Browns Turn Down Chance to Appear on HBO’s “Hard Knocks”

First-year Browns coach Mike Pettine didn't rule out a future "Hard Knocks" appearance by his team. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
First-year Browns coach Mike Pettine didn’t rule out a future “Hard Knocks” appearance by his team. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

The NFL will find someone to do “Hard Knocks” in 2014 (after all, they can compel certain teams) but it won’t be the Browns.

According to Mike Pettine, Cleveland turned down the chance to appear on HBO’s hit NFL reality series by utilizing his status as a first-year head coach.

“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.”

Pettine, who was with the Jets when they were on “Hard Knocks” in 2010 under Rex Ryan, said the Browns were approached about doing the show before the team drafted Johnny Manziel (and therefore, in advance of Josh Gordon reportedly facing a suspension).

“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.”

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