HBO wants a Hard Knocks team locked in by June 1

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Over the past several weeks, ample discussion and speculation have emerged regarding the teams that will (or, more accurately, won’t) appear on HBO’s Hard Knocks.

Michael Shain of the New York Post (via SportsBusiness Daily) reports that HBO wants to have its team picked by June 1.

Plenty of franchises are out of the running.  Redskins coach Mike Shanahan and Seahawks G.M. John Schneider separately have told PFT Live over the past week or so that their teams aren’t interested.  49ers owner Jed York removed his team from the running in response to a PFT tweet regarding Shanahan’s lack of interest.  Also, the Falcons previously declined an offer to appear on the program.

The Broncos reportedly have passed.  Ditto for the Texans.  Jets G.M. Mike Tannenbaum told PFT Live last week that the Jets haven’t been offered the assignment (which possibly means they’ve made it known in advance that they don’t want to do it).

Per the report, NFL Films president Steve Sabol has been unable to personally recruit teams as he continues to fight brain cancer.  “Without him going out to the teams twisting arms,” an unnamed “insider” told the Post, “it’s been hard.”

Still, HBO privately claims that there will be a team, and thus there will be a show.  (The Jaguars currently are believed to be the only team that actually wants to do it.)

My first choice would be the Jets.  Then the Saints.  Then the Broncos, Colts, and Redskins.  Beyond those five teams, it simply won’t be appointment viewing in 2012.

I’ve got a feeling — just a feeling — it’s going to be the Cowboys.

Feel free to post your preferences and/or guesses in the comments.

73 responses to “HBO wants a Hard Knocks team locked in by June 1

  1. All I know is teams like the Giants and Steelers would never be on that show. Too classy for that’s BS

  2. Why not the Seahawks? Hard Knocks would be a perfect fit for Pete Carroll.

  3. Not a snowball’s chance in hell that the Saints allow anyone with a camera anywhere near their facility after the Pamphillon mess.

  4. They could film a herd of crickets in the moonlight and call it Browns Training camp.

    But then that would spoil what they have to show during the regular season.

  5. I understand why the Panthers wouldn’t want to do it, but I don’t understand why Florio doesn’t think they’d be an ideal fit. Newton and Smith would be entertaining and Beason and Davis would be interesting to follow as they return from injury.

  6. I still believe the Cleveland Browns would be a very interesting team to watch on hard knocks. they have 2 high 1st round picks that are interesting to watch (best running back out of college since A.P., so they say, and a 28 year old rookie QB trying to take the starting job from the winning-est QB in college history) not to mention they clearly have a nation wide following, and alot of regular NFL fans have forgotten about them a little bit. I sure don’t want to see the Jag’s on there again.

  7. My first choice would be the Jets. Then the Saints.
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    By how many stories PFT posts about the Jets and Saints, I would have never guessed that. Oh wait yes I would.

  8. No one really thought the Bengals would be appointment viewing either, but they set the bar very high for the Jets. And it wasn’t even Ocho Cinco, it was folks we otherwise wouldn’t know, like Paul Alexander.

    Maybe they should go back to Cincinnati again…with Jay Gruden and Hue Jackson added to the mix, they’ve got some new story lines to pursue.

  9. “My first choice would be the Jets. Then the Saints…”

    I never thought of it, but how could the Saints not be the top choice? It will never happen (this season), but outside of the Favre/Rodgers drama of ’08, would there be a more interesting “behind the scenes” preseason for a team in recent years?

    Plus they could have fun with it. They could show the players busting their humps on the practice field with pads cracking, guys yelling, fights breaking out – the joys of training camp – and then they could cut to Sean Payton sitting in his quiet living room watching “The View” or something.

  10. HBO wants any team not named the Jaguars and that’s why it still hasn’t been announced.

    If the XFL was still around, HBO might have prefered them over Jacksonville.

  11. “My first choice would be the Jets. Then the Saints. Then the Broncos, Colts, and Redskins. Beyond those five teams, it simply won’t be appointment viewing in 2012.”

    Completely disagree, ever season it’s been on I’ve found it to be appointment viewing. Just too interesting and entertaining not to be. Also, why the Colts? What’s so interesting about them, they have a QB vacancy? Put any team on there and it will be good.

  12. Detroit. Close it. Have they passed yet? I’d love to see their schizo coach in action. Plus, they’re actually good and have big name players, unlike the Jets and Jaguars.

  13. It’s patently stupid for any team to want to be on that program. Nothing good can come from it. The only ones who could be are those with a disinterested fan base trying to raise support.

  14. My pick would be the patriots. We would all be able to see what goes on behind the scenes that makes that team so successful. Plus Gronk, Welker, and Ocho would be great to watch.

  15. I don’t understand the people who say “I won’t watch it unless x team does it.” It’s inside access to an NFL training camp… does it really matter if it’s a specific team? All teams have the natural drama of ups, downs, injuries, contract holdouts, player cuts, position battles, etc. Any team makes for good TV. Fans of football should understand that.

  16. Not the Cowboys!!!!!! They are the most overrated Hard Knocks team EVER!!!

    They haven’t been interesting since the days of Deion Sanders, Michael Irvin, and Charles Haley!!!!!!

    The 2002 Hard Knocks Cowboys were boring and a waste of time!!! No one relevant was on the damn team!!!!!

    The 2008 Cowboys weren’t that interesting!!!!!! The media over-exaggerates everything with regard to them!!!! Jerry Jones ain’t that nuts, Tony Romo will never win a Super Bowl, and Jason Garrett is too much of an intellectual to be a damn good head coach!!!!

    Garrett doesn’t even use his offensive players like how little boys know how to use toy soldiers!!!! He is in the easiest offensive era in NFL history and he can’t use his weapons the way Belichick, Payton, or McCarthy can!!!

    The Dallas Cowboys: the most overrated Hard Knocks Team, EVER!!!

  17. For those who don’t know, the Jags would be a good fit & Hardknocks are underrating them. I’ll give you some reasons why the Jags would be a good fit:
    1. Change (Owner, Coach, Assistant coaches, some new personnel)
    2. The Jags have quite a few competitions as it is, so the loser would be called in & its seriously all dramatic from there
    3. Who the hell wouldn’t want to see KHAN every chance he gets on TV
    4. Training Camp show here back in 2004 drew some heavy ratings, if I remember correctly, so why not??

  18. Hopefully no team will accept the offer…then that stupid show can just go away once and for all.

  19. Cowboys ummm no

    i vote for a second tier team that doesnt get much pub as others

    Rams, Jags, Phins, Radiers, Bills,

    also the Chargers and why they stink so bad in the eariler part of the season.

    but i hope for the Browns – give their fans something to be happy about……. for once

  20. Detroit. Close it. Have they passed yet?
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    Long time ago. I think they were HBO’s 1st or 2nd choice.

  21. BTW, many are overlooking some interesting teams (if people gave them chances)!!!

    There’s Cam Newton, Steve Smith, and the Panthers; Chan Gailey, Buddy Nix, and the Bills; the alleged hype-craving Stephen Ross and the Dolphins, the QB-dilemma bound Titans and alleged maverick owner Bud Adams; the St. Louis Rams, Jeff Fisher; plus how do they do without Gregg Williams????
    Don’t forget their underrated, but relatively entertaining coach like Dave McGinnis; linebacker James Laurenitis, the Sam Bradford story with respect to his shoulder, and “are the days in St. Louis coming to an end???”

  22. It would be fun to see the Eagles on Hard Knocks, but somehow I doubt if Andy Reid would use the kind of colorful language that HBO requires in their featured shows.

  23. I would love to see the Jaguars on Hard Knocks. A young QB struggling to prove himself, the top running back in the NFL and the best WR out of college.
    That should be enough for a true football fan. The problem is most of the armchair QB fans want petty drama.
    Leave that to Jersey Shore, I want football.

  24. ZERO chance the Lions are on HN if Jim Schwartz has anything to say about it. He gets a ton of static here for being a “hothead” or whatever. But JS is an old school, control freak coach. No way he lets a bunch of ninnies with cameras around his squad. Not gonna happen.

  25. The Browns would be a great fit. They have the 29 yr old rookie QB that played for the Yankees and the #3 overall pick that was dissed by the greatest player in franchise history, Jim Brown. Other rookies have been panned as reaches by the media. HBO can dive into the two most prominent points of discussion this offseason…Bounty Gate and concussions. Fujita has a looming suspension and Colt McCoy ended the season with a concussion. They have competition at a number of positions and a relatively young team so the coaches will be doing a lot of teaching. They have a number of players involved in the community like Haden and Cribbs. They also have the Big Show and should have an overall us against the world approach.

  26. rajbais says: May 25, 2012 10:41 AM

    Not the Cowboys!!!!!! They are the most overrated Hard Knocks team EVER!!!

    They haven’t been interesting since the days of Deion Sanders, Michael Irvin, and Charles Haley!!!!!!

    The 2002 Hard Knocks Cowboys were boring and a waste of time!!! No one relevant was on the damn team!!!!!

    The 2008 Cowboys weren’t that interesting!!!!!! The media over-exaggerates everything with regard to them!!!! Jerry Jones ain’t that nuts, Tony Romo will never win a Super Bowl, and Jason Garrett is too much of an intellectual to be a damn good head coach!!!!

    Garrett doesn’t even use his offensive players like how little boys know how to use toy soldiers!!!! He is in the easiest offensive era in NFL history and he can’t use his weapons the way Belichick, Payton, or McCarthy can!!!

    The Dallas Cowboys: the most overrated Hard Knocks Team, EVER!!!

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    Man, I got tired just reading that. You must be exhausted.

    Hit the showers, little buddy.

  27. dontouchmyjunk says: May 25, 2012 10:26 AM

    It’s patently stupid for any team to want to be on that program. Nothing good can come from it. The only ones who could be are those with a disinterested fan base trying to raise support.

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    What exactly is “patently stupid”? Is that stupidity that has a patent?

    I love people that try to use cliche phrases but dont actually understand what they mean and totally botch them…

    I think may be you are trying to say “blatantly stupid”, which is an exaggerated way to say obvious stupidity.

  28. No Mr bufallo. I knew exactly what I wrote when I mixed my outrage sentiment metaphor.

  29. HBO thought about asking the Cleveland Browns, but then they remembered that the show is supposed to be about an NFL football team.

  30. I could tell you right now it won’t be the Cowboys. So get that idea out of your head Florio.

  31. Some team needs to just step up! It’d be impossible for HBO to say no if one team flat out volunteered. This is one of the best mini-series on television, I hope it’s not blackballed forever!

  32. tallguyme says:
    May 25, 2012 9:55 AM
    oh, so you’d have no interest in the Patriots doing it then right?
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    I think that falls under the heading of “it goes without saying”.

    As in, “it goes without saying” that there is no way the NFL would even bother to ask Bill Belichick to do something that stupid.

  33. Why do you keep mentioning that it will not be interesting if its not one of your picks? Millions watch the pro bowl and that blows (yeah I know not everyone gets HBO, but it shows how much we love football)….Hard knocks is amazing no matter the team. I still watch re-runs from the shows years ago when they come on, that’s how intriguing it is.

  34. My pick would be the patriots.
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    Could not agree more. Only access to the government’s UFO/alien files would be as fascinating.

  35. buzzardpointlookout says: May 25, 2012 11:17 AM

    Hit the showers, little buddy.
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    That’s what Sandusky said.

  36. For me its appointment viewing no matter what team it is……Im interested in seeing the internal workings of the teams, the processes they use at practice and in meetings. The cut down days are awesome. It could be the worst team in the league and its still fun to watch. I think most football fans would probably agree.

  37. I wonder the teams don’t want anything to do camera’s in locker room after the Greg Williams tapes were released.

  38. buffalohogan says: May 25, 2012 11:17 AM

    dontouchmyjunk says: May 25, 2012 10:26 AM

    It’s patently stupid for any team to want to be on that program. Nothing good can come from it. The only ones who could be are those with a disinterested fan base trying to raise support.

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    What exactly is “patently stupid”? Is that stupidity that has a patent?

    I love people that try to use cliche phrases but dont actually understand what they mean and totally botch them…

    I think may be you are trying to say “blatantly stupid”, which is an exaggerated way to say obvious stupidity.

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    HAHA, maybe you should look up the definition of “patently”

    adverb British English pronunciation: patently /ˈpeɪt(ə)ntli/

    in a way that is so obvious that no one could disagree

    “a patently unfair law”

    His usage was fine….

  39. Jags are a good fit only if they move to LA; being in Jacksonville unfortunately means that the owners subsidise the team and this creates a competitive balanace issue.

  40. My favourite HK season was the Bengals…in that vein the Browns would be a great choice. Pass on the ‘Boys or the Jets please.

  41. So many teams don’t want hard knocks, I don’t see this show lasting beyond this season.

  42. Have the over rated Ravens do it! Drama queen Ray Rice complainign about his contract, mass murderer Ray Lewis showing how to stab people, Ed Reed changing his miond about ritiring every week, Joe Crappo trying to tell everyone he is a top 5 qb and then Suggs finally stating the truth, he torn his achilles by playing basketball!

  43. Yeah, it should be the Pats.
    But the viewing audience should be able to pick a more interesting soundtrack. Something from a silent film would work for me.

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