Creative Editing II

August 29th, 2017

More editing hijinks.

Yes, Joe has his eyes open and ears cleaned looking and listening for, well, shall we say inconsistencies in “Hard Knocks,” the NFL Films-produced HBO series featuring the Bucs. The fourth of the five-part series airs tonight.

Last week, Joe documented how “Hard Knocks” has edited footage that shows the west Tampa skyline to make it appear heavy decisions are made by the movers and shakers at One Buc Palace at the break of dawn, as if the powers that be sweated over transactions overnight at their offices without the luxury of sleep. In fact, the skyline shown was the sun setting at dusk, not the sun rising over the eastern horizon.

Joe refers to this as “creative editing.”

Joe also swears that a clip in last week’s “Hard Knocks” — where edited footage is made to appear that defensive coordinator Mike Smith is chewing out since-released cornerback Maurice Fleming — was cooked. At the time that footage was shot, at a joint practice between the Bucs and the Jags, Joe was standing on the sidelines monitoring the Bucs defense and Joe is convinced the footage of Smith hollering was actually directed at Ryan Smith, not at Fleming. But Joe was not recording the audio of the practice so Joe cannot be fully sure, but if he had to bet $100 on Hard Knocks misleading, Joe would.

Yet another example of creative editing.

Now, however, Joe has it on record from a Bucs player admitting “Hard Knocks” traffics in (some) creative editing.

Joe was talking with fourth-string quarterback Sefo Liufau today about something other than “Hard Knocks” when the subject of a scene last week in “Hard Knocks” came up. In that footage, Liufau was seen telling America’s Quarterback, Pro Bowler Jameis Winston, to tone it down a notch after Jameis was [purportedly] shown ripping Peyton Barber for not giving full effort in practice.

Liufau seemed to suggest that his conversation with Jameis about toning it down did not come after the clip of Jameis scolding Barber.

“‘Hard Knocks’ does a good job of… ” Liufau paused searching for the right words, “… cropping it.”

For those unaware, “cropping” is a term used in photo editing.

Joe then mentioned to Liufau his theory of creative editing and Liufau laughed.

“Yeah, that creative editing can get you sometimes,” Liufau joked.

Liufau noted that he and Jameis are good, despite what that scene may have portrayed. He appreciates very much how much Jameis helps him out and Liufau told Joe that Jameis is just a very intelligent, intense person when it comes to football. He also added that there is no detail too small for Jameis to overlook.

“I learned the amount of preparation that it takes to be successful on a day-to-day basis,” Liufau said of what he has learned in a few months with Jameis. “He is always preparing, always working on something.”

When Joe asked Liufau if there was any detail too trivial for Jameis to waste time on, Liufau had a quick response.

“Never. Not with him,” Liufau said. “[Jameis] is very smart. He knows what is going on from the offensive line to the receivers. He knows everything that is going on. It shows me how much you have to prepare and how much you have to know.”

And Liufau noted he now fully understands what it takes to win a roster spot with an NFL team, probably not in Tampa, but perhaps somewhere else, thanks largely to Jameis.

8 Responses to “Creative Editing II”

  1. westernbuc Says:

    All of this might be true, but Sefo’s asking Jameis if they can cut you after the season starts was unedited and revealing.

  2. Joe Says:


    There is a whole lot good about “Hard Knocks.” But it is not without some fudging.

  3. stpetebucsfan Says:

    This is no surprise. I’m sure Joe knows how it works because he’s already pointed it out.

    It’s an entertainment show…not an exercise in football journalism.

    Perhaps some folks think Survivor is real…LMAO…there is no such thing as a reality TV show other than newsclips that get shown live before there is a chance to edit.

    Let’s face it…that’s part of what makes sports so exciting. Because when it comes to the actual games they’re unscripted…no editing allowed. Although I do remember an hilarious scene from a Chicago Cubs game with Harry Carey on the call…Harry points out there is a delay in the game because of something that fell out of the stands in the outfield….the camera pulls in for a quick tight shot…it’s a blow up doll in bj position! I started LMAO but the Cub broadcast crew quickly cut to a crowd shot and Harry nor any announcer ever said another word about it.

  4. Howard Cosell Says:

    when it comes to the actual games they’re unscripted…no editing allowed.

    That’s what the zebras are for.

  5. Rod Munch Says:

    Uh oh… they’re focusing on Joe Dirt… that means they know he’s getting cut.

  6. Rod Munch Says:

    LB coach is saying what I’ve been seeing with Joe Dirt – I’m not sure he has the speed to be a MLB for the Bucs – teams have been throwing right down the middle on him, Jacksonville did at the end of the game and Cleveland did it twice. Perhaps he can learn positioning better, I’m wanting him to make it – I think he’s a shoo in for the practice squad.

  7. Rod Munch Says:

    Another good episode of Hard Knocks. I feel bad for Joe Dirt, I just don’t think he has the physical tools to make the team, and he does everything else right. Now with that said on those passes down the seam where he’s been beat it’s not like he’s been beat by a few steps, he’s been close to making plays and with reps it’s possible he could make up for being a half step too slow. I’m pretty sure he’s practice squad bound and the way the Bucs are playing up the lack of physical tools I don’t think another team will snag him since he can’t start, yet. But with time, perhaps there’s a way.

    Also Bobo did himself no favors – to act that way you need to be making plays. If you’re a nobody and you’re a j/o then it’s a bad combo.

  8. Edgar Says:

    Joe putting new meaning to “breaking down film”. Good job