HBO’s reality TV series “Hard Knocks” gives NFL fans an inside look into a single team every training camp. The show is a fan favorite every year, which is why in 2013 the NFL made it a requirement that if a team didn’t volunteer itself for the show, one would be selected.
But not just any team can be picked. There are a set of rules, which include: A team could not be selected if they were in the playoffs in either of the last two seasons, if they have a first-year head coach and if they have been on the program at any point in the last 10 years.
This year, there are six teams that meet the criteria (for now).
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Those teams in 2018 are the Browns, Ravens, Chargers, Redskins, Broncos and 49ers.
The only reason a team would be removed from this list is if one of the franchises fires its head coach. But that isn’t expected to happen after the Browns and Broncos reassured Hue Jackson and Vance Joseph, respectively, that their jobs are safe.
The Browns were also a candidate last year, and Hue Jackson made it clear he did not want to be a part of the show.
“Oh my God, I’m not interested in that,” Jackson said during a session with the media. “I’m interested in just coaching our team and getting our team better.”
The 49ers would most likely be NFL Films’ top choice as the team finished the 2017 year on a high note. With new franchise QB Jimmy Garoppolo, there’s an easy storyline to follow.
Last year, the decision on a team was made in April, so you can likely expect this year’s team to be chosen around that time.