After teams stopped raising their hands to volunteer for HBO’s hit documentary, Hard Knocks, the NFL stepped in and decided to force teams to participate. Of course, this is only in the instance that no one openly volunteers.
Let’s say no one volunteers. The criteria for selecting (read: forcing) a team to appear on the show reads like NFL tie-breaking procedures. Teams are exempt if they’ve been on the show already in the past 10 years, if they feature a new head coach, or if they’ve made the playoffs in either of the last two seasons.
Essentially, not having to do the show is a team’s reward for postseason appearances or firing the head coach. Or, it’s like going to the dentist. Once you go and have your teeth drilled, you know you’re better for it, and you’ve gotten the hard part out of the way. In this context, teams can go ahead and get it over with and not have to worry about it for the next 10 seasons!
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Some consider it a distraction to have a camera crew wandering around training camp, filming every single intimate moment. The show has built its brand around peeking behind the curtain, so to speak.
As fans, do you want the Titans to be on Hard Knocks? Or, would you rather HBO look elsewhere for content?
Well, first, let’s look at the actual numbers for teams appearing on Hard Knocks. Five of the 11 teams to appear on the show have made the playoffs the season following their appearance. This includes the 2001 Ravens, 2009 Bengals, 2010 Jets, 2013 Bengals, and the 2015 Texans. None have won more than 11 games. None have won the Super Bowl.
The overall record of teams appearing on Hard Knocks is 86-90. That’s a pretty average number. The way NFL coaches act, you would think this record was closer to 2-174. I don’t know that this show has any bearing whatsoever on a team’s season.
The Los Angeles Rams were bad because the team imploded under a head coach the league passed by years ago. Teams win Super Bowls because of organization and execution regardless of whether the cameras are there or not.
It doesn’t really matter. Titans fans might love for the big personality of Taylor Lewan to catch on. They may like the idea of showcasing the fine city of Nashville. Or, maybe they don’t want that exposure for their team. Maybe they believe the superstitions.
Titans fans, where do you stand? Do you want HBO to put your team on Hard Knocks or not?