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Dave Caldwell says Jaguars don't want to be on HBO's "Hard Knocks''


The Jaguars would seem to be a good fit for the “Hard Knocks’’ training camp show on HBO.

Coach Gus Bradley’s upbeat personality would likely make for good television, especially his talks with the team.  And it would showcase the Jaguars.

But don’t look for them to be on this year. General manager Dave Caldwell says they are not interested.

In an interview on NBCSN, Caldwell said, “That’s a good question. Our reaction would be that we would try to defer.’’

He said it wouldn’t be an ideal situation for the Jaguars.

“We take a lot of pride in our culture and we’re very particular on who we bring into this organization. So we’ve been able to build a lot of trust from our coaching staff to our players and they know, our players know we have their best interests at heart. It’s hard to build trust with cameras omnipresence,’’ Caldwell said.

It’s not really that hard because NFL Films is careful not to show anything the team doesn’t want shown.

The Jaguars are one of eight teams that could be ordered to appear on the show.

The NFL has new guidelines, exempting teams that have appeared in the playoffs the last two years, have new coaches or have appeared on the show in the last decade.

The other seven teams besides the Jaguars that aren’t exempt are the Bears, Bills, Cardinals, Giants, Raiders, Rams and Steelers.

Even if the Jaguars wanted to do it, the NFL would probably prefer a high profile team like the Bears, Giants or Steelers on the show.

There’s also the chance that one of the eight teams will volunteer or that one of the 24 exempt teams will.

But with the Jaguars, a small market team, opposed to the idea, they don’t figure to be on.

The league would prefer to have a team volunteer for the assignment. Last year, Cincinnati agreed to do the show for the second time after the 49ers, Falcons, Seahawks, Texans and Redskins all declined.

The Jaguars appeared on a version of the show in 2004 that appeared on the NFL Network and was called “Inside Training Camp: Jaguars summer.’’

The show started in 2001 featuring the Ravens. Dallas was on the next year and the Jaguars did the NFL Network version in 2004. It then resumed in 2007 with the Chiefs and Dallas was on again in 2008, followed by the Bengals, Jets and Dolphins and then the Bengals again.

The NFL announced last year it has signed a multi-year deal with HBO to continue the show and then set up the current guidelines.



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2717 points
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 @ 11:03 am

of what Jaguars (players and fans) do not want:

10) Higher property tax rate (makes home values decrease even more)
9) To have to carry a firearm for protection
8) To have to use it in self defense
7) Chad Henne to start the 1st regular season game
6) Blaine Gabbert on roster after first cuts
5) Justin Blackmon to fall off the wagon
4) More than one regular season game in London ( in a decade )
3) HBO to expose "the state of our roster" free of playmakers
2) Sam drafted
1) MJD to leave this team this year!

Of course we never get what we want. What we want:

A documentary of what we have endured and the causes of our demise. Include the strong
passion the fans here have for football in general.

A dual threat QB, preferably a FA with success in the NFL (there is only one).

A safe place to celebrate downtown near the sports venues.

Edited for length.

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1792 points
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Tuesday, February 25, 2014 @ 11:06 am

Probably a good idea. The Jags have fallen into a place where they don't factor, in just about every aspect of the game. And as many of us in Jacksonville know, there's almost nothing in the organization worth watching. It's been so bland, I wouldn't be surprised if HBO tried to sue the NFL if they were forced to document the Jags. All efforts should be on building and fielding a COMPETITIVE team that is not a joke. You could, in the past, almost see the excitement in the past coaches' faces when they knew their days in Jacksonville were numbered.

Any documentaries might be a distraction to them trying to climb out of their less than zero abyss.