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‘Hard Knocks’ Selects Bears for 2024 Training Camp Docuseries, Featuring No. 1 Pick Caleb Williams

The Bears owe a lot to Caleb Williams. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

The Chicago Bears are the “Hard Knocks” team for the 2024 NFL training camp, meaning viewers will get an inside look at Caleb Williams’ rookie season.

NFL Films announced the selection on Thursday, with the first episode airing on August 6. It will be the first time Chicago has been featured on the 23-year-old show.

The Bears were one of three teams to be chosen for the show, joining the Denver Broncos and New Orleans Saints.

Under previous NFL rules, teams could be selected to do the show if they a) did not have a first-year head coach, b) had not made the playoffs in the past two years and c) had not done the show in the past 10 years. Change is coming, however, as NFL owners voted in March to eliminate the playoff requirement and shorten the waiting period to eight years, while also making teams ineligible if they did the in-season version.

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Team president George McCaskey said flat out that the team didn’t want to do it in March. Here’s what head coach Matt Eberflus had to say about it in an NFL press release:

“Our players, coaches and staff are excited to continue the building process for the 2024 season,” said Chicago Bears head coach Matt Eberflus.

Feel the excitement.

In addition to the traditional “Hard Knocks” about Bears training camp, there will be two additional versions of the show.

Earlier this month, it was announced that the New York Giants will be the subject of an offseason version of the show, which will offer a look at the team’s approach to the scouting combine, free agency and the NFL Draft. It will premiere on July 2.

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There will also be the return of the seasonal version of the show, which covered the Miami Dolphins last season. Instead of having one team on the seasonal show this season, four teams will be selected as this year’s seasonal version will cover an entire division.

It’s really not hard to see why the Bears were a good option for ‘Hard Knocks’, as much as they didn’t want to do it. Let’s count down the ways:

  • One of the most popular franchises in the NFL

  • Williams, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2024 NFL Draft who is already known through a Heisman Trophy-winning career at USC and Oklahoma

  • A head coach who is on the hot seat with Eberflus

  • Two incoming wide receivers to play alongside 1,000-yard receiver DJ Moore, veteran Keenan Allen and No. 9 pick Rome Odunze

  • The fallout from the Justin Fields trade

  • A team trying to return to the playoffs for the first time in four seasons

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There may be better teams than the Bears this season, but few are as interesting. 2024 could very well be the team’s turnaround season, or it could be the start of a new disastrous era. Either way, many fans will want to watch it as best they can.

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