'Hard Knocks' opting out of AFC East

NEW ORLEANS -- The New York Jets were content to be one-and-done on HBO's "Hard Knocks."

NFC South blogger Pat Yasinskas reports the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are the front-runners to be featured this summer.

The New England Patriots aren't the kind of organization to give cameras access to their inner workings. Same can be said for the Miami Dolphins. The Buffalo Bills would be the only other AFC East team fathomable for the show.

A Jets spokesman confirmed the Jets declined to pursue a second season.

Based on ratings for the training camp reality show, the Jets would have been a hot contender to repeat. Head coach Rex Ryan's profanity-laced speeches and an assortment of entertaining storylines such as Mark Sanchez's development, Darrelle Revis' lockout and Antonio Cromartie's children made "Hard Knocks" must-see TV.

No team has been chosen for consecutive seasons. The Dallas Cowboys were the only team to be featured twice, in 2002 and 2008.

"We will give Rex and the Jets the year off from 'Hard Knocks.' But you never know what the future holds," HBO Sports president Ross Greenburg said in a statement to the New York Post a few weeks ago. "It took many years before there was a 'Star Wars' sequel. Hopefully someday Rex and the New York Jets will be back on HBO."