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Revisiting the Jets’ 2010 ‘Hard Knocks’ episodes, from Rex Ryan’s quotes to Darrelle Revis’ holdout

HBO’s “Hard Knocks” has documented an NFL team’s journey through training camp and the preseason every year since 2007, but the Jets can arguably claim credit for elevating the show to prominence.

The decision to feature the Jets in the 2010 edition of “Hard Knocks” proved to be a rousing success. There were championship expectations. There were intense personalities. There was a high-profile holdout. Best of all, there was Rex Ryan. 

All of those components blended together for the most entertaining season of “Hard Knocks” in the show’s history, one dominated by the Jets’ second-year coach and his larger-than-life personality. 

The Jets find themselves on “Hard Knocks” again 13 years later. While this time it may not be their choice, there is serious potential for some viral moments with a team that has Aaron Rodgers and Sauce Gardner.

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Here’s a look at some of the best moments from the Jets’ unforgettable 2010 “Hard Knocks” appearance.

Jets 2010 ‘Hard Knocks’ highlights

The best of Rex Ryan

The season started with a bang. The first episode featured a no-nonsense speech from Ryan, who told his players to “get used to” high expectations and reminded them that they could beat any team in the league if they play their best. 

It’s possible no clip better sums up Ryan than this one, though. He’s angry, he’s fired up, and he’s ready to eat.

Darrelle Revis’ holdout

Beyond Ryan’s boisterous speeches, there were a few major storylines the 2010 season followed. The most significant was All-Pro cornerback Darrelle Revis’ holdout. 

Cameras captured some intense moments as the star sat out nearly all of training camp, including a frustrated Ryan complaining about Revis demanding a new contract while still having three years left on his rookie deal.

The series also gave fans an inside look at how Ryan balanced that frustration with giving his players an uplifting message. “It’s not about one guy,” Ryan told the team while admitting Revis’ presence was pivotal. 

In the end, the Jets hammered out an agreement with Revis days before the start of the season. “Hard Knocks” caught Ryan reintroducing Revis to the rest of the team once the deal was finalized.

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More classic Jets ‘Hard Knocks’ moments

Revis’ teammate in the defensive backfield was also the subject of a hilarious moment. Antonio Cromartie struggling to name his many children is one clip from the show that will never get old. Cromartie is now up to 14 kids.

Cameras also captured future Hall of Fame running back LaDainian Tomlinson’s first training camp with the Jets and documented how punter Steve Weatherford bought 100 Shake Weights for the entire team. 

Are fans in for another memorable season? Coach Robert Saleh is intense, but his intensity isn’t as outward as Ryan’s. New York also won’t have a Revis-type holdout, though Quinnen Williams’ contract situation could be something that draws attention.

What the Jets do have is a quarterback without much of a filter in Rodgers, a confident young star in Gardner, and a hungry team facing playoff expectations.

The Jets’ last playoff appearance? Their 2010 “Hard Knocks” season. 

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