Back in January, we looked at the top 5 reasons why the Chicago Bears would make a great choice for HBO’s Hard Knocks. Based on the “The Hard Knocks Rule”, since so many teams were opting out of the HBO miniseries that tracks one team’s training camp experience, the cable network will seek volunteers, but if no one volunteers, the league will appoint a team BUT there are three key exceptions:
All organizations will be eligible with the exception of those that have a first-year head coach; teams that have made the playoffs in at least one of the last two seasons; and teams that have participated in the previous 10 seasons.
Teams that can’t back out because of the above reasons include the following:
New York Giants
St. Louis Rams
A report from Fox Sports’ Tomm Looney has the Bears as finalists for the next edition of Hard Knocks:
HBO and the NFL have narrowed down the HARD KNOCKS teams to a list of three: Bears, Giants, Steelers.
— LooneyaboutSports (@LooneyonFox) April 29, 2014
With the latest news, I thought I’d reprint my Top 5 reasons the Bears Would Be an Excellent Choice for Hard Knocks, with a couple of updates based on free agency and the latest news so far.