The Chicago Bears have repeatedly said they do not want to be on HBO’s “Hard Knocks”. They don’t like being so open. They have always been a team that likes to be shrouded in secrecy. When asked about the subject last fall in a chat with fans Emery answered “We are a traditional organization that feels our best connection with our fans is to come down to Bourbonnais and enjoy the live experience with us. There’s nothing like seeing the team through your own eyes and how it’s coming together.”
This time Emery and the Bears may not have a choice.
It has been reported that the NFL has cut the list of possible teams to appear on the show down to three. Those teams are the New York Giants, the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Bears.
It appears the powers that be in both the NFL and HBO offices are looking for teams with large followings and rich history. Any one of these teams would bring in high ratings from their rabid fanbases.
At first glance it may appear that the Bears would not make good television, but there are quite a few characters, and some position battles that fans would love to get an in-depth look at.
You have Brandon Marshall who will talk to anyone and show how much he has matured. Martellus Bennett has been a hit on Twitter and on the NFL Network in a segment with his brother. Kyle Long has been known to say what he feels on occasion. Fans would also get a look at the newest Bears like Jared Allen, Lamarr Houston and whoever gets drafted. Let’s not forget the drama that comes with Jay Cutler. There could even be an appearance or two by his wife, Kristin Cavallari.
The NFL has a rule that gives it the authority to choose a participant on the show. Teams are exempt only if they have made the playoffs at least once in the last two seasons, have a new head coach, or have appeared on the show in the last 10 years. The Bears have met none of those criteria so they are eligible to be picked.
Last season, the team chosen (the Cincinnati Bengals) wasn’t announced until June, so there may be some time. It should be an interesting preseason if the Bears are chosen.