We know the organization is completely against it, but the New York Giants may not have a choice when it comes to being featured on HBO’s series “Hard Knocks” next season.
Based on the criteria for the show, only 8 NFL teams are eligible, one of which is the Giants.
HBO cannot choose a team that:
- Has a first year head coach
- Appeared on the show in the last 10 years
- Made the playoffs in one of the past 2 seasons
The other 7 teams that could potentially be chosen are the Arizona Cardinals, Buffalo Bills, Chicago Bears, Jacksonville Jaguars (Who wants to see the Jaguars??), Oakland Raiders, Pittsburgh Steelers, and the St. Louis Rams.
Unless one of these teams really wants to be on “Hard Knocks”, there’s a 12.5 percent chance the Giants will be forced to appear on the show.
Team owners Steve Tisch, and John Mara have been vocal about their desire to have nothing to do with “Hard Knocks”, with Mara even saying the Giants will be on, “When I’m next to my father in Gates of Heaven cemetery”.
Giants coach Tom Coughlin is notorious for wanting to keep things in house, and you can rest for sure he will not be happy if HBO’s cameras invade East Rutherford, New Jersey.
Of the other teams on the list though, the Chicago Bears seem like the best fit. Jay Cutler is one of the most scrutinized players in the game and just signed a long-term 7-year contract worth $126 million dollars with $54 million guaranteed.
The pressure for Cutler to finally win the big game has risen tremendously with the contract he just signed and seeing how he’s coping with that would be a compelling story line.
What team do you think should be on Hard Knocks? Would you like to see the Giants who would be 100 percent against it or another team?