According to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, the New Orleans Saints are bracing for the possibility that the NFL will force them to appear on HBO’s “Hard Knocks” this year.
Florio mentions that if the Saints are, in fact, forced to do the show, HC Sean Payton could resist allowing camera into the room when players are being cut.
If so, Florio believes this could be enough for the NFL to ultimately go with a team more willing to give them access to their training camp.
The Saints have been hosting their training camp in West Virginia for the past few years.
The league determined that there are a few circumstances that can prevent teams for appearing on “Hard Knocks” such as:
- Hired a new head coach
- Made the playoffs at least once in the past two seasons
- Appeared on the show in past 10 years.
After eliminating the teams that fall into these categories, we are left with seven teams: the Bills, Jaguars, Raiders, Chargers, Bears, Saints and Rams.
We’ll have more regarding who could end up on “Hard Knocks” as the news is available.