5 Reasons The Chicago Bears Are Best Team For HBO’s “Hard Knocks”
5 Reasons The Chicago Bears Are Best Fitted For HBO’s “Hard Knocks”
Every year leading up to the NFL season, HBO airs their highly-anticipated show “Hard Knocks,” a series that gives a behind-the-scenes look at what goes on during the training camp of a professional football team. Everyone from the franchise’s owner all the way down to the undrafted free agents that are fighting for a roster spot are looked at under a microscope, exposing every good and bad thing that takes place.
This coming summer, only eight teams will be eligible to appear on “Hard Knocks” due to a rule that was passed by NFL owners this past October that would make it mandatory for a franchise to be on the show if other organizations don’t volunteers. The rule states that a team that has made it to the postseason one of the last two seasons, teams that have new head coaches, or teams that have been featured on the show within the last 10 years are exempt.
With this rule now in effect, there are eight teams that are eligible for this year's “Hard Knocks” series: the Arizona Cardinals, Buffalo Bills, Chicago Bears, Jacksonville Jaguars, Oakland Raiders, Pittsburgh Steelers and St. Louis Rams. Of these eight teams, I believe that the Bears will be the most interesting selection.
Of course, I don’t believe that the happenings in Chicago will come close to the drama of the Dallas Cowboys, but there are some individuals and potential scenarios that will bring great attention to NFL fans all over the country.
Here are the top five reasons why the Bears will be the best fit for this season’s “Hard Knocks” on HBO.
Clyde A. Speller is an NFL writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @ClydeASpeller.
5. Phil Emery
“To me, it’s all about football… but if that was in the best interest of the club, I’m sure we would all consider it. If that helped bring the Chicago Bears, particularly to our fans in Chicago, we would consider it.”
According to ESPN Chicago, this is what Bears general manager Phil Emery said in 2012 when asked about the possibility of Chicago being on “Hard Knocks.” It clearly sounds like he said the politically correct thing, but everyone can pretty much sense that deep down, Emery doesn’t want any part of this HBO series. Knowing this, it will be interesting to see how the Bears' GM will react to all of the unwanted attention.
4. Josh McCown
Assuming that he re-signs with the team, the presence of quarterback Josh McCown could stir up a potential quarterback controversy.
Everyone knows how productive McCown was during the absence of Jay Cutler in 2013, and some believe that McCown should be the starter under center. Even though it is apparent that Cutler is their No. 1 guy, a more-than-strong training camp by McCown could stir the pot a bit.
3. Brandon Marshall
Years ago, before coming to Chicago, wide receiver Brandon Marshall was more known for his off-the-field problems.
Fortunately for him and the Bears, that lifestyle is behind him. Marshall is definitely not camera shy, and he would make "Hard Knocks" interesting. More importantly, this would be a great platform for Marshall to bring more exposure to the awareness of borderline personality disorder, something that Marshall has and is very passionate about.
2. Jay Cutler
Jay Cutler is already known for his nonchalant demeanor with the media and is labeled as a selfish player. This alone will make him one of the prime targets on the show. Even Cutler’s status off the field will have some merit, due to the fact that he is married to actress Kristin Cavallari. And expecting the birth of their second child around the time of training camp would make an interesting segment for the show.
1. Martellus Bennett a.k.a. Black Unicorn
Hands down, tight end Martellus Bennett is one of the most colorful characters in the league. Every media session he’s a part of will have a memorable quote that will keep everyone laughing. A prime example is when Bennett referred to head coach Marc Trestman as Willy Wonka.
Currently, the Black Unicorn is trying to sway his younger brother, Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett, to join him in the Windy City. In the event that hat happens and the Bears are chosen for the series, the name of the show would probably have to be renamed to the “Bennett Show.”