According to former NFL executive Michael Lombardi, and a few other insiders, the Cleveland Browns might be on the hit NFL show this summer on HBO.
“Someone just told me the Browns might be on Hard Knocks next year—Wow, good TV if true.”
Someone just told me the Browns might be on Hard Knocks next year—Wow, good TV if true.
— Michael Lombardi (@mlombardiNFL) April 24, 2018
#Browns are likely going to be featured on this year’s HBO Hard Knocks series, per source. An official announcement is expected on Thursday.
— Kyle Kelly (@ByKyleKelly) April 24, 2018
There are rules that the NFL put in place that allow certain teams to avoid being featured on the show. The first excludes teams with a first year head coach. Some teams want nothing to do with it, while others have no choice. The rules excluding teams below:
1) They have a first-year head coach in place
2) They have a playoff berth in the past two seasons
3) They have appeared on Hard Knocks in the past 10 years
Teams that have had a playoff berth in the last two seasons
Teams that have appeared on Hard Knocks in the last 10 years
» Cowboys (2008)
» Bengals (2009)
» Jets (2010)
» Dolphins (2012)
» Bengals (2013)
» Falcons (2014)
» Texans (2015)
» Rams (2016)
» Buccaneers (2017)
Teams that are eligible for Hard Knocks inclusion in 2018
Looks like there’s not many options. Being the worst team year in and year out should be compelling television. I just wish Johnny Football was still on the team. We may just get Manziel 2.0 being featured, which could be just as interesting.