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Arians would fight effort to force Hard Knocks onto Cardinals

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The NFL has decided that, if there are no volunteers for Hard Knocks, the league will appoint someone to do it.

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians nevertheless insists his team won’t comply, if it ever comes to that.

“I think it’s a total distraction, and I think it’s an embarrassment to players,” Arians told Bill Polian and Alex Marvez of 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.”

Asked if he’d fight an involuntary Hard Knocks assignment “tooth and nail,” Arians didn’t hesitate.

“All the way,” Arians said.  “All the way.”

We agree with Arians’ point.  At a time when the league has suggested that it would like to find a more “humane” way of ending employment, the easiest tactic would be, you know, to not film the interaction and play it on national TV.

Still, Arians will lose, if push ever comes to shove.  The requisite number of NFL owners have agreed to the new rule.

And if/when a team tries to fight the Hard Knocks assignment, the show may become even more compelling.  Indeed, one of the most memorable moments of a largely forgettable 2013 edition of the series came when linebacker James Harrison was doing all he could to avoid the cameras and microphones.  Five episodes of the coaches and the players doing that would be a lot better than a kick-ass Oklahoma drill scene surrounded by several hours of filler.

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65 Responses to “Arians would fight effort to force Hard Knocks onto Cardinals”
  1. canetic says: Oct 8, 2013 9:47 PM

    Hard Knocks viewers will also fight tooth and nail to keep the Cardinals off of the show.

  2. gloryfromheaven says: Oct 8, 2013 9:49 PM

    Goodell = Obama

  3. LoCoSu@%s says: Oct 8, 2013 9:50 PM

    The league’s decision borders on insanity. If no team wants to do it, why force them?
    No team wants the distraction of TV crews following them or any trade secrets being transmitted on HBO.
    Anything for the almighty dollar I guess.

  4. bh83 says: Oct 8, 2013 9:51 PM

    I don’t think you have too much to worry about Bruce, they are trying to increase viewership.

  5. nflofficeadmin says: Oct 8, 2013 9:52 PM

    If you don’t like it you can always leave..

  6. omniscient48 says: Oct 8, 2013 9:59 PM

    I can’t argue with Arians here.

  7. thestrategyexpert says: Oct 8, 2013 10:00 PM

    Sounds like such a fruitful war to wage. Fortunately for him his team could be in the part of the list that comes into play in the 4th decade from now. I wonder if he’ll keep up the fight to keep his job until then in order to continue on with that one.

  8. bennyb82 says: Oct 8, 2013 10:00 PM

    Goodell just moved Arizona to the top of the list…

  9. bmoreravens1012013 says: Oct 8, 2013 10:01 PM

    For once, I side with the owners. I, like most fans, like hard knocks , and its great access for fans. Just because you may not like it, don’t spoil it for the rest of us by agreeing with Arians. He needs to step into the 21st century…..

  10. dirtybird28 says: Oct 8, 2013 10:02 PM

    “My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark” plus that Oklahoma drill was epic. Jets season was still the best.

  11. marima07 says: Oct 8, 2013 10:03 PM

    You hit the hypocritical NFL nail on the head.

    Worried about safety? Don’t promote adding two extra games to the schedule.

    Worried about the inhumane way players get cut? Don’t make it worse by filming the entire awkward, emotional moment (with close-up shots) and broadcasting it to a national audience.

  12. mcjon22 says: Oct 8, 2013 10:04 PM

    But coaches can scream, curse out, bench, embarrass players in front of other players, the players families, a full 80,000 seat stadium, and millions watching on TV, and that’s ok?


  13. whodeybacker says: Oct 8, 2013 10:04 PM

    Hey Bruce . You re a coach. Shut up and let your Owner say what your team WILL do. Dont try to be the next Rex Ryan. Your team isnt that good.

  14. rajbais says: Oct 8, 2013 10:05 PM

    The open coach wants privacy. How ironic.

  15. beerbaron says: Oct 8, 2013 10:07 PM

    You really thought Hard Knocks was several hours of filter? You don’t actually enjoy football very much, do you. I guess we shouldn’t expect a lawyer to understand human emotion.

  16. drunkwino says: Oct 8, 2013 10:07 PM

    Settle this with Arians vs Goodell in a steel cage match. We’re all pulling for ya Bruce. ALL of us.

  17. bonecrushinghits says: Oct 8, 2013 10:11 PM

    Florio hit the nail on the head with the dullness of the Bengals season. It’s too bad fans can’t vote what team is profiled. The Lions would get my vote for good TV.

  18. firerogergoodellnow says: Oct 8, 2013 10:11 PM

    They should film Hard Knocks at the league office and follow Roger Goodell around with cameras.

  19. coltzfan166 says: Oct 8, 2013 10:11 PM

    I agree that the scenes with players being released don’t need to be shown. But practices, interviews, team meetings, and a little bit of the night life are appropriate.

  20. wisportsfanpbbb says: Oct 8, 2013 10:13 PM

    I have only seen the last two seasons of Hard Knocks but I gotta say I’m hooked. I would hate it if I were an NFL coach, but as a fan I love it. I think a lot of fans who have seen the show feel the same way. As much of a distraction as it might (key word “might”) be I would still love to see my team on that show. It is well done and I think helps humanize players in a game that can make them seem inhuman at times.

  21. bender4700 says: Oct 8, 2013 10:15 PM

    I love Hard Knocks, but I can totally see why the coaches/players hate it.

    Having every decision, conversation, and the moment put out like that, just tough to ask of a team.

  22. fballlvr22 says: Oct 8, 2013 10:19 PM

    Personally, I love Hardknocks. I hope someone steps up.

  23. thestrategyexpert says: Oct 8, 2013 10:24 PM

    Of course now that Bruce said this, if the NFL wants to go for maximum possible ratings then they have to choose the Cardinals for next year now. Maybe Bruce is using reverse psychology because he really wants the show to come to Arizona. And maybe the NFL wants to set a precedent for other teams to understand if you try to undermine their options and flexibility with lame tactics then you might get the fight you are looking for. Could be a ratings bonanza. I can’t wait for next season already. The NFL should announce tomorrow that they made their decision, oh the headlines!

  24. monkeyhateclean says: Oct 8, 2013 10:32 PM

    I get that the show caters to the “reality show” crowd, but compelling a team to tolerate intrusive cameras when they don’t want them? Complete BS.

    Surely, HBO had to pay a pretty penny to ensure that the NFL would offer up an NFL team to comply with this unwanted intrusion, so I’m sure all that HBO money will go towards discounting said team’s tickets prices….NOT.

  25. arrogantnation says: Oct 8, 2013 10:32 PM

    Bruce Arians is a straight shooter. I like his style

  26. jwhitejagsquad says: Oct 8, 2013 10:39 PM

    The total distraction would be seeing him wear that stupid Kangol hat all the time

  27. timegambit says: Oct 8, 2013 10:42 PM

    I bet it’s because of his pregame ritual of hopping around in an Elmo costume sprinkling “win dust,” all over his players.

  28. doggeatdogg says: Oct 8, 2013 10:43 PM

    So many ways to skin a cat. If teams don’t want to do it and it’s forced on them, then they are under no obligation to provide material for the show. Can you imagine a forced cast doing minimal talking, coaches addressing issues in a professional way and when the cameras are off, muzzle the Chad Johnson types, and no bantering.
    The Patriots would be the perfect for this. Ultimately the public will kill the show just like it’s doing the worthless Pro Bowl.

  29. ufanforreal says: Oct 8, 2013 10:45 PM

    I agree with Arians stupid show and causes to much BS during the season.

  30. edukator4 says: Oct 8, 2013 10:47 PM

    pretty simple solution. rotate the series around the owners’ teams who provided the requisite number of votes to force this series on anyone.
    we all know that goodell’s buddies wont be intruded on though

  31. iced107 says: Oct 8, 2013 10:50 PM

    “Five episodes of the coaches and the players doing that would be a lot better than a kick-ass Oklahoma drill scene surrounded by several hours of filler.”


    Well, that explains a lot about this site – drama is more important than the actual football playing.

  32. t8ertot says: Oct 8, 2013 10:52 PM

    When the bengals win the Super Bowl this year, every team will want to be on the show

  33. firerogergoodellnow says: Oct 8, 2013 10:55 PM

    They should film Hard Knocks at the league office and follow Roger Goodell with cameras.

  34. jetsjetsjetsnow says: Oct 8, 2013 10:56 PM

    This show is an embarrassment to what football is about!!!

    Goodall you have no respect for the sanctity of ‘Team’!

    The owners who voted for this are idiots and care more about fleecing the golden egg that feeds them for more TV revenues than their respective team unity & cohesiveness.

    I’d hate to be a player subject or coach subject to this.

    Its pretty pathetic!

  35. anarchopurplism says: Oct 8, 2013 10:57 PM

    Um, don’t many feel like the League is run by a bunch of ham-handed, dictorial neanderthals?

    Ladies & gentleman, I present to you your next Hard Knocks host……The Arizona Cardinals!

  36. MostlyRight says: Oct 8, 2013 11:09 PM

    I can’t believe this show could force their way into an entire team’s personal business and life like that. Arians needs to be allowed his rebuild of that team without all that nonsense.

  37. michaeljacksonisback says: Oct 8, 2013 11:11 PM

    Fans meet next years hard knocks team

  38. philyeagles5 says: Oct 8, 2013 11:11 PM

    If you’re gonna do it this way, just do every team in alphabetical order. Pretty simple.

  39. arctantheta says: Oct 8, 2013 11:13 PM

    just end this crap already and play football

  40. toneman1234 says: Oct 8, 2013 11:14 PM

    More pathetic, so-called “reality” TV. Kill the whole thing. Now.

  41. titansbro says: Oct 8, 2013 11:14 PM

    No one wants to see the Cardinals anyway.

  42. wearesc13 says: Oct 8, 2013 11:24 PM

    Don’t worry Bruce, nobody cares to see the Cardinals anyway.

  43. raiderlyfe510 says: Oct 8, 2013 11:35 PM

    Haven’t watched that show in years. The NFL could do without it.

  44. theauger says: Oct 8, 2013 11:37 PM

    Good for Bruce Arians. I would probably enjoy watching Arians fight with the league than Hard Knocks it’s self.

    Bruce vs Rodger in a verbal lumberjack match.

  45. sensiblevoice says: Oct 8, 2013 11:56 PM

    why would the nfl want to ruin the actual game for a stupid tv show that only people with hbo can see

  46. harrisonhits2 says: Oct 9, 2013 12:18 AM

    Lol at least the Pats won’t have to worry about having this show shoved down their throats.

    Can you imagine it would be like an hour long Belichick press conference every week. The producers would get nothing to work with lol.

  47. misterpigglesworth says: Oct 9, 2013 12:20 AM

    dont worry brucey. nobody wants to watch the cardinals either.

  48. hockeyflow33 says: Oct 9, 2013 12:27 AM

    As a Pats fan I’d love to see them try and force this on Belichick

  49. hendeeze says: Oct 9, 2013 12:29 AM

    James Harrison did all he could to avoid cameras and microphones, except for the time he invited them in while he was getting acupuncture

  50. clssylssy says: Oct 9, 2013 2:25 AM

    Good for coach BA! As a lifelong football fan, I am continually dismayed at the manner in which the NFL has flagrantly erroded the essence of this great American sport so loved by millions through unprecedented greed. “Hard Knocks” makes a mockery out of professional football by turning it into a cheap soap opera. The owners should be ashamed of prostituting their teams in this manner!

  51. blackbug99 says: Oct 9, 2013 3:45 AM

    He could argue that the “appointment” was unfairly, and arbitrarily imposed as all teams won’t be in the mix. The “Elite”teams can opt out. OMG!! Imagine Belichick being forced into it!! That would be entertainment! The pool should be All In, or All Out, or All Gone!!

  52. coachbeck says: Oct 9, 2013 5:34 AM

    I bet the steelers do this in the next two years. Whenever the league wants to do something that doesn’t make sense the rooneys run to the front of the line. Plus they are terrible now and will need the attention.

    I do think the Lions, Falcons, and Seattle would be good. an the Bills might be interesting as well. 49ers would be boring

  53. torturedraiderfan says: Oct 9, 2013 6:21 AM

    At a time when the league has suggested that it would like to find a more “humane” way of ending employment

    A more “humane” way of ending employment?? Are you kidding me. Try working in a bank when they have a round of layoffs. They just escort you into a conference room in front of the entire staff and tell you to pack your things while a security guard waits to walk you to the door. The NFL needs to toughen up.

  54. 12strikes says: Oct 9, 2013 6:47 AM

    Easy way around “assigning” a team to do this, is to make it that the Super Bowl winner gets the gig.
    This will solve 2 problems.
    1. It won’t look like the league is choosing favorites (or teams it don’t like, as the case maybe)
    2. Arians will NEVER have to worry about getting the gig.

  55. bengalskuta82 says: Oct 9, 2013 7:23 AM

    Can’t he just say, He doesn’t agree with it? Dictator Goodall will win this. Why try to play tough guy when you know for sure you gonna lose just like your horrible team does?
    I wouldn’t wanna watch the boring Cards anyway

  56. cmgww says: Oct 9, 2013 7:46 AM

    Remember when ESPN had the soap opera series “Playmakers” before the NFL got all butt hurt and forced them to cancel it? Now they are trying to force Hard Knocks on teams?? Stay classy, NFL, seems totally legit. Besides, Arizona would be boring. I can see it now…Arians: “Ok, we’re going deep on this play”
    Palmer: “But I am getting killed behind this terrible offensive line, can we just throw slants?”
    Arians: “No! We’re going deep!”
    Saw it every game last year when he stepped in as HC for the Colts. His scheme is great with a great o line. If not his QB gets killed. Luck was the most hit QB last season, and unless it has changed, Palmer is the most sacked this season.

  57. geniusry says: Oct 9, 2013 7:54 AM

    I love how they think firing someone could be more “humane.” What the H man? You get fired, just like millions of people do all the time. That’s life. It isn’t humane and it sucks. Stop the wussification already!!!!!!

  58. raybguilty says: Oct 9, 2013 9:04 AM

    How can Goodell in good faith promote player safety while at the same time force teams to do a reality show whose named implies concussions?

    He should step down now. WTH does a reality show have to do with playing football?

    If I wanted to watch the Kardashians or their boyfriends play football, I’d… well, I could have my own NFL team.

  59. hanifmiller says: Oct 9, 2013 9:05 AM

    Unlike many businesses in the US, the NFL is thriving and in many ways recession proof “Hard Knocks” and the push for an NFL team in London are just cases of the greedy getting greedier.

  60. maurysline says: Oct 9, 2013 9:05 AM

    Goodell wants a legit major market team on HK. No knock against Cincy, Miami, or the Jets, but it all about ratings. (Think of how they view the ultimate teams that make the SB and World Series…..they always want major market teams).
    He is going to get that anyway he can. Even if it means forcing them to do it.
    In all fairness the Jets are major market but will always be considered the second team in NY.
    And while the Jets HK was a circus and mage Rex Ryan look like a buffoon (easily done), the others have gone out of the way to take that kind of nonsense out.
    It has been a more professional look when they get to the editing room.

  61. annapterp says: Oct 9, 2013 9:32 AM

    Just another money grab by the NFL. The owners love Goodell because he takes all the heat on these dumb ass ideas like London, 18 game schedule, hard knocks, etc. I watched the show the first few years but it became boring after a few years. The NFL and the NCAA are becoming hard to differentiate.

  62. laxcoach37 says: Oct 9, 2013 9:35 AM

    Shocking how some of you forget this is a Business. It is an entertainment business and if the CEO says to do something, then you do it. Do you all have jobs where this is different? Hard Knocks is wildly successful… Last year most fans gave thumbs down to Miami and it was the all-time ratings winner. Goddell know this and has a right to mandate one of HIS franchises do it. I do agree with most that a system needs to be deleloped for choosing, like Super Bowl winner or runner-up, last place team, etc.

  63. fordmandalay says: Oct 9, 2013 9:45 AM

    TV fans would join him. Who the eff cares about the Cardinals outside of Phoenix?

  64. whodey23 says: Oct 9, 2013 10:14 AM

    He needs to worry more about his play of his QB more than the show.

  65. granadafan says: Oct 10, 2013 1:07 PM

    How can the NFL force a team, coaches, or players to appear on camera? Oh I forgot, Goodell needs to pay for the concussion lawsuit settlement somehow. God forbid the greedy multi billionaire owners would pay for something out of their own pocket.

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