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 Post subject: NFR: NFL could force 1 of 8 teams to appear on Hard Knocks
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The NFL could force one of these eight teams to appear on 'Hard Knocks'

Who's the best candidate?

By CHRIS CHASE January 21, 2014 12:06 pm ET @chaztopher

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As part of a new decree by the NFL, certain teams can be required to appear on HBO’s training camp reality series Hard Knocks. There are three exemptions for teams that have:

a) made the playoffs in the past two years;

b) have a new coach for 2014;

c) appeared on Hard Knocks in the last decade.

As Deadspin reader Ryan figured out, those three exemptions rule out 24 teams, leaving eight franchises the NFL could theoretically force to appear on Hard Knocks. Though the NFL would rather a team volunteer (from either the exempt or non-exempt pool), they could have to go the requirement route. If so, here’s For The Win’s rankings of the eight eligible teams that will be filling up your DVR this summer.

8. Jacksonville Jaguars

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Pro: Shad Khan’s mustache.

Con: How long into the first episode before Liev Schreiber says Tim Tebow’s name? 10, 20 or 30 seconds?

7. St. Louis Rams

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Pro: They’re not the Jaguars.

Con: Sam Bradford will be entering his fifth season and I don’t know if NFL fans could tell you one interesting thing about him.

6. Oakland Raiders

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Pro: Mark Davis seems interesting.

Con: Mark Davis ain’t Al Davis.

5. Buffalo Bills

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Pro: America starts its love affair with Jeff Tuel.

Con: Will they have to set one episode in Toronto?

4. Arizona Cardinals

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Pro: Darnell Dockett.

Con: Darnell Dockett.

3. Pittsburgh Steelers

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Pro: Seeing Mike Tomlin innovate new “accidental” sideline distractions.

Con: Ben Roethlisberger.

2. New York Giants

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Pro: Possibility of having Tom Coughlin scream at cameramen for showing up only five minutes early.

Con: Eli Manning Face much better as a still photo than a moving video.

1. Chicago Bears

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Pro: Marc Trestman seems like the wacky neighbor in a sitcom.

Pro: Anything and everything featuring Jay Cutler.

Con: You just know the “discount double-check” guys would make an appearance.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 23, 2014 12:42 am 
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I'll be curious to see who the NFL picks.... I can't imagine they want a spotlight on the Jags. I would guess St. Louis, Chicago, or Pittsburgh. My money is on Pittsburgh since they are fan favorites and also considered a model franchise in the NFL.

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My bet: Cardinals or Rams.

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