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Bucs bracing for Hard Knocks shoulder tap

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The Buccaneers fall within the universe of teams that could be tabbed for Hard Knocks, whether they want it or not. While they haven’t raised their hands with zeal for the opportunity, they seem to be resigned to the possibility that the tap on the shoulder is coming.

As explained by Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times, the Buccaneers believe they’re one of the primary candidates for the assignment. The team, per Stroud, has promised to cooperate fully. However, the Bucs want a final answer within the next week.

Coach Dirk Koetter has recently tried to put a positive spin on the presence of cameras and microphones. Owner Joel Glazer also has spoken about the situation in positive terms.

“I think our players are at a point in their maturity that they would be able to handle it,” Glazer said, according to Stroud. “They recognize what goes along with it. We’ll always be supportive of the league. Nobody is rushing to the podium for that necessarily. But I do feel I have great confidence in this team.”

While no one is rushing to do it, the key for the league is finding a team that won’t flat-out refuse to do it. That said, the best way to make the series more compelling would be to force a team to do it when the team is dead set against it.

The league recently renewed its commitment to the annual training-camp series via a four-year extension with HBO. Which means that, every year, the NFL will need to find someone to do it. Under current rules, only teams with new coaches, teams who have been to the playoffs in the last two years, and/or teams that have done the show within the last 10 years are exempt. For 2017, eight teams are eligible to be required to submit to the show: the Bucs, Browns, Eagles, Colts, Bears, Ravens, Titans, and Saints.

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21 Responses to “Bucs bracing for Hard Knocks shoulder tap”
  1. matthoover4 says: Apr 8, 2017 12:53 PM

    None of these teams are in the least bit interesting. The selection rules need overhauled. I’d love to see a team with a new coach on the show and how that plays out. I would also much rather see the Steelers or Patriots or Cowboys or at least some team with some star power and charisma. Hasn’t happened in years.

  2. derrickbrooks4president says: Apr 8, 2017 12:55 PM

    Heck yeah! Bring it!! Let the world see the atrocity that NIKE committed to our uniforms!

  3. canetic says: Apr 8, 2017 1:48 PM

    The Browns should have to do it every year until they win more than two games.

  4. redclaw1314 says: Apr 8, 2017 1:57 PM

    Colts would be a good choice—-coach on the hot seat, quirky owner, prodigy QB either too beat up to be great OR not really that great after all. But really no hurry—they should be eligible for many years to come.

  5. firerogergoodellnow says: Apr 8, 2017 2:24 PM

    If the Patriots somehow miss the playoffs two years in a row, Belichick would retire to avoid being on Hard Knocks, but HBO should film at at the league office and at the owner’s meetings and see how Goodell likes having cameras following him.

  6. sod61 says: Apr 8, 2017 3:04 PM

    Hard knocks will give miko grimes a great chance for the whole country to see what a great and classy person person she is.

  7. greg3117 says: Apr 8, 2017 3:33 PM

    I would rather see winning teams on the show instead of some dumpster fire of a team. Also seems that successful teams would be able to deal more with the distraction then a failure.

  8. klutch14u says: Apr 8, 2017 3:43 PM

    Every time Hard Knocks comes up I say the same thing. Whomever wins the SB should be on it. It’d increase interest in the show itself but it’d easily settle the subject of “who’s it going to be this year” and it’d also take the pressure off an already bad team to not have yet another distraction from getting their chit together. Not to mention a lot of bad teams are fresh off getting a new coach and that’s the last thing they need. Let the reigning SB champ be the face of the show and maximize interest.

  9. alonestartexan says: Apr 8, 2017 3:44 PM

    matthoover4 says:
    Apr 8, 2017 12:53 PM
    None of these teams are in the least bit interesting. The selection rules need overhauled. I’d love to see a team with a new coach on the show and how that plays out. I would also much rather see the Steelers or Patriots or Cowboys or at least some team with some star power and charisma. Hasn’t happened in years.

    ———–

    I swear football fans are sometimes like politics in America. Here’s a bit of a newsflash for you, there ARE fans of teams other than the Cowboys, Steelers, and Patriots, just like there are voters in states that aren’t New York or California.

    That said, the Cowboys have already done Hard Knocks about 7 years ago and to date, the best season was the Texans two years ago and the worst was the Rams last year.

    The Bucs, Saints, and Titans would all be interesting to me as all of the above are on the cusp of being playoff teams.

  10. petedutcherjr says: Apr 8, 2017 5:54 PM

    Buccaneers would be very interesting. Could be Breez’s last season, so that would be interesting as well.

  11. Slow Joe (Bucs fan) says: Apr 8, 2017 6:05 PM

    I hope it doesn’t hurt the team, but as a Bucs fan I’d love it if they were on.

  12. icebergsimpson says: Apr 8, 2017 6:13 PM

    greg3117 says:
    Apr 8, 2017 3:33 PM

    I would rather see winning teams on the show instead of some dumpster fire of a team. Also seems that successful teams would be able to deal more with the distraction then a failure.

    ——-

    Not sure where you learned math but 9-7 is considered a winning record in the NFL.

  13. trainwrecksryan says: Apr 8, 2017 7:43 PM

    Titans should do it, for no other reason than to remind folks that they exist.

  14. wyrdawg says: Apr 8, 2017 8:41 PM

    “I think our players are at a point in their maturity that they would be able to handle it,”

    Perfect statement. If the Bears, as an organization, were more “mature”, they should be on the slate every year.

    But no. They’re still afraid of “inside” coverage. Uh.. What’s your secret for losing?

    ESPN’s about to give the world the angst of Bears season ticket holders in a “special”. I’m pretty sure they’re going to throw them out there as classless, clueless fans of a losing franchise. How about you show us fans we’re wrong????

    What are you afraid of??

  15. mcjon22 says: Apr 8, 2017 8:42 PM

    Jameis, Desean Jackson, Miko’s crazy…self.

    Yup. I’ll be glued every Tuesday night in August.

  16. void777 says: Apr 8, 2017 10:10 PM

    How about New Orleans that to me would be worth watching ever seen training camp conducted in the bathroom Sean would the cameras would not enter.
    LMAO

  17. boltsfanftw says: Apr 8, 2017 10:20 PM

    I actually think the Chargers would be a good choice.

  18. icebowler says: Apr 8, 2017 10:29 PM

    The main motivation the Packers have had to make the playoffs seven or eight years in a row is to avoid appearing on hard Knocks. Hell, if the Packers somehow missed the post season, TT would ‘have’ to fire MM, just to avoid this circus;)

  19. tyelee says: Apr 8, 2017 11:06 PM

    Titans, Colts, Eagles would be interesting of those teams… 3 teams that many, besides their own fans, agree are close to jumping to the next level…

    The other 5, even many of their own fans would agree that year after year it is more of the same thing… Start the season with glimmers of winning and fizzle out by the end… Mediocre at best!

  20. pryrates2020 says: Apr 8, 2017 11:16 PM

    Vikings fall within that criteria too

  21. steves11 says: Apr 11, 2017 9:49 AM

    It’s getting a bit tired already, seeing the head coaches giving their most diplomatic “I’m cutting you” speech to rookies.

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