Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Three Reasons Why the Bears Will be Picked for HBO’s Hard Knocks


The Chicago Bears are still in contention to be featured on the training camp edition of “Hard Knocks,” despite some confusion caused by HBO’s announcement of the New York Giants being selected for the show’s first off-season series, which will run from January 2024 to May 2024. The Bears once again meet all the eligibility criteria for the series this year. So here are three reasons why I believe the Bears will be selected for “Hard Knocks”.

Caleb Williams

I wanted to address the most obvious reason first: Caleb Williams is already a superstar. Everything he does attracts a lot of attention, whether it’s an interview with GQ on YouTube or a podcast appearance. His presence means big numbers. The league should pick Chicago for Hard Knocks this year, purely for financial reasons as well. Williams arrival makes selecting Chicago for Hard Knocks a really easy choice.

Big Market

Another reason is simply the city of Chicago. As one of the largest markets in the NFL, it makes sense to choose the Bears as this year’s featured team. Bears fans are known for their loyalty, regardless of the team’s performance. However, there’s genuine optimism surrounding the Bears for the 2024 season. Therefore, it would make sense for the league to finally make the Bears appear on the show and capitalize on the rare state the franchise is currently in.


The Bears are a compelling choice for this year’s show for many reasons. The franchise has several intriguing storylines:

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  • Two top 10 draft picks in Rome Odunze and Caleb Williams
  • The best punter in the 2024 draft, who happens to be Australian
  • The addition of Keenan Allen, DeAndre Swift, Kevin Byard, and others
  • A young, exciting defense that could top 5 in the NFL
  • One of the most genuine/open general managers in the NFL
  • The transformation of head coach Matt Eberflus (halfway joking here)
  • And a lot more

The Bears are a team that could be both dangerous and incredibly fun to follow. Watching these players and team personnel behind the scenes each week would be fascinating. Among the other eligible teams, the Bears stand out in terms of watchability and it’s not really close.


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I dug Plank
I dug Plank
May 20, 2024 6:32 pm

I was never a fan of us being on Hard Knocks due to distractions. But it is inevitable they’ll come knocking. I think the time may be right. Poles and Flus seem to have a good grasp of the locker room and I don’t see drama with this group to cause disruption. Plus I think CW may be built for this. I think this group will enjoy the exposure and hopefully we’ll be a constant playoff team which will let us avoid Hard Knocks for several years to come 🤞

Dr. Steven Sallie
Dr. Steven Sallie
May 19, 2024 7:04 pm

Just do it! It will entertain Caleb, help the Bears popularity, support the NFL world-wide, and somehow enhance the story of George Halas, a family favorite.

May 19, 2024 2:55 pm

Don’t you put that on us Ricky Dave.

Also, unrelated but yesterday I met Devin Hester! and added Jay Hilgenberg as the 13th sig on my SBXX ball.

May 19, 2024 1:11 pm

I can’t wait!! Been watching hard knocks since its first season. Huge fan and to finally see my bears on it will be such a bonus. I personally think this will be good for Caleb. Most of the rumors around him were based on he was very unknown as a person. This will give him and the bears the chance to get everything out and show the world what kind of good dude he is on and off the field. Get everything out of the way so all the rumor bull crap can’t even start. This will help so 3… Read more »

May 19, 2024 10:58 am

The caviat though is, do they want it. Some have claimed it’s an unwanted, non-necessary distraction. Wait and see, I guess.

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