NFL fans flock to HBO's Hard Knocks every summer, the inside access look at one team's NFL training camp. The Redskins have never appeared on the show, but that could change in a few months. Maybe.
Due to the rules that surround the NFL's participation many teams around the league are not eligible to be on Hard Knocks. Teams that made the playoffs the previous year or had a coaching change are automatically removed from the possible pool of teams to go on the show. That narrows the list significantly, though neither rule would disqualify the Redskins. That's where things get interesting.
ESPN Cleveland reported that while the Browns would qualify for the show - and probably make riveting television - the team has requested not to be included as quarterback Johnny Manziel is working back to football after entering rehab for personal problems with alcohol abuse.
With Cleveland asking out of the show, and reports say the request will be granted, three finalists have emerged: Houston, Buffalo and Washington. That's right: The Redskins training camp in Richmond could be this year's Hard Knocks.
Drama always seems to surround the 'Skins and quarterback Robert Griffin III, and the HBO producers must love the idea of filming offensive sessions between RG3 and head coach Jay Gruden. But word is the Redskins want nothing to do with the show, and HBO says they only want to work with willing partners. Rex Ryan seemed to enjoy the cameras when his Jets were on Hard Knocks a few years ago; with Rex now in charge of Buffalo, maybe a willing partner exists. The Bills would need to reach out to HBO and the NFL to let both parties know of their interest, as Buffalo would not normally qualify for the show with a new head coach.
Houston doesn't have the sizzle of RG3 or the bombast of Rex, but the Texans' J.J. Watt is a star. The show also works with or without stars. NFL junkies just love the peak behind the curtain.
Should the Redskins let HBO come to Richmond? Will they? Let us know what you think in the comments.