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Jim Harbaugh would have no objection to Hard Knocks

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Cardinals coach Bruce Arians says he’ll fight it if the NFL tries to force his team to appear on Hard Knocks. But 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh says he’d welcome it.

“There’s going to be teams that are going to be on Hard Knocks and that seems like a popular thing and something people want to see,” Harbaugh said. “So, I don’t see it going away. You could stamp your feet and say I don’t want to do it, but I don’t know how productive that is for anybody concerned.”

This week the NFL adopted a rule saying the league office can force a team to appear on Hard Knocks if no team volunteers. However, that rule says any team that has made the playoffs in either of the previous two seasons cannot be forced to appear on the show. The 49ers made the playoffs last year, so Harbaugh knows the 49ers won’t be forced to appear on Hard Knocks next year.

The rule also exempts teams that have been on Hard Knocks in any of the last 10 years from being compelled to appear, and also exempts teams with new coaches. None of those rules would help the Cardinals if they don’t make the playoffs this year, however, so Arians might find himself forced to appear on Hard Knocks next year. In which case Harbaugh would tell him not to stomp his feet and say he doesn’t want to do it.

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19 Responses to “Jim Harbaugh would have no objection to Hard Knocks”
  1. 12strikes says: Oct 10, 2013 7:55 AM

    1. Any team that appeared in the last 10 years
    2. Any playoff team the last 2 season
    3. Any team with a new coach.

    If my math is right, there is a potential that NO TEAM would be eligible to be on Hard Knocks

    1. Start with 32 teams. Take 10 off the top because of the 10 year rule. that leaves 22 teams
    2. Playoffs last 2 seasons. 12 teams make the playoffs each season. Times that by 2 and that is 24.
    That leaves you with no teams eligible. Granted… there is never 100 percent turnaround in the playoff. And this scenario would also assume that none of the teams that appeared in the last 10 years made the playoffs for those 2 seasons.

    Plus when you factor in ..say 5 new coaches a year. The NFL could be extremely limiting themselves on teams or worse case having NO TEAMS eligible for Hark Knocks.

  2. flavadave10 says: Oct 10, 2013 7:56 AM

    As long as we have a “Jim Harbaugh Cam” to capture Harbaugh’s gestures and facial expressions, I’m on board for this.

  3. dcapettini says: Oct 10, 2013 7:57 AM

    Doesn’t surprise me. Jim Harbaugh would never turn down a opportunity to whine all summer and promote himself.

  4. 15starr says: Oct 10, 2013 7:58 AM

    I don’t get what making the playoffs has to do with being forced on Hard Knocks? Can someone explain that? I understand the new coach thing.

  5. joetoronto says: Oct 10, 2013 8:01 AM

    More Jim Harbaugh?

    No thanks.

  6. atleastimnotaraidersfan says: Oct 10, 2013 8:05 AM

    Coming from the worst foot stomping baby in the nfl…

  7. nickmiller63 says: Oct 10, 2013 8:12 AM

    So, Harbaugh is not a whiner. Damn, how how can Seahawks’ fans make that feed the groupthink?

  8. rhymemistake says: Oct 10, 2013 8:13 AM

    So to paraphrase, the rule exempts:

    Teams that made the playoffs the last two years, PLUS…
    Teams with a new Head Coach, PLUS…
    Teams that were featured on the show in any of the 10 preceding years

    Is it not possible, even somewhat likely, there would be a year in which no teams would be left after the exemptions are applied?

    The phrase “coaching carousel” is commonly used, this site included, to refer to the rising turnover rate for Head Coaches. There’s also been frequent discussion, again this site included, on the average turnover for playoff teams approaching 50%. Factor in the preceding 10 year window and it seems reasonable that every team could qualify for an exemption.

    Think about it – with the 50% playoff turnover, that’s 18 teams right there (12 make it two years ago, then with the 50% turnover, 6 new teams make it the previous year = 18 playoff teams). Then assuming no repeats in the 10 preceding years of the show, your up to 28 exempt teams. It’s not unreasonable that you could have 4 teams with new Head Coaches – and they’re likely not to be teams that made the playoffs if they’re hiring a new coach (Schottenheimer not withstanding).

    To me at least, it just seems like too many exemptions, with too wide a net…

  9. mn1288 says: Oct 10, 2013 8:22 AM

    Bahaha….completely figures that the biggest whiner in the league is cool with it.

  10. contract says: Oct 10, 2013 8:30 AM

    Of course he has no problem with it. Jim Harbaugh is an attention *seeker*.

  11. dmravens says: Oct 10, 2013 8:38 AM

    However, that rule says any team that has made the playoffs in either of the previous two seasons cannot be forced to appear on the show.

    Looks like the Steelers are on Hard Knocks this summer

  12. nfloracle says: Oct 10, 2013 9:40 AM

    I don’t think the Cardinals need to worry. Nobody wants to see them on Hard Knocks anyway.

  13. enea900 says: Oct 10, 2013 9:41 AM

    Did Jim Harbaugh actually say the stamping your feet and whining is counterproductive!

  14. abninf says: Oct 10, 2013 9:52 AM

    Put Dallas on it again. They’ll have the highest ratings since they are the most popular team.

  15. selbyrj82 says: Oct 10, 2013 10:36 AM

    Whiner or not Harbaugh has a colorful personality and fan of the 49ers or not, you have to admit they are a talented team with some interesting characters. Given what this show has been all about they are definitely a viable candidate.

    Bottom line is you are either someone who watches this show or someone who doesnt. And if you are someone who will watch, you all know youll watch it whether its your favorite team or your most hated rival, so stop pretending like youi wont watch if its the 9ers.

  16. granadafan says: Oct 10, 2013 12:56 PM

    I don’t subscribe to HBO anyways.

  17. bbk1000 says: Oct 10, 2013 5:35 PM

    I have to ask…what kind of half-wit would watch this show?

    I assume some wannabe athlete, probably wearing nothing but a jock strap..

  18. dubyad3 says: Oct 10, 2013 5:42 PM

    All you guys hating on Harbaugh, who is your team? I’m betting that your hate is due to his success. Hate all you want but at the end of the day, whiner or not, he’s winning. I would gamble that most of you can’t say that about your teams coach. Pound sand em.effers.

  19. randyraidernationpodcast says: Jan 21, 2014 11:38 AM


    You said, “If my math is right, there is a potential that NO TEAM would be eligible to be on Hard Knocks.”

    You don’t have to meet all three of those items to be “eligible” for Hard Knocks. All teams are eligible. Any team can volunteer, even if they were in the playoffs or on Hard Knocks in last 10 years. Teams like that just can’t be “forced”, but any team can volunteer I believe.

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