Cardinals President Michael Bidwill opens the door for ‘Hard Knocks’ appearance
The Arizona Cardinals haven’t advanced to the postseason since 2015 and their playoff misfortunes could land them a beneficial opportunity. With free agency looming, Cardinals president Michael Bidwill opened the door for the team to make a “Hard Knocks” appearance in 2020.
“We’re always going to listen to everything,” Bidwill said, via Jeremy Cluff in the Arizona Republic. “We’ll see what comes up.
“I think we’ve done a good job of being available and volunteering to do things, like ‘All or Nothing.’ So we’ll see where we end up.”
Every year since 2001, HBO has featured a single NFL team for “Hard Knocks.” The in-depth show displays a behind-the-scenes look at a team’s training camp and preseason.
The requirements to get onto the show include missing the playoffs for two consecutive seasons. In addition, a team must have a head coach that isn’t in their first year of coaching in the NFL. Seeing that the Cardinals check both of those boxes, they’ll be among the teams considered for “Hard Knocks.”
Ahead of the offseason, Kliff Kingsbury is heading into his second season as the head coach of the Cardinals. His first season was somewhat of a success as Arizona finished with a 5-10-1 record.
Despite the dismal record, the Cardinals found their franchise quarterback in Kyler Murray and Kingsbury’s offensive schemes seem to be perfectly tailored for the NFL. As a matter of fact, Murray won the NFL’s Offensive Rookie of the Year award after his impressive rookie campaign.
Bidwill appears to be intrigued by the idea of being the next team to be featured on “Hard Knocks.” However, it remains to be seen if Kingsbury and the other higher-ups share the same sentiment.