Buccaneers officially named 2017’s Hard Knocks team

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There wasn’t much of an effort made to keep the identity of this year’s Hard Knocks team a secret and there won’t be any need to keep up even a limited smokescreen about HBO and NFL Films’ partner for this season.

The Buccaneers were officially named this year’s participant on Wednesday and held a press conference to discuss the 12th season of the show. Matt Dissinger of NFL Films said, via Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times, that the Bucs have a “young, charismatic roster” that makes them a good fit for the show, which will premiere on August 8.

It will be the second time that Buccaneers head coach Dirk Koetter will be involved with the show. He was the offensive coordinator for the Falcons in 2014 — Bucs defensive coordinator Mike Smith was Atlanta’s head coach at the time — and shared something he learned about the experience.

“I like watching the show. I wish I wasn’t on it,” Koetter said.

Koetter’s vote didn’t lead to another team getting picked, but he added that he thinks the team will be fine with the increased attention and won’t be distracted by the cameras that will be documenting their work at training camp.

33 responses to “Buccaneers officially named 2017’s Hard Knocks team

  1. Coaches must truly hate this show, with the exception of Sexy Rexy! Someone should hire Rex again with the caveat that any team he coaches has to be on Hard Knocks every year.

  2. Not happy about this as a Bucs fan. The only thing they need to focus on is winning. This is just one huge distraction.

  3. 5 out of 11 Hard Knocks teams made the playoffs.

    6 of 11 finished with winning records.

    6 of the last 7 maintained or improved their win total from prior season.

    Only one good quarterback has engineered a losing season after starring on Hard Knocks. Matt Ryan in 2014. The other starting quarterbacks for Hard Knocks teams with losing records: Goff/Keenum, Ryan Tannehill (rookie season), Brock Huard/Brodie Croyle, Quincy Carter/Chad Hutchinson.

    Moral of the story, far from a curse or an indication that a team will do poorly.

  4. Finally a great team gets on the show. National fans are in for a wide awakening. The Buccaneers have become one of the classiest, hard fighting teams around, and the plan has always been to land them in the playoffs this year. Tampa fans knew this 4 years ago.

    Those thinking this is bad for Jameis? You don’t know the man then. You are about to learn what Tampa fans have already learned…he’s good, solid and a born leader. On and off the field.

    And, even more so, I look forward to national fans meeting Kwon Alexander, a MLB that should have been in the Pro Bowl from his first year forward.

    Prepare yourselves, people. You are about to be enlightened.

  5. As a Rams fan I was concerned last year that Hard Knocks would be a huge distraction…..then I realized the obvious, it doesn’t matter because they still suck regardless.

  6. Good. I read the other day that the Bucs are “Atlanta’s only real challenger for the NFC South”. This should take care of that minor concern, Falcons fans.

  7. atlatlatl says:
    Apr 19, 2017 3:01 PM

    Good. I read the other day that the Bucs are “Atlanta’s only real challenger for the NFC South”. This should take care of that minor concern, Falcons fans.
    ================================

    I’m pretty sure after the biggest choke in sports history, that the Falcons themselves ensure that they are never a real challenger.

  8. Neutrally speaking, should be a decent team to watch – they have some star power actually with Djax, Mike Evans, Jameis, McCoy, etc

  9. the show is entertaining and Jameis and the rest of the bucs should be good in it–more happy that my team is not on it, the show is intrusive and could be a distraction during the most pivotal month in preseason.

  10. Atlanta fans might want to worry about when they play their first home game and how to get there. Between bridges falling on I-85 and a retractable roof that doesn’t work, odds are the Falcons will be playing some home games between the hedges.

  11. hard knocks becomes “true crime documentary” when American sees Lovante David stealing that money he makes. Perhaps close ups at practice of his trademark “hug the blocker till the back runs past me” move? His on camera confession to the Galzers should make for compelling television.

  12. 5dash2 says:
    Apr 19, 2017 5:44 PM

    hard knocks becomes “true crime documentary” when American sees Lovante David stealing that money he makes. Perhaps close ups at practice of his trademark “hug the blocker till the back runs past me” move? His on camera confession to the Galzers should make for compelling television.

    —————————————————————-

    The same LVD that has 56 stuffs in his career? The same LVD that should have won DPOY in 2013 (145 tackles, 7 sacks, 5 ints, 2 FF, 1 FR, 10 PD, 18 stuffs)? GTFO

  13. Who this is really going to affect is the 2nd round kicker Aguayo. Think the pressure was on last season? Now he has competition and cameras on his every move. You better believe he’s going to be a big part of the show.

  14. burgboy82 says:
    Apr 19, 2017 6:10 PM
    5dash2 says:
    Apr 19, 2017 5:44 PM

    hard knocks becomes “true crime documentary” when American sees Lovante David stealing that money he makes. Perhaps close ups at practice of his trademark “hug the blocker till the back runs past me” move? His on camera confession to the Galzers should make for compelling television.

    —————————————————————-

    The same LVD that has 56 stuffs in his career? The same LVD that should have won DPOY in 2013 (145 tackles, 7 sacks, 5 ints, 2 FF, 1 FR, 10 PD, 18 stuffs)? GTFO
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    I wish that Lavonte played for my team, but throwing out stats from 3 seasons ago isn’t a great way to prove a point.

  15. This is going to be an interesting team to watch for sure. They just need a little consistency out of that offense and someone to help Noah Spence bend the edge. They could end up being quite a handful.

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