Browns said no to Hard Knocks

AP

Cross the Browns of the list of potential Hard Knocks subjects.

Browns coach Mike Pettine said that his team was asked if it would appear on the show and declined. Pettine noted that as a first-year head coach he has the right to say no, and that’s a right he wanted to exercise while he learns on the job.

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

Teams can refuse if they’ve done Hard Knocks in the last 10 years, if they’ve made the playoffs in either of the last two years, or if they have a new head coach. Pettine has been through Hard Knocks before as an assistant with the Jets, and he said it’s possible he might do it again as a head coach with the Browns. Just not this year.

“There are positives and negatives to doing it,” Pettine said. “It’s not something I would say we’d never do, partly because the league can make us do it.”

The Browns will have one of the most intriguing training camps in football this season, thanks to the arrival of Johnny Manziel. But Pettine said the Browns were first approached about it before the draft.

54 responses to “Browns said no to Hard Knocks

  1. Lifelong Browns fan here. Liking very much the direction we are heading…so much that I bought season tickets last week! Gooooo Brownies!

  2. Should have added one more zero on that bribe check Roger. We all wanted to witness this train wreck first hand.
    Too bad Hoyer will badly beat out Johnny for the starting gig anyway.

  3. Browns won’t be required to do Hard Knocks next year as well since they will have a new coach.

  4. That’s fine, I’ll just fill out the suggestion box at the AT&T website and let them know that I would have liked to see Manziel’s offseason developments broadcast on TV and if they could please make stuff like that available in the future for players of interest that I want to pay money to watch what they do. Maybe they’ll make a business out of it some day.

  5. whoisedgy says:
    Jun 9, 2014 11:13 AM
    Lifelong Browns fan here. Liking very much the direction we are heading…so much that I bought season tickets last week! Gooooo Brownies!

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    Those tickets will be worth next to nothing by week 6.

    Tickets to the 2015 draft will be worth more because the Browns will have 2 Top 5 picks.

  6. One thing I will say is that Browns fans show incredible support for this team despite how pathetic they have been in my lifetime. They are like the Cubs fans of the NFL. They are much more likeable than the new wave of Bengals fans.
    Kuddos to Browns fans – not so much for Browns’ ownership / mgmt. 😦

  7. I still say to just make it set so the Super Bowl winner from the previous season is the team in the series. It’ll always be known and an already poor team from the year before can’t blame the “distraction”. Besides, having the SB winner will bring the most interest, they’re the SB champs.

  8. Give it to the Steelers. Prime-time comedy. And many of the scenes can be shot at a local retirement home.

  9. It’s clear no one wants to do this show. Greedy Goodell and the owners only see $ signs and not the welfare of the team.

  10. We’ll get a minute by minute account of Johnny Bieber, even if we don’t want it anyway. We don’t need Hard Knocks for that.

    He’s already got around-the-clock coverage.

  11. Just a note. Season tickets for the Browns fans are always worth something. We support our team period. Every home game is a sell out. I can’t give any predictions regarding the offense, but the Browns will have an above average defense this coming season. I think they’ll be competitive.

  12. Although my team plays in the other conference, I honestly tell you, pft nation, that my AFC team is the Browns. Why?

    I loved the ill-fated Browns of the 80’s, when Bernie was QB and Marty was coach. I thought it terrible when Modell took the franchise to Baltimore, as he took the soul of the City too. When the NFL awarded a franchise to Cleveland, I loved the fact that the Dawg Pound would be back (only the Packets have such great fans)! The Browns are one of the great franchises, with ties to the NFL and their city that are indeed both historical and heartfelt.

    I have watched over the years and felt the chagrin and misery of the faithful. But whereas every change of ownership and management felt wrong somehow, the recent changes both at the top and on the field ring true.

    Browns vs. Packers in a year?

  13. “Thanks, but we have enough problems… and we really don’t want a bunch of cameras here when the FBI comes to raid the executive offices.”

  14. The Factory of Sadness will lose its mystery and intrigue if you expose it to the world, like the Loch Ness Monster, Bigfoot, flying saucers, and haunted houses.

  15. We may not be able to watch them on HBO, but at least we’ll still be able to watch them on TMZ…

  16. Why so people say the browns have great fans, etc. if the fans of Cleveland were so great why are they on their 3rd NFL franchise? Those “great” fans were so great they voted down a stadium for the ravens causing them to leave. They finally build a stadium to get their 3rd team.

    Fans aren’t that great. Plenty of blackouts in Cleveland. Calling them great fans is just window dressing, much like the progressives do on most things.

  17. Love…Hard…Knocks. I don’t care what team is in it, the Jets were my favorite, now let’s go get a goddam snack.

  18. damn if it was my decision id SAY YESSS too hard knocks why more money and exposure for my cleveland browns something we need even though we havnt won much at all

  19. Theoretically, any team that wanted out of HAVING to be on hard knocks could fire their HC for a day or a week, then re-hire him. Or “swap” the assistant HC with the HC in name only. Bam – New coach and we don’t have to be on the show!

  20. Ugh somebody please say yes so my team is safe? The hard knocks jinx is far worse than the sports illustrated jinx. It’s the death knell for playoff hopes. Watch that poor team’s Vegas super bowl odds grow gargantuan in the days after it gets announced.

  21. The Browns drafted Manziel so interest in the team just went up a significant amount.

    While they may have the most dull uniforms in the NFL, they have the most exciting player in Manziel. Appearing on Hard Knocks is only a natural step. Should have done it.

  22. denverdude7 says:
    Jun 9, 2014 11:06 AM

    Who would want to watch the Browns anyway?
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    denverdude7 says:
    Jun 9, 2014 11:19 AM

    Those tickets will be worth next to nothing by week 6.

    Tickets to the 2015 draft will be worth more because the Browns will have 2 Top 5 picks
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    Man just don’t understand some people? Cleveland has done nothing to you, yet all you do is look for an article about Cleveland so you can bash the team and it’s fan base over and over! Don’t get it. I’ll bet everything I got that if your team has been as bad as ours over the years, you would be rooting for a different one by know. You need to start worrying about other things. Like how many games your team can win in a row, then get blown out in the Superbowl.

    Just Sayin’…Go Brownies! Stay Classy!!

  23. Coach beck there has not been a blackout in Cleveland since they came back in 19999…so please check the facts before you speak….

  24. “Man just don’t understand some people? Cleveland has done nothing to you, yet all you do is look for an article about Cleveland so you can bash the team and it’s fan base over and over! Don’t get it. I’ll bet everything I got that if your team has been as bad as ours over the years, you would be rooting for a different one by know. You need to start worrying about other things. Like how many games your team can win in a row, then get blown out in the Superbowl.

    Just Sayin’…Go Brownies! Stay Classy!!”

    Coon – I reply the same all of the time on PFT, and event PBT as the Cavs hate is just as strong (especially with the gift of another #1).

    Typically, people who lash out in this way are deep-down incredibly insecure of their own status, be it a job, team loyalty, or personal issues.

    Everyone wants to hate on C-town. But how many have truly engaged the city, region and its fanbase, to discover what it has to offer? NONE.

    Knowledge is power. Cleveland is a fantastic city and NEO generally is a very cosmopolitan, affordable, foodie place where you can raise a family at a decent cost. The only truly bad thing is the weather if you hate winter and overcast skies.

  25. Smart move by Browns organization. They’ll get enough attention with Manziel on the team. Trust me, you’ll hear plenty about Johnny Football without them being Hard Knocks… whether you want to or not!

  26. <<>>

    While I agree they will be competitive I have to disagree about the prior stuff. I have had Season tickets for the last 6 years and that stadium is always at least 30% empty. They may sell them but people aren’t using them…

    I have come to believe that Cleveland is more of a Drinking town with a Football problem. Sundays are just another day to hang out with friends and throw one back.

    Cleveland Browns unofficial slogan – “Win or Lose, We still booze”

  27. Looking through these comments, there’s an amount of hate for the browns that borders on downright bizarre. I mean, here’s a team that has never played in a Super Bowl and hasn’t even made the playoffs since 2002… It seems no one thinks they can even put together a + .500 season, and therefore, they’re no threat to *your* team, so why so much hate— this year more than any other?

    Oh. Right. Got it. People are seeing that this was finally the offseason where nearly every move they made was the right one. They see the team being loaded with talent, good people who were hired as coaching and front office staff, smart decisions being made… and they realize that the “threat” of the Browns finishing somewhere other then the AFCN basement is not only a possibility, but a likelihood… and they hate that. they’re not used to that. It’s hard for fans of the Ravens (a splintered team on it’s way down) and the Steelers (the “old folks home” of football) to reconcile with this. And of course, Bengals fans talk as much or more trash, even though all they field is couch-surfing-during-the-playoffs squads, too. Except for when they get embarrassed in a wild card game.. then the couch is put off for another week or two.)

    Anyway, we Browns fans understand. For possibly the first time, you’re scared witless that they Browns will finish in first or second place in the AFCN, so go ahead and get the hate out now, before it takes on a very bitter taste 🙂

  28. Love ignorance….the Rams moved to Los Angeles because they knew they couldnt compete with Paul Browns new franchise being in the same market.

    Research is a good thing…try it sometime.

  29. I’d no more watch “Hard Knocks” than I would watch the Kardashians.

  30. Wait a second

    A good decision coming from the Browns FO? Did I step into some unseen bunny hole? Where is the blue pill?

  31. But Pettine said the Browns were first approached about it before the draft.
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    So was any other team that could possibly draft Manziel. The league doesn’t want the Browns. It wants Johhny.

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