Report: Browns to be this year’s Hard Knocks team

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No team has undergone a more aggressive makeover this offseason than the Browns.

So they ought to make good television.

According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, the Browns will be the subject of this year’s Hard Knocks on HBO.

While no team really wants to let the NFL Films all-access crews into their lives, not every team has the choice. The Browns were one of six teams which could have been forced to do the show, along with the Ravens, Broncos, Chargers, 49ers, and Washington.

But only one of those teams has the No. 1 overall pick in this year’s draft, quarterback in Baker Mayfield.

With Mayfield’s well-documented swagger and the general curiosity about their latest effort at a clean slate, the Browns seem the obvious choice.

66 responses to “Report: Browns to be this year’s Hard Knocks team

  1. Notice how the Redskins have never done this show? We’re a serious franchise who is about winning on and off the field. Not your clown show. You hate us because you aren’t us.

  2. Hmm, the Hard Knocks Curse has its work cut out for itself. How can you make a team go backwards and not live up to expectations coming off 0-16?

  3. I say this every time, make the Super Bowl winner the covered team for Hard Knocks. It’d make max interest in the show and NOT hamstring and already bad team with a possible distraction. Seems weird they approach it as a punishment. The super bowl winner already sets a lot of givens once they win. Draft order being one of them. I just think though people would love to get a look into the best team in the league.

  4. All jokes aside, this team is going in the right direction and it isn’t far-fetched seeing them as front-runners in the division once Big Ben’s time is up and he’s done giving advice to Rudolph.

  5. Why would the NFL do this to the Browns now? The team is trying mightily to dig itself out of a very large hole, but the NFL decides that it would be a good idea to subject the Browns to intense media scrutiny for the entire preseason. This isn’t gonna help Cleveland one bit. It’s almost like the NFL wants to make a bad situation even worse. If I were the Browns, I’d be really, really angry with the NFL office.

  6. That’s all Hue needs is MORE camera time and more distractions… if the Browns don’t win at least 6 games this season Hue should be on the BBQ as in well done !!!

  7. Good. Almost half of the Hard Knocks teams make the playoffs that year.

    100% have better records 5-11 or better. Browns haven’t had a W-L better-than 5-11 since Hoyer the Destroyer.

  8. This fan of the World Champion Philadelphia Eagles would love to have seen Washington on “Hard Knocks”
    That flailing organization would make for riveting entertainment.

  9. Like it’s already hard enough knocking the Browns, publicity airing their training camp will just keep the hard knocks coming! I’m all for it, especially with “experts” picking the Crows to be looking up at the Browns in the standings? Um, no…

  10. Now we have the Streaming Studio of Sadness to help us feel the pain of our long-suffering but wonderfully loyal Cleveland fans and friends.

  11. I could’ve sworn that the Browns had been the Hard Knocks team recently. I was surprised to discover that they had never been the subject of the show at all, let alone recently.

    Memory is a funny thing.

    I suppose it doesn’t help that I have never watched this show before.

  12. Still think the Browns should’ve taken Barkley #1 and waited for Mayfield or a different QB at #4. There really wasn’t much difference in the top QB’s this year.

  13. Should be interesting. I for one think the arrows are pointing up for the Browns. They have alot of talent on that team and I feel they can win some games this year. On paper, their offense should be scary
    Think about it
    They have a new offensive coordinator in Todd Haley who spent his last few years in Pittsburgh
    They have a pretty good offensive line
    They have a new young QB drafted #1 overall in Baker Mayfield who teams dont have tape on under the browns to game plan for
    They have a young stud TE in David Njoku who they took last year in the first
    They have Josh Gordon, Corey Coleman and Jarvis Landry playing the reciever spots. Maybe the scariest receiving Corp in the NFL
    And they have a new RB they drafted in the second round this year in Nick Chubb
    That’s one mean looking offense

  14. Focus on the performing bear, Hue. Let our coordinators do the real work under the radar.

  15. Come on – just let the Browns work on getting better. They are in the best state they’ve been in for ages, don’t mess it up by sticking a camera into the middle of every part of the process.

  16. baldbuc says:

    May 17, 2018 at 9:59 am

    Hmm, the Hard Knocks Curse has its work cut out for itself. How can you make a team go backwards and not live up to expectations coming off 0-16?
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    They’ll show up on their bye week and lose and go 0-17

  17. @v2787 says:
    May 17, 2018 at 10:21 am
    Why would the NFL do this to the Browns now? The team is trying mightily to dig itself out of a very large hole, but the NFL decides that it would be a good idea to subject the Browns to intense media scrutiny for the entire preseason. This isn’t gonna help Cleveland one bit. It’s almost like the NFL wants to make a bad situation even worse. If I were the Browns, I’d be really, really angry with the NFL office.
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    Money. Ratings.

  18. Now the egomaniac lebron will show up pretending to be a browns fan because his ego can’t stand another team in town getting more attention than him. Maybe he will do another announcement on national TV announcing he is leaving again to take the attention away from the browns. Same as him showing up to the world series 2 years ago bandwagoning the Indians just to be in tv and be the center of attention like usual. How many Indians games has be been to since then?

  19. logicalvoicesays says:

    Notice how the Redskins have never done this show? We’re a serious franchise who is about winning on and off the field. Not your clown show. You hate us because you aren’t us.
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    Since the last year the Redskins were relevant, the Cowboys have won 3 Super Bowls, the Giants have won 2 and the Eagles have won 1 (their only one of course).

  20. So why don’t the New York Giants ever get asked to appear on Hard Knocks? Because owner, John Mara doesn’t want it and Goodell’s job is to please his biggest backer. Different teams are treated differently.

  21. DolFan says:
    May 17, 2018 at 10:01 am

    ridiculous that playoff teams are except. They should be the ones that can be force in.
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    That’s where your mindset is all backwards. Let’s REWARD SUCCESS and punish failure so that we get more success and less failure. Why don’t you take your thinking to Venezuela (or Canada of late)

  22. logicalvoicesays says:

    May 17, 2018 at 9:51 am

    Notice how the Redskins have never done this show? We’re a serious franchise who is about winning on and off the field. Not your clown show. You hate us because you aren’t us.
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    If the Redskins were too good for the show they wouldn’t have been eligible for it in the first place.

    Furthermore, the fact that you, as a Redskins fan, feel justified referring to anything as clown show with no sense of irony is laughable. The whole franchise is a clown show with Dan Snyder in charge.

  23. Should’ve been Niners or Ravens…but the NFL did them a solid. Browns could’ve avoided this, and the inevitable underachieving, had they fired Hue as they should have.

  24. Remember how just a season or two or more ago, the Jacksonville Jaguars were The Laughingstock of the NFL — well, now it’s time to watch the Cleveland Browns rise from the abyss. CAN’T WAIT to see HC Hue Jackson (who did wonders for Andy Dalton/Bengals QB) coach up both T-rod (Tyrod Taylor) and m’boy Baker Mayfield. With the additions of Landry/WR, Chubb/RB, Ward/CB and existing players like Njoku/TE, Garrett/DL and Gordon/WR, the Browns are now “loaded” on O and on D and are sure to win 7 games, minimum.

    Without Andrew Luck, the Indy Colts are next-in-line for a sojourn into The Abyss.

  25. I think that show is the dumbest idea on earth and I won’t spend five seconds watching it. I respect the privacy of a team that’s trying to get prepared for a season. Why would you pick out a team and punish them? I don’t think real football fans give a hoot about this stuff.

  26. The Cleveland Browns have a won-lost record of 1-31 over the last two seasons and could easily lose all sixteen games this coming season. The last thing this team needs is a bunch of camera crews and journalists all over their camp trying to stoke controversy to generate cheap news material.

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