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It's a 'Hard Knocks' life for Aaron Rodgers: NFL could force Jets to film show

The NFL could force Aaron Rodgers and the New York Jets to film Hard Knocks this preseason despite head coach Robert Saleh making it clear they don't want the assignment, according to Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.

Saleh, 44, said two weeks ago that there are several organizations who would love to film Hard Knocks, but the Jets are not one of those franchises. In reality, though, there is little interest from teams around the league to have cameras in their buildings.

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Jets might have no choice. They haven't appeared on Hard Knocks in 10 years and missed the playoffs 12 seasons in a row.

"Under a formula developed several years ago, the teams that can be compelled to do [Hard Knocks] include those without a new head coach, those who have not been to the playoffs in either of the last two years, and those that have not been the subject of the show for the last ten years," Florio wrote.

The New Orleans Saints, Chicago Bears and Washington Commanders also fit the criteria for the league to force them into doing the show during the 2023 preseason, but Rodgers' presence in New York clearly makes the Jets a better option.

Hard Knocks in-season for Commanders

Commanders were the only team from the aforementioned list to agree letting Hard Knocks into their building for preseason, but only if the league forced them.

The NFL, however, would rather wait until the sale of the Washington franchise is finalized and instead have them record the show's in-season edition.

Rodgers, 39, and company will most likely have to do the preseason version. Having cameras in the building against their wishes could make for the best Hard Knocks season in a long time.

The league typically does not force teams into doing Hard Knocks, but declining interest around the NFL to participate in the show has forced their hand.

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