Do you want to see the Philadelphia Eagles featured on HBO's Hard Knocks this summer? If so, you're in luck. The NFL can actually force the Eagles to be on the show now that they've missed the playoffs for the second year in a row. Hat tip to Jimmy Kempski of PhillyVoice for being the first to point this out:
NFL teams are off the hook if they can claim any of the following three things (via Deadspin):
1) They made the playoffs in one of the previous two seasons.
2) They have a new head coach.
3) They already appeared on the show in the last 10 years.
The Eagles cannot claim any of the above, and you can bet HBO would love to cover the Chipper. The other teams who are eliminated from playoff contention and fit the criteria above (for now, before head coach firing season) are the 49ers, Bears, Bills, Browns, Buccaneers, Chargers, Giants, Jaguars, Raiders, Rams, Saints, and Titans.
If Chip Kelly leaves or gets fired, the Eagles can't be forced to do the show. Some reports indicate Kelly's job is safe, but it's hard to say it's a guarantee.
Assuming Kelly is back, the Eagles are likely a prime candidate to be featured on the show. A number of the other teams currently eligible will be eliminated if/when they hire a new coach (looking at you, 49ers/Chargers/Giants/Jaguars/Titans). Kelly might not be a very popular man in Philadelphia right now, but he's an interesting guy from a league perspective. For evidence, look no further than all the national TV games the Eagles play. Kelly isn't a big fan of the media, so it's hard to imagine he'd like to be featured on the show, but it's not going to be up to him if he sticks around.
Having Hard Knocks focus on the Eagles would be cool from a media/fan perspective. The show gives a behind-the-scenes look at players and coaches during training camp. Some might think the show is a "distraction," but history suggest that's not the case. Only three Hard Knocks teams have ever finished with a losing record:
The Hard Knocks announcement usually doesn't take place until late May or early June, so there's still a lot of time left before a final decision is made.