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New York Giants One of Eight Teams That Could Still Be Forced to Participate in HBO’s “Hark Knocks”

April 27th, 2014 at 9:00 AM
By Dan Benton

The NFL has not yet made a decision as to which team will appear on the 2014 version of HBO's Hard Knocks, but the New York Giants remain one of eight possible teams that could be forced to do it despite fierce protest from co-owner John Mara.

"That announcement [to appear on Hard Knocks] will come when I'm next to my father in Gates of Heaven cemetery," Mara said in 2010.

However, Mara may not have much say in the matter as NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell helped push forward a resolution — as voted on by all teams owners — in 2013 that stipulates a team could be "forced" to appear on the show if there are no volunteers. It was a resolution that came with several guidelines, but none of which preclude the Giants from appearing in 2014.

The rules/guidelines that dictate which teams are eligible to be selected are as follows:

  • The team doesn’t have a new head coach.
  • The team didn’t make the playoffs in either of the previous 2 seasons.
  • The team didn’t appear on Hard Knocks in the last 10 years.

Luckily however, it sounds as if a team or two has volunteered this year, and it would be quite a safe bet to assume that none of them were the New York Football Giants.

“There were a lot of discussions with clubs at the March meeting [in Orlando, Fla.],” NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said on Thursday. "There are several clubs that are interested in doing this. I just don’t have an update on which club, whether it’s going to be a volunteer or if it’s somebody who is going to have to fulfill the obligation. But I’m sure that decision will be made pretty soon.”

Still, Goodell says he's faced heavy resistance from a few teams other than the Giants and that's exactly why he felt the 2013 resolution was necessary.

“That’s one of the reasons why we passed the policy that we did is to get every team the opportunity to do this. We understand that it’s an additional responsibility, that it’s an additional thing to film out around your [training] camp and some clubs prefer not to have it," Goodell said. “But it’s important for all clubs to contribute to it in some fashion. I think we designed a very interesting concept that allows teams if you have a coaching change not to have that be an issue, but also have some kind of rotation to it.”

Whether the Giants' time comes in 2014 or at a later date, rest assured, John Mara will fight it tooth and nail.


Tags: Football, John Mara, New York, New York Giants, NFL, Roger Goodell

2 Responses to “New York Giants One of Eight Teams That Could Still Be Forced to Participate in HBO’s “Hark Knocks””

  1.  fanfor55years says:

    Let’s hope we don’t get this distraction while trying to learn a new offense.

    In answer to GmanFan, I don’t think the Nassib pick is a bust if Freeman makes the team. If Freeman does well he’s a one-year rental. He’s just trying to resurrect what looked like an emerging career, and will move on if he gets the chance to start somewhere next season, which could very well be the case if he shows well in the preseason. Nassib would still either be an interesting backup or remain a possibly valuable trading chip. I still would have preferred that Reese take an offensive lineman (Barrett Jones was my wish, but any of a dozen others who could have contributed in 2014 would have been fine) with that fourth pick, but Nassib remains quite intriguing, especially as a preliminary consensus is emerging that this year’s crop of quarterbacks isn’t extraordinary enough to justify many first round grades, making those comments about Nassib’s potential versus any of theirs by that unnamed NFL executive look pretty accurate. Nassib was certainly viewed as worthy of a late second round pick last year. That he slipped so much was Reese’s opportunity. And a kid who was a solid second round grade who now has a year of NFL experience (including sitting with Eli in plenty of meetings so seeing how he thinks) may well be a better bet than any of the kids available next month. I would not be shocked if he gets traded as the draft proceeds. Even if that doesn’t happen, his trade value could get very high if he does well this preseason.

  2.  fanfor55years says:

    Here’s an interesting bit of hearsay for you. According to my friend’s son, the freelance scout, there are MANY ex-NFL quarterbacks who think that the three best quarterbacks in this class when the smoke clears 4-5 years from now will prove to be Derek Carr, Tom Savage and Zach Mettenberger. Apparently Phil Simms, when off-camera, thinks Carr is by far the best of them and cannot understand why anyone would even consider Manziel ahead of Carr because Carr has size, arm strength, brains, and personality over Manziel and is almost as good an athlete.

    Marino really likes Savage (maybe because they both went to Pitt) and insists his arm (and Logan Thomas’) are the best, by far, of the bunch.

    Jerry Jones is hoping someone takes Manziel ahead of his pick because he knows his fan base will want him if he’s there.

    Again, all hearsay, but this kid has been right on the money a number of times before. He’s probably more than half right.

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