3 obvious reasons why Vikings should volunteer to be on 'Hard Knocks'

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Reason No. 2

Kevin O'Connell knows what to expect

Before Kevin O'Connell was hired to be the new head coach of the Vikings in 2022, he spent his previous two years on the coaching staff of the Los Angeles Rams as their offensive coordinator.

During O'Connell's first training camp with the Rams in 2020, they were featured on that year's version of "Hard Knocks", along with the Los Angeles Chargers. So Minnesota's current head coach should certainly be familiar with what giving access to an NFL Films crew throughout training camp looks and feels like.

On the flip side, O'Connell knows that "Hard Knocks" also captures some of the tough parts of the business since his departure from the New York Jets, when he was a quarterback in the league, was filmed by the show in 2010.

Given this experience of his, perhaps he doesn't want to subject some of the Vikings players to something similar when it comes time to make roster cuts at the end of the preseason.

But if O'Connell is okay with everything that the "Hard Knocks" crew typically captures each year, then he shouldn't have a problem with them filming Minnesota's training camp this summer.