All football fans look forward to Tuesday nights from mid-August to early September; that’s when HBO’s «Hard Knocks» goes behind the scenes at an NFL training camp.
Throughout the entire offseason, the biggest story has easily been the Aaron Rodgers trade to the New York Jets, so who wouldn’t want to see what their camp looks like?
The Jets, however, do not want to participate in the program.
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«I know there are a number of teams that would love to have ‘Hard Knocks’ in their building, we’re just not one of them.» head coach robert saleh he told reporters on Friday.
The bad news for the Jets is that the NFL can force them.
Teams are exempt from being on the program if they have a first-year head coach, have made the playoffs in the last two seasons, or have appeared on «Hard Knocks» in the decade.
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Saleh is entering his third season, the Jets haven’t made the playoffs since 2010, and that was also the last time they appeared on the show. So since they don’t meet the requirements to be excused, they may not have a choice.
The New Orleans Saints, Chicago Bears and Washington Commanders are the other three teams where the criteria do not apply.
It’s strange enough that a team hasn’t been selected yet: it was announced in March 2022 that the Detroit Lions would be showing up that summer. However, in 2021, the Dallas Cowboys did not receive the official go-ahead until July of that year.
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The Jets have been running a similar version of their own «Hard Knocks» show with a YouTube series called «Flight» since 2021.