The Cleveland Browns have robbed us of something incredible. The team have refused the right to appear on HBO show 'Hard Knocks', thus taking away the chance we had to watch Johnny Manziel try and adjust to the big, bad world of the NFL.
Browns head coach Mike Pettine revealed to the Cleveland Plain Dealer that as he is a first year coach on the team, he has the right to refuse the television show into his training facilities, and has exercised that option.
“It was for the same reason we didn’t feel super comfortable having a camera in the draft room,” Pettine said. “Let’s get through the first time, let’s get through the first year.”
Teams can refuse HBO if they’ve appeared on 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 actually had experience of being on 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.”
And thus goes the chance to see what Johnny Football gets up to. Let's just wait and see if Pettine and the Browns get approached again next year. Fingers crossed.