After finding success with last season’s Hard Knocks In-Season program, the NFL has found its next team to follow. According to reports, first by ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Arizona Cardinals will be the next team that will have the HBO Hard Knocks series following them starting in November.
Arizona finished last season at 11-6 and a disappointing 34-14 loss in the NFL Playoffs to the Los Angeles Rams.
There are plenty of storylines to follow with this team. Starting the season, Arizona will be missing their three-time All-Pro wide receiver, DeAndre Hopkins, after he was suspended for the first six games due to violation of the league’s performance-enhancing drugs policy.
Then there’s QB Kyler Murray who not only has not reported for the start of Arizona’s OTAs as he awaits a new contract per reports.
Or how about the owner of the franchise, Michael Bidwell, reportedly being very upset with how the team squandered a 7-0 start of the season to drop five of their last six games?
There was a tense meeting involving Cardinals owner Michael Bidwill, GM Steve Keim and coach Kliff Kingsbury yesterday, per source. Bidwill was unhappy with late-season slide and intimated changes were possible.
“Shit hit the fan,” source said.
— Kyle Odegard (@Kyle_Odegard) January 20, 2022
Regardless of how last season was viewed, there are plenty of storylines going into the 2022 season that makes Arizona a must-watch on the in-season version of Hard Knocks.