NFL’s ‘Hard Knocks’ Show to Expand Team Eligibility Criteria, Opening Up More Possibilities for Participation

NFL considering expanding rules for mandatory preseason participation in Hard Knocks

The NFL league office is considering expanding the pool of teams that can be selected for the preseason Hard Knocks series. Currently, only teams with first-year head coaches, teams that have made the playoffs in the past two seasons, and teams that have done the show in the last 10 years are exempt from being chosen. However, if a proposal is approved, new criteria will be added to the list of exempted teams.

If approved, teams with first-year head coaches, teams that have done the show in the past eight years, and teams participating in the in-season version of Hard Knocks in the current or next season will no longer be exempt. Additionally, the exemption based on playoff appearances will be eliminated. This means that more teams could potentially become candidates for Hard Knocks than ever before.

Last year, only four teams were potential candidates for Hard Knocks: Jets, Commanders, Bears, and Saints. Despite not wanting to participate, the Jets were chosen as they had a first-year head coach at that time. This marked the first time a team did not volunteer for the series. If this proposal passes on Tuesday’s vote by team owners, it could become more common for teams to be selected without volunteering in future seasons.

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