Hard Knocks expands to include in-season series, with the Colts

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Hard Knocks will now include a team that has undergone many of them since Andrew Luck retired.

The NFL has announced that the long-running series that focuses only on training camp and the preseason will add an in-season component. The first subject will be the Colts.

It’s a “multi-episode” series that will debut on Wednesday, November 17.

In recent years, NFL Films and Amazon produced All or Nothing, a series based on one specific team’s season. The episodes were released well after the season ended. The new Hard Knocks will have new episodes landing during the season.

The existing version of Hard Knocks has grown stale and uninteresting. Even with the Cowboys serving as the focal point for 2021, it didn’t seem nearly as interesting as it should have been. An in-season product could be very good.

As always, the level of intrigue will depend on the extent to which the team allows intriguing moments to make it to air. The best stuff often ends up on the cutting-room floor. If the NFL wants this to be as good as it can be, the expanded Hard Knocks will do its name justice, bringing to life all of the emotions — good and bad — that an NFL team experiences during a given season.

35 responses to “Hard Knocks expands to include in-season series, with the Colts

  1. Sounds interesting in theory, but what exactly can they show? Colts aren’t going to want to advertise their game plan for the coming week

  2. Yawn. Is there any professional sports league that takes itself as seriously, and thinks it is so self-important as the NFL?

  3. Aloha. Hard Knocks? Does anyone watch at all? What are the numbers? I never met anyone who watched or cared.

    And.

    DURING THE SEASON !?

    Gosh, what could go wrong?

    How much does NFL / owners / Players make on that turkey?

    What coach would ever want to do this? Oh, Wait – Gruden.

  4. This is going to drive coaches absolutely INSANE. I can already hear the chorus of complaining voices. They know our cadence! They know our checks! They know our audibles! They have our hand signals! They know everything! They know our defensive assignments! They know our rules! And yet I bet a few smart coaches find a way to screw with the minds of the opposition while the vast majority get flustered and throw their hands up. Payton, Shanahan, Belicheck, McVay, Reid all I could see using disinformation to their advantage. Others like Kingsberry, Nagy, Gruden, Meyer I could see as coaches who let their heads explode should this occur to their teams.

  5. Why can’t they make one of the teams who went deep into the playoffs do it? Would be far more interesting. Maybe the loser of the Super Bowl has to do it.

  6. SAS721 says:
    September 16, 2021 at 10:54 pm

    Why can’t they make one of the teams who went deep into the playoffs do it? Would be far more interesting. Maybe the loser of the Super Bowl has to do it.

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    Because it’s disruptive to the locker room and damaging to whatever team it is inflicted upon. There’s a reason why, up until now, playoff teams and teams with a new head coach have been exempt–the NFL knows better than to mess with the teams it wants to showcase on the field.

  7. All or Nothing did it awesome, but I think it helped that it aired after the season. Not to mentioned it also had teams that could have possibly made a deep run into the playoffs. Something the Colts really aren’t expected to do.

    I will give it a shot. Anyone who has doubts about in season filming should watch All or Nothing Arizona Cardenas.

  8. 6.5×55 says:
    Next up: Desperate Housewives of the NFL
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    Based on previous seasons of Hard Knocks you’re probably spot on. The best they can hope for is a glorified version of the old NFL films, but featuring one team every week. To fill time they’ll have plenty of choreographed encounters between stars and their family. It will be very safe and sanitized, and feel just as fictional as it is.

  9. Too bad ‘NFL knocks’ is forced on these teams by the NFL. It’s nothing but a huge distraction for head coaches/asst. coaches. You would never see this happening in New England’s locker room.

  10. Just what a team needs more than anything, distractions!! This will kill the Colt’s season! Why on earth would a franchise agree to this?

  11. “beezee96740 says:
    September 16, 2021 at 10:24 pm
    Aloha. Hard Knocks? Does anyone watch at all? What are the numbers? I never met anyone who watched or cared.” Plenty of people watch. If not, HBO wouldn’t renew it every year, and wouldn’t sign onfor an in-season version. no team with a legit shot at the playoffs is going to agree to the distractions inherent in hosting NFL Films 24/7. However, the All of Nothing did have a decent amount of drama, especially when Jeff Fisher got fired.

  12. All this means really is that the Colts aren’t going to the playoffs. Serious contenders wouldn’t allow this in season.

  13. The only way this is going to work is to trade for Foles and open competition for the starting QB with unfiltered coverage of the drama, otherwise this is going to be a glorified commercial that shows almost nothing to promote the NFL and not worth watching or the HBO subscription.

  14. Instead of eliminating something that needed to be eliminated, they give it an HGH injection.

    Dumb dumb dumb dumb duuuuummmbbbb.

  15. I must be the weird one. I don’t care about any of that backstage stuff. Just wanna watch good games.

  16. mikefloreo says:
    September 17, 2021 at 10:12 am
    All this means really is that the Colts aren’t going to the playoffs. Serious contenders wouldn’t allow this in season.

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    That was a given when they chose Carson Wentz as their QB

  17. covidiots says:
    September 17, 2021 at 12:33 pm
    “Just bin it.”

    Lol I saw that and knew you were from the UK before I read your user name.

    Lol 😂 Yep.

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