Email from reader Matthew:
Something definitely worth considering, and I’m sure Chip’s agent has heard it too is that this team will be eligible for HBO’s Hardknocks next year.
“The exemptions are:
1. Teams that have appeared on Hard Knocks in the last 10 years.
2. Teams with new head coaches.
3. Teams that have made the playoffs in either of the last two years.”
( http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/10/10/most-teams-will-be-exempt-from-hard-knocks-requirement/ )
Well all know how Chip has nothing but contempt for the media and this certainly would be something he hopes to avoid. This combined with possibly going to London.
For the record I’m still #TeamChip but I feel as though I am now in a silent minority. I genuinely believe you have to give this guy more than one season as GM to get it all together.
Thanks and keep up the good work.
P.S If you choose not to write about it that’s fine, but I’m going to send it to other publications Friday if that is the case.
So we looked it up, and our quick back of chat math says the qualifying teams the NFL could force to do it next season, if the season were to end today, would be the Bills (Rex Ryan already on it), Raiders, Jaguars,
Browns, Chargers, Titans, Bucs, Redskins, Rams, Eagles, Saints, Bears and 49ers.
Now, out of those, the top five coaches on the hot seat, besides Kelly, whose teams I’ve taken the liberty of crossing off, are Jim Tomsula (49ers), Mike Pettine (Browns), Mike McCoy (Chargers), Jason Garrett (Cowboys– in playoffs last year), and Jay Gruden (Redskins).
That leaves the Bills, Raiders, Jaguars, Titans, Bucs, Rams, Eagles, Saints and Bears. Which of those teams do you think would make for the most interesting watch? Maybe Matt has a point. Or, maybe, Chip won’t make his career decisions based on the possibility of appearing on a TV show.