So here we are in mid-May and another Green Bay Packers offseason so why not do one of those “made for the offseason” posts? After all, not much is happening in the NFL unless you care about the air pressure in footballs or the fact that extra point tries will now take place from the 15-yard line.
As we draw nearer to this year’s training camps, one of the questions on the minds of football fans is which team will appear on this year’s edition of Hard Knocks, a series that HBO has been running for years. It chronicles the training camp of the chosen team and showcases what life is like for both veterans, rookies and guys just trying to crack a roster. Of course, some of the juiciest footage is when a player is called into the coach’s office and told to bring his playbook, as that means he’s likely about to get cut.
It’s that very scenario that has been widely speculated as to why the Packers prefer not to be featured on the show. Head coach Mike McCarthy has expressed that those types of conversations aren’t for the camera. General manager Ted Thompson has dealt with that conversation as a player before and can empathize with how difficult it is to begin with, let alone with a camera in your face. Thompson was well into his career and had been through a tough camp when he was called into the office. The coaching staff and management praised him, to the point where Thompson thought he was about to be told he was starting, only to learn that they were letting him go in favor of a younger draftee who had been holding out and recently signed.
We won’t see the Packers on this year’s version of the show, but as Packers fans, we crave any additional coverage and insight into the team. That thirst is no greater than during the summertime and after six long months away from the gridiron action. A chance to see some of the younger players, hear the conversations that we’re not privy to every day and see some familiar Wisconsin scenery.
So the question is: would you or would you not prefer to see the Packers on Hard Knocks? I have to admit, I feel like I’m stealing the format of Green & Gold Today, hosted by Jason Wilde and friend of No Huddle Radio, Bill Johnson. But it’s a question at least worth discussing a bit. Chime in with your take!——————
Jason Perone is an independent sports blogger writing about the Packers on AllGreenBayPackers.comFollow Jason Perone: