The Green Bay Packers are unlikely to appear on the “Hard Knocks” series this year.
Each year, NFL fans are given a behind-the-scenes look at the preparation for the new season, as one team is featured on the “Hard Knocks” HBO TV series during training camp and the preseason.
The Green Bay Packers are unlikely to be featured on the show this year as they have a new head coach.
According to Dan Hanzus of NFL.com, a team is eligible to be chosen for the show if they don’t meet one of the following:
"“1) They have a first-year head coach.2) They have a playoff berth in the past two seasons.3) They have appeared on “Hard Knocks” in the past 10 years.”"
While the Packers were putting together a run of eight consecutive years in the playoffs under head coach Mike McCarthy, they were never among the teams who could be selected for the show. But after missing the postseason two years in a row, the change at head coach rules them out again this year.
If the Packers miss out on the playoffs in 2019, they would almost certainly be one of the top choices for the series in 2020.
According to Hanzus, only five teams are eligible for “Hard Knocks” this year: the New York Giants, Oakland Raiders, San Francisco 49ers, Washington Redskins and Detroit Lions. Last year, the Cleveland Browns were the featured team.
While as a Packers fan it would be fascinating to see them on “Hard Knocks”, I can completely understand why coaches and players might not be as pleased with being selected for the series.
For new head coach Matt LaFleur, there’s some extra motivation to lead the Packers back to the playoffs in 2019. Doing so would ensure the team won’t have to be featured on “Hard Knocks” for the following two years.
Would you like to see the Green Bay Packers featured on “Hard Knocks” in the future?