May 21, 2014; Berea, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel looks to pass during mini camp at Cleveland Browns practice facility. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Cleveland Browns turned down Hard Knocks


The Cleveland Browns could be one of the more interesting teams in the NFL this season thanks to Johnny Manziel, so there were many people hoping that his rookie training camp would be documented on the popular HBO Hard Knocks series.

Unfortunately, the Browns turned down an offer to appear on the show.

When you first hear the Browns were offered a spot on the show, you would have to believe that it was because HBO knows of the drawing power that Johnny Football brings. That is not the case, however.

According to head coach Mike Pettine, the Browns were approached with the offer before drafting the polarizing Texas A&M superstar.

The team turned down the offer because they simply want to be all about business in Pettine’s first year with the team.

“It was for the same reason we didn’t feel super comfortable having a camera in the draft room,” Pettine said, per Tom Reed of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “Let’s get through the first time, let’s get through the first year.”

While the Browns can turn down the HBO offer because they have a first-year head coach, there are eight other teams that are not as lucky.

If HBO cannot find a willing team, they can force either the Jacksonville Jaguars, Oakland Raiders, Pittsburgh Steelers, Buffalo Bills, Arizona Cardinals, St. Louis Rams, Chicago Bears or New York Giants to appear on this year’s edition of the show.

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  • Richard Ciesielski

    I wonder if they (HBO) weren’t so much after Manziel as they were Gordon. I really don’t think there’s an issue with pressure when it comes to these guys. Think about it, they’ve grown up being watched. Peewee, high school, college, so the watching crowd gets bigger each time, to a point. Some pro stadiums are even smaller than the college fields that these guys were scouted in, and odds are those games were being seen by a TV viewing audience. So whos more worried about messing up? Its got to be easier on the players than it does the coaching staff. After all, they no longer really have to worry about tests ,GPA’s, and more than likely student loans. I think with all of these coaches they’re more stressed over their players doing well enough to keep them working more then anything else. I think Pettine still hasn’t got past the flak he cought after Gordons issues came out and feels, rightly so I’ll add, that theres a whole lot of people watching to see what he’s going to do with the team instead of how the players of the team are actually doing individually.