Jul 26, 2013; Allen Park, MI, USA; Detroit Lions president Tom Lewand during training camp at the Detroit Lions training facility. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

Detroit Lions Can’t Be Forced on Hard Knocks Because of Coaching Change


The Detroit Lions have made it clear in the past that they want nothing to do with HBO’s hit series, Hard Knocks. With today’s developments of the firing of Jim Schwartz, the Lions can’t be forced on to the show if no team volunteers.

Last fall the NFL took steps to ensure the popular series will continue even if there is little interest from the individual clubs in participating. In doing so, they did include provisions by which a team is exempt.

  • Has made the playoffs in one of the previous two seasons
  • Has a new head coach
  • Has appeared on Hard Knocks within the last 10 years

For a while it looked like the Lions could have avoided being forced on to the show by reaching the playoffs. With that possibility now a distant memory, the Lions are still exempt because they will have a new coach.

Of course, these new rules are just in case there isn’t a volunteer so the Lions may not need the protection, and avoiding Hard Knocks certainly wasn’t part of the decision making process in firing Schwartz. The Lions have the kind of team that would seem to play well on the show but we know they won’t volunteer and now they won’t be able to be forced on the show either.

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