“So Let’s Get To The Playoffs”October 9th, 2013
Fans love the HBO series “Hard Knocks,” which annually chronicles a team’s training camp with fantastic access to behind-the-scenes information that no one short of a team employee has. It is riveting TV.
But coaches, specifically NFL head coaches, largely despise the access given to NFL Films/HBO. Mostly, NFL coaches are secretive creatures by nature who believe the NFL is akin to Enigma, and that the free world would crumble before their very eyes if a rogue, leftist nation gained information from their inner circles.
Yes, it is foolish, if not childish, but that’s the DNA of football coaches.
Paranoia runs deep in the NFL.
This is why so many teams have never been the subject of a “Hard Knocks” series, and so many other teams simply refuse to even consider such an enterprise.
That may be ending soon. Tired of begging teams to open their secret back rooms to NFL Films, the NFL passed a resolution at their recent owners meetings that the league can force a team to host a “Hard Knocks” series, or deal with severe and harsh penalties from the league.
Two criteria that would leave teams exempt from hosting a “Hard Knocks” series would be if a team has made a postseason appearance in either of the previous two seasons, or if a team has a first-year head coach. That means the Bucs could be a candidate if Greg Schiano reaches 2014 in Tampa Bay.
When asked about his reaction to being forced to appear on a “Hard Knocks” series, the controlling Bucs commander Schiano had a simple resolution to such a predicament.
“So let’s get to the playoffs,” Schiano said in his daily press conference today at One Buc Palace.