Bills transition phase essentially eliminates them from 'Hard Knocks' consideration
Updated 8:10 AM , May 28, 2014
Don't expect to see Buffalo Bills on "Hard Knocks" this summer.
The Bills meet the criteria to be featured on the popular HBO and NFL Films cinema verite' series. But a plugged-in source told me the Bills have expressed their aversion to appearing on the training-camp show, and the NFL has multiple reasons to accommodate them.
While uncertainties surrounding the Bills' future would create compelling behind-the-scenes television, the NFL agrees with the club that pulling back the curtain at such a sensitive time would be unfair to the front office by inserting another distraction.
Bills founder Ralph Wilson died in March. The team is for sale and could identify a new owner within a few months, perhaps while the show is filming.
"Hard Knocks" generally makes the general manager and head coach stars of each season. With a new Bills owner on the way, GM Doug Whaley and coach Doug Marrone will be under heavy pressure to impress.
It's safe to say they would be recorded against their wishes at camp.
To boot, Wilson apparently had an distaste for the Bills doing the show, which began in 2001.
Enough decision-makers evidently believe it would be inappropriate for the Bills to be featured right after his death.