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Rex’s Bills among eight teams that can be forced to do Hard Knocks

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In the history of Hard Knocks, the HBO/NFL Films training camp reality show, there’s been no bigger star than Rex Ryan. And he may be back this summer.

Ryan’s Bills are among the eight teams that can be forced to do Hard Knocks this year. Given how entertaining Ryan was as the Jets’ head coach on Hard Knocks, famously dropping F-bombs and craving snacks, it seems likely that HBO will push hard to have the Bills on the show in 2016.

Under NFL rules, if no team volunteers for Hard Knocks, a team can be forced to do it if that team doesn’t have a new head coach, hasn’t been to the playoffs in the last two years, and hasn’t been on Hard Knocks in the last 10 years. The teams that qualify to be forced to do the show are the Bills, Bears, Jaguars, Buccaneers, Raiders, Chargers, Rams and Saints, assuming none of those teams makes a surprise coaching change. Of that group, the Bills would surely provide the most entertaining training camp atmosphere.

If the Bills aren’t the team chosen, the Bears would be a strong choice as representatives of a large media market with a big fan base. But the strongest choice might be whichever team among the Raiders, Chargers and Rams moves to Los Angeles. The NFL will surely want to pour a lot of marketing resources into that team, and Hard Knocks is the best way to attract fan attention in training camp.

So it’s possible that Hard Knocks could be going to the Windy City or Hollywood. But the most entertaining choice would be Buffalo.

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44 Responses to “Rex’s Bills among eight teams that can be forced to do Hard Knocks”
  1. oasisvomit says: Jan 5, 2016 9:16 AM

    My guess, they will pick a team that goes to LA.

  2. groleo45 says: Jan 5, 2016 9:18 AM

    I don’t really understand the exemption for having been to the playoffs in the last two years. Combined with the ‘coaching change’ exemption and you’re almost guaranteed an uninteresting team that’s going nowhere.

    I for one would love to see the Pats, Packers, Steelers, etc.

  3. logicalvoicepft says: Jan 5, 2016 9:19 AM

    Yawn. We’ve seen Ryan, the Jets, Jaguars.

    Put the best team in the NFL on. We need to show the rest of the league how Daniel M. Snyder and his organization runs a calm, cool operation and wins divisions and Championships. #HTTR

  4. iamthorny says: Jan 5, 2016 9:21 AM

    Did they highlight his foot fetish last time? If not, gotta bring him back just for that alone.

  5. iammrbinky says: Jan 5, 2016 9:21 AM

    Bills fans don’t want to see the walking dysfunction known as Rex Ryan. But he is entertaining as hell to the rest of us.

  6. dohczeppelin says: Jan 5, 2016 9:30 AM

    I was just thinking the other day that the Bills would be one of the best choices out of the eligible teams.

    I know the Bills aren’t very popular outside of Buffalo but as a native I can say that in addition to a lot of talent, there are some real characters on that team. It would be an interesting season of the show, plus, while the Bills aren’t a great football team right now, they aren’t bad either.

    As much as I like Phillip Rivers, I feel like a season on the Chargers wouldn’t be that interesting because that team has fallen on some really hard times. Raiders would make for a good season though. They have a lot going on over there.

  7. chesswhileyouplaycheckers says: Jan 5, 2016 9:31 AM

    Just imagine if there was something in those rules that allowed the league to force the Patriots to do it. All HBO would end up with for footage would be reams of film with blank faces and no one saying anything other than the company line in as few words as possible

  8. dohczeppelin says: Jan 5, 2016 9:34 AM

    I suppose hosting a reality show would be a big distraction for the Bills though, who already have enough problems….

    Better to send the show to LA with whomever ends up relocating.

  9. wallabear says: Jan 5, 2016 9:40 AM

    Dear Lord, an end-of-summer mouthing off from Shady McCoy is all that anyone genuinely needs. No thanks lol

  10. 2dimesandanickelback says: Jan 5, 2016 9:40 AM

    You never know though, the Texans ended up being far more entertaining than I ever expected. That said, the Bills, Bears, and Raiders would still be my top choices.

  11. buttfumbles says: Jan 5, 2016 9:44 AM

    Force the Patriots to do it.

  12. bassplucker says: Jan 5, 2016 9:48 AM

    The only reason I’d want to see the Bears is to see how Fox runs his practices. They had a ridiculous number of injuries this season and a lot of them happened in practice (or at least it was reported that way)… so I’m curious to know what’s up with that.

  13. Remember when PFT was about football? Now its just a bunch of whiney losers who cry about the Patriots says: Jan 5, 2016 9:48 AM

    Now lets go get a God damn snack!

  14. uglydingo says: Jan 5, 2016 9:51 AM

    Tom Coughlin refused to let the Giants consider Hard Knocks and Mara’s closeness to Goodell made sure it never happened. However, their turn will now come.
    Considering the population of New York, the big Giants following and Odell Beckham Jr, it would probably rate well.

  15. ttommytom says: Jan 5, 2016 9:56 AM

    I’m sure the film crew will love those -10 ° spring days.

  16. patsfan says: Jan 5, 2016 9:57 AM

    It seems like it would be worth it for any team to fire a coach in order to stay off of that show.

  17. pioniere says: Jan 5, 2016 10:04 AM

    Ridiculous that any team should be forced to do this. I believe this puts the subject team at an automatic disadvantage before the season even starts. The NFL should not renew this contract with HBO when it comes up, and a league that actually had integrity would not renew it. But this is Roger Goodell, and he knows nothing about integrity.

  18. 315judman says: Jan 5, 2016 10:04 AM

    I’m sure the film crew will love those -10 ° spring days.
    ________________________

    You have no idea what you’re talking about.

  19. Rdog says: Jan 5, 2016 10:11 AM

    Love him or hate him, the dude is entertaining.

    But yeah the Patriots would be hilarious because of how much they would absolutely hate doing it. Might be the #1 way to tick off Bill Belichick.

  20. hellawaitsusall says: Jan 5, 2016 10:12 AM

    This is still going on? Forcing a team is ignorant. That’s what America is all about

  21. joetoronto says: Jan 5, 2016 10:21 AM

    315judman says:
    Jan 5, 2016 10:04 AM

    I’m sure the film crew will love those -10 ° spring days.
    ________________________

    You have no idea what you’re talking about.
    ***********************************************
    Oh yes he does.

  22. dirtysouthironmen says: Jan 5, 2016 10:33 AM

    logicalvoicepft says:
    Jan 5, 2016 9:19 AM

    Yawn. We’ve seen Ryan, the Jets, Jaguars.
    —————————————–

    Jaguars have never been on Hard Knocks.

  23. ohand16 says: Jan 5, 2016 10:37 AM

    But I thought no one cared about the Bills

  24. icebergsimpson says: Jan 5, 2016 10:55 AM

    Would love to see Tampa and Winston on Hard Knocks next year.

  25. unclebluck says: Jan 5, 2016 11:04 AM

    joetoronto says:
    Jan 5, 2016 10:21 AM
    315judman says:
    Jan 5, 2016 10:04 AM

    I’m sure the film crew will love those -10 ° spring days.
    ________________________

    You have no idea what you’re talking about.
    ***********************************************
    Oh yes he does.
    ***********************************************Well, then Toronto must be averaging -20 during spring being its 80 miles north of Buffalo

  26. silvernblacksabbath says: Jan 5, 2016 11:57 AM

    It’ll be the Raiders unless they move.

  27. colt13 says: Jan 5, 2016 12:05 PM

    Put the Jaguars on. As a fan, they need the scrutiny to straighten themselves up.

  28. howiehandles says: Jan 5, 2016 12:53 PM

    Would be fun to see the Bears (they’re usually so guarded) or the Raiders (up and coming young team). Rex is a trip, but rather see something entirely new.

  29. sindiegosage says: Jan 5, 2016 1:09 PM

    I’ve never seen the show.

  30. steelcitysportsfan14 says: Jan 5, 2016 1:46 PM

    “Buffalo’s Got the Spirit. Talking Proud Talking Proud!”

  31. dvzee1 says: Jan 5, 2016 5:33 PM

    Forcing teams to go through this in training preparing for the season just shows how the NFL is more about money than the game.

  32. jddre says: Jan 5, 2016 5:48 PM

    from Jan 5 9:19am: logicalvoicepft:

    ‘Put the best team in the NFL on. We need to show the rest of the league how Daniel M. Snyder and his organization runs a calm, cool operation and wins divisions and Championships.’

    Glad to know you are joking.

  33. joetoronto says: Jan 5, 2016 5:49 PM

    unclebluck says:
    Jan 5, 2016 11:04 AM

    joetoronto says:
    Jan 5, 2016 10:21 AM
    315judman says:
    Jan 5, 2016 10:04 AM

    I’m sure the film crew will love those -10 ° spring days.
    ________________________

    You have no idea what you’re talking about.
    ***********************************************
    Oh yes he does.
    ***********************************************Well, then Toronto must be averaging -20 during spring being its 80 miles north of Buffalo
    ***********************************************
    That’s not true and you know it too. The weather is much worse there, not even compatible.

    It’s your problem you live there, not mine.

  34. jddre says: Jan 5, 2016 5:51 PM

    uglydingo says:
    Jan 5, 2016 9:51 AM

    Tom Coughlin refused to let the Giants consider Hard Knocks and Mara’s closeness to Goodell made sure it never happened. However, their turn will now come.
    Considering the population of New York, the big Giants following and Odell Beckham Jr, it would probably rate well.

    No, you need to go read the rules, they will have a new coach so get 2 years exempt.

  35. jddre says: Jan 5, 2016 5:52 PM

    For all you guys that want to see the Pats on it – no you don’t, cuz as one of you said, they won’t say or do ANYTHING on-camera or off. It would be the most boring show ever.

  36. billswillnevermove says: Jan 5, 2016 5:55 PM

    Joe…. Do you work or just post under three different IDs on PFT all day. You have serious issues. Get help!

  37. petedutcherjr says: Jan 5, 2016 6:17 PM

    Dear Lord…I could see them doing the Buccaneers…Jameis Winston, Dirk Koetter…Doug Martin…crap.

    I love my Bucs…but I really don’t want them on that show.

  38. fanofpft says: Jan 5, 2016 6:38 PM

    I wondered what would happen when teams didn’t want it. Threats of having to play overseas and lose home games might work also.

  39. str82point says: Jan 5, 2016 10:00 PM

    This decision should ultimately be up to fans. You’re actually concerned about a team being “forced” to do the show? Really? Professional sports is entertainment and we (fans/customers) pay for all of it. Players probably love the attention from it too. Who wouldn’t?

    Within 10 years, technology is going to take sports to a whole new level for fans. Players will all have go pro cameras in helmets and let fans see the field from players POV. For a $ of course….

  40. zampft says: Jan 6, 2016 10:50 AM

    Football in the future will have camera crews following every moment of every player!

    Sounds like a bad film from the 1990’s.

  41. deweyaxewound says: Jan 6, 2016 11:22 AM

    As a fan, I’d love to see my Bears more than any other team – but I also know all that added attention and scrutiny is not good for the development of the team and ultimately how they perform on the field.

    So – thanks, but no thanks.

  42. southernpatriots says: Jan 6, 2016 12:19 PM

    If they force the Saints on, I don’t think Drew will make good copy, but there are some players and Sean Payton that might make great copy….we’ll see who is in the hot seat!

  43. headwoundharry says: Jan 6, 2016 1:09 PM

    Rex needs to get out of coaching and host his own Reality/Clown tv show. He would be a natural.

  44. Bar None says: Jan 6, 2016 10:29 PM

    Buccaneers are out.

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