The NFL owners have come up with a new way of selecting the team to be featured on the HBO series Hard Knocks. If a team doesn’t volunteer all organizations will be eligible, with a few exceptions: those with a first-year head coach, teams that made the playoffs in one of the last two seasons, and a team that has already participated in the show in the past 10 years.
As you could imagine, some coaches aren’t too keen on the idea of Hard Knocks being forced on them, including Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians.
“I think it’s a total distraction, and I think it’s an embarrassment to players,” Arians told SiriusXM NFL Radio. “I think when players are released, some of the things that are said between coaches and players are too personal, and nobody else’s business.”
When asked how hard he’d fight, he said: “All the way. All the way.”
It is understandable why coaches would fight back against it. NFL teams and coaches are so secretive already, they wouldn’t want cameras coming into training camp as they implement offensive and defensive schemes and essentially tipping their hand to the rest of the league.’