Posted on 22 April 2012.
NFL Network’s Albert Breer reported Saturday the Atlanta Falcons removed themselves from consideration for HBO’s “Hard Knocks,” meaning we’re back to the drawing board.
Exactly where to now? You won’t agree with a word of this, but here’s my best five:
1. Carolina Panthers — Two words: Cam Newton. The likelihood to watch one particular of the game’s most engaging young stars prepare for Year Two. The show hinges on head-coach charisma, and Ron Rivera has the moxie to pull this off. A young, driven team, utterly disappointed with last year’s record and anxious to show they’re far better than six-ten. Sign me up.
2. Washington Redskins — A year ago, if I had to choose among (a) nine straight hours of “Wheel of Fortune” blindfolded or (b) an equal amount of backroom Redskins footage with eyes wide open, we’re talking about a coin flip. This is the power of Robert Griffin III.
three. San Francisco 49ers — At February’s combine, watching Jim Harbaugh in actual time was a revelation: witty, irritated, humorous, brief with reporters and mystical, all wrapped into one. “Hard Knocks” couldn’t find a greater coach-reality star in 2012.
four. New York Giants — The Jets are fine tv, but if they’re unwilling to take one more swing at the show, let’s concentrate on the New York team tasked with defending the world championship, not just talking about a single.
Debate: Toughest schedule
5. New Orleans Saints — No one will go for this, but the name of this show is “Hard Knocks.” The skinny: A team that’s created grave errors, now forced to fight their way out of a corner. Fantastic character improvement. For the players and coaches inside this organization — the ones who had absolutely nothing to do with the “bounty” fiasco — this is the education camp I want to see.
32. Jacksonville Jaguars — I can’t come across anything compelling here. I know the gallant and mustachioed Shahid Khan is probably hot for this project, but (a) they’ve already been featured on a version of the show and (b) when was sufficient.
Honorable mention: Houston Texans, Denver Broncos (Manning wouldn’t touch it, Elway might) and the Indianapolis Colts.
We got this all incorrect, right?
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