The Jaguars, like all teams, would like to have a national following. The Jaguars, like many teams, prefer to establish a national following by winning games.
Not by being the subjects of Hard Knocks.
This year, the Jaguars are one of eight teams that could be tapped on the shoulder by the NFL and involuntarily pressed into service for the annual HBO/NFL Films production. If that call comes, what would G.M. Dave Caldwell say?
“That’s a good question,” Caldwell said during a Scouting Combine sit-down with Pro Football Talk on NBCSN. “Our reaction would be that we would try to defer.”
Jokingly reminded it’s not a coin toss at the start of a game, Caldwell said, “But it wouldn’t be an ideal situation for us. We take a lot of pride in our culture and we’re very particular on who we bring into the organization. So we’ve been able to build a lot of trust from our coaching staff to our players and they know, our players know we have their best interests at heart. It’s hard to build trust with cameras omnipresent.”
It could be hard for the Jaguars to avoid the Hard Knocks assignment if, for example, they use the third overall pick in the draft on a dynamic and intriguing young player like Johnny Manziel.
The other seven teams that could end up with the Hard Knocks assignment, whether they want it or not, include the Bears, Bills, Cardinals, Giants, Raiders, Rams, and Steelers.
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