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The Bengals will be featured on HBO's "Hard Knocks" for the second time in five years.
The 2009 team featuring diva receiver Chad Johnson was the last to participate in the series. The Bengals rallied that season and swept the division for the first time in club history on their way to a 10-6 record and the AFC North crown.
This year, it is a much different story.
Replace big-time personalities with young, humble players such as wide receiver A.J. Green or running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis.
It may not be as much of a spectacle as the 2009 season, but it should be filled with some great football as this young team shows the nation that it is ready to compete.
The bright lights of the cameras and national audience surrounding the team could very well be a good thing for this club. They have the maturity to handle the cameras being around and it could very well help end their woes in the prime-time games.
Marvin Lewis seemed rather happy about the new installment of the television series in a recent interview on Bengals.com.
The feedback we got from our experience with Hard Knocks in 2009 was outstanding. Our fans enjoyed it tremendously and we're happy to try and provide that same experience again. Our fans love the NFL and they enjoy seeing things they don't normally get to see. We have some outstanding men, both as players and as people. They've got great charisma to go along with their football skills, and the Hard Knocks treatment allows for both to shine through.
It appears that Lewis is rather comfortable with the decision. The team will not be able to pass its success or failure off on the show's presence at training camp. We will all just have to wait for the outcome.