals agreed to be on Hard Knocks in 2009, they went on to win the Division championship. But that did not factor into the team's decision to volunteer once again. (From everyone he spoke with) it was something they were interested in and got to see a side of things that they never had. "And I think it's good for the Bengals," Lewis added.
Coach said the only drawback is having to cut a player on TV. "The guy was probably the first one here (in the morning), and the last to leave (at the end of the day) and worked his tail off, and now you have to let him go and everyone sees it," the coach said. Lewis did add a positive spin on it though. "Some of the guys we did cut last time, ended up signing with other teams, and some are still in the National Football League today. They got some recognition, other teams liked how they handled their business, and that helped them," said Lewis.
HBO will air the first of five episodes on August 6th at 10pm. To hear more from Coach Lewis, join us on Local 12, and watch our shows here on local12.com. We also invite you to weigh in on Hard Knocks returning to Cincinnati. Send us your comments or questions on Twitter to @mike_berk, or @bradjohansen.
Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis, left, smiles as he looks at an Emmy that was presented to him by Ross Ketover, right, senior coordinating producer for NFL films and also an executive producer for this year's HBO production of Hard Knocks, Thursday, July 18, 2013 during a news conference, in Cincinnati. HBO won the Emmy the last time they featured the Bengals, and hopes to repeat their success with the Bengals named as the featured team for the 2013 season of Hard Knocks. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)