The Chicago Bears emerged as one of three candidates to be the subject for HBO’s Hard Knocks series along with the New York Giants and Pittsburgh Steelers on Tuesday, which stoked the interest of many fans of these historic franchises, but even though the intital reports have been shot down, Chicago general manager Phil Emery is hoping the league looks elsewhere.
Emery spoke to the media for his pre-draft press conference on Thursday and thinks the Bears already have outstanding coverage in the best NFL city in the league and the Bears won’t benefit as much as other teams, according to Kevin Fishbain of Chicagofootball.com.
“I think we have a great camp. We have great media. We have fan interest unlike any other city. I think this is the best NFL city in the league, bar none. I think our media is the best in the league, bar none. I think our coverage is outstanding.
“I think our fans love going to camp to find out more about our players, I think there’s a number of teams that don’t have as much attraction, have as big a base for whatever reasons, their population or their history, obviously, this is a tremendous, historic franchise.
“I think there will probably be other places that could benefit from it other than the Chicago Bears.”
Even though Emery hopes the NFL will look elsewhere, the Bears would be forced to comply to a new league rule, because they have missed the postseason the past two seasons and don’t have a new head coach, and they would be an intriguing watch for not just Bears fans, but all of the NFL.
Jay Cutler, Martellus Bennett, Lance Briggs and the newly-signed Jared Allen would make for a fascinating watch. Although head coach Marc Trestman may not be as lively as Rex Ryan was when they visited the New York Jets, but the ratings would be high nonetheless.
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