Each summer, one NFL franchise stars in HBO's hit series "Hard Knocks." The show gives fans an insider look at the drama and day-to-day happenings of an NFL franchise.
Last year's edition featured the Cleveland Browns, who were coming off an 0-16 season. The Browns had a dysfunctional coaching staff and a brash rookie quarterback, which means they were perfect for "Hard Knocks."
Who will fill the Browns' shoes this offseason? NFL.com's Dan Hanzus ranked the most-likely teams according to how interesting they'd be.
Note: a team can avoid a mandatory appearance on "Hard Knocks" if it has a first-year head coach, has made the playoffs in the last two seasons and has appeared on the show in the last 10 years.
None of the five teams Hanzus mentioned fall under those criteria, especially not the New York Giants, who he put at No. 1.
The Giants are one of the NFL's signature franchises, and as such, they've always seemed to be above the fray of -- gasp -- reality television. Then again, it's not like we're talking about a "Keeping Up with the Kardashians"-style production ambushing team employees in monocles and white gloves sipping out of diamond-encrusted flutes. Unless that is the scene, in which case, the Giants have to be the choice. In addition to the team's big-ticket appeal, there are some great stories to track, chief among them the looming end of the Eli era. We could have a young hotshot to push the old QB, which would be extra spicy. There's also reigning Offensive Rookie of the Year Saquon Barkley plus that Odell guy everyone loves to talk about. Sign me up.
We can't deny the Giants would be a pretty juicy team to follow around. However, as Hanzus mentions, John Mara wants no part of his franchise being on a show like this, so he could try to pull out all the stops to make sure another team is chosen.
For what it's worth, a New York Daily News report says "Hard Knocks" wants the Giants' New York counterparts on the show again, but the Jets could refuse an offer. They have a new head coach in Adam Gase and were featured on the show in 2010.