Should The Steelers Ever Consider Being On Hard Knocks?

It was announced on Sunday that the Cincinnati Bengals will again be featured on the HBO series Hard Knocks which means that we can likely expect to see former Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison get some face time as the cameras follow his new team from the start of training camp up until the final cut down day. That should make for some interesting segments for sure.

I have always enjoyed the mini series, but at the same time am glad that the Steelers have decided not to ever partake in it as I think it would serve as an unneeded distraction.

My thoughts aside, where do you weigh in on this topic? Do you think the process would serve as a distraction? Do you hope that one day the Steelers will decide to be the focus of the series?

Share your thoughts in the comments below and cast your vote in the attached poll.

  • SteelersDepot

    I must have broke their poll page. Should be back up soon.

  • CW

    I hope the Steelers never even consider the idea of appearing on Hard Knocks.

  • steeltown


  • steeltown

    I watch Football for the game, the competitive, physical and hard nosed game that we all love. I DO NOT watch Football for reality based tv behind the scenes bs from overpaid players and coaches…. No Thanks

  • steeltown

    Agreed… and I don’t believe they ever would

  • Jefferson_St_Joe

    Unless there was some sort of league mandate, the Steelers would never do Hard Knocks and they never should.

    Personally, I would love to be a fly on the wall in the meetings between the personnel dept., the Rooneys, and the coaching staff, but my personal curiosity is not worth giving up any competitive advantage.

  • dgh57

    Well Dave, if you say it might be a distraction for the team, then more power to the Bengals! Let it be a distraction to them!!

  • 2443scott

    as much as i love the steelers and would like to see any thing about them i wouldnt want them doing it ….1. they dont need the distractions 2. it only make some feel they got to adlib to it ..3. it only cause trouble in the locker room .4 . it give the media reason to distract the steelers and hound them all season .5.the show isnt about football its about causeing controversy…..6.if they want real hard knocks turn on mics during the game and get rid the tv announcers let people at home hear what fans at the stadiums hear on field now that i could vote yes too..

  • dolphisgod

    When this series first came out I was totally against it, but after watching the Pens on 24/7 I’m all for it. I would love to hear the real conversations between Tomlin, Colert, Haley and Dick.

  • hergieburbur

    Nothing good ever comes to the team that does it, so no.

  • cencalsteeler

    I actually wouldn’t mind it, if it was somehow only viewable to Steelers fans.

  • Shea Fahr


  • Jason White

    Pretty simple answer on this one………………..NO.

  • Shea Fahr


  • JohnnyV1

    We don’t have cheerleaders, we don’t have logos on both sides of our helmet, our owners let football people manage the team and we don’t do Hard Knocks.

  • Jazz

    I agree 100%! This is not who the Steelers are, no need to ever change.

  • Gautama Om

    You should know better than to propose this question Dave.

  • Aric Brown

    I for one am 100% for it… cmon now… I know all of you would love a closer look into what goes on “behind closed doors” I know I’d watch every episode and I know most of you would too…. hell might even buy it if it came on DVD

  • dgh57

    We don’t want the distractions that would come with this! We want the players focusing 100% of their time, efforts, and thoughts on getting ready for the season!!! Let the Bengals have the distractions it will work out in our favor that way in the end!

  • colingrant

    Add “Hell no” as one of your answers to the poll Dave. Then I’ll click that one.

  • Christopher Wilkes

    Are you kidding me? Of course I’d want to see them. Any chance to see even more Steelers coverage would be ok with me. It would never happen, because that’s not the way the ‘Steelers do business’, blah, blah, blah… I think it would be awesome tho, and I’d watch every second of it. Don’t be kidding yourself either, cause anyone on here that says they wouldn’t watch it or didn’t care is a drama queen lying through their teeth.

  • dgh57

    As you can see there are plenty of NO VOTES(for various reasons) on this post, including my own! Now would any of us watch it if it was made? While I can’t speak for everyone, myself I would watch it simply because the series was being made anyways, and so I might as well watch it because it’s about my/our team, but that doesn’t mean I/others want it made!

  • Christopher Wilkes

    You’d watch it, and you’d love it… But, you don’t want it made? That’s like smoking a joint, but then saying marijuana shouldn’t be legal.

  • hergieburbur

    Wouldn’t watch it if it was on, don’t think they should do it, not a drama queen.

  • Rob

    That nails it. Would love to see the games broad cast by each teams announcers with the choice being taken care of by the fans watching. It should be lots cheaper than paying those talking empty heads they have on the air now and be lots better viewing.

  • Christopher Wilkes

    Good for you, but I don’t believe you for a second. You’re definitely a drama queen 😀

  • dgh57

    Someone like you in wanting the players to be prepared for the season and focused but wouldn’t mind things that would distract them and to get in their way so they can satisfy there own desire, fits you perfectly!!!! So don’t use the smoking pot thing with me!!!!

    I see I MUST spell it out to you(some people are that way: HARD HEADED) even after you’ve already read all the other negative posts!!!! We don’t want the players to pander to the media, it’s producers, directors, cameras and whatever else because it takes the players focus away from what they are there for!! Every second spent pandering to this show is a second taking away from learning the playbook, technique, assignments, and etc, etc.!! Damn, writing this changed my mind: I don’t think I would watch it now!!!!

    Let the Bengals have the distraction!!!! After all they are a division opponent!! Hell, let the Ravens do it next year!! It will be to our benefit in the end!

  • Gautama Om

    Of course I’d watch it since “it is what it is” being already decided (i.e. it’s out of my control). But no way in hell I’d want it for the Steelers if I was the decision maker. It would be too much of a distraction for the Steelers. You would definitely not what I’d call a Steelers fan because you definitely don’t understand them nor do you agree with their MO (i.e. most likely a bandwagonner during our last 2 SB wins)

  • Christopher Wilkes

    Great assumption, doofus.

  • Christopher Wilkes

    I’m joking with you Mr. exclamation mark. I get that you’re hard headed. That’s too bad, and it must affect many aspects of life for “someone like you”. It’s really not such a bad thing to be open to change and new things. After all the world evolves. If a few cameras in the meeting and locker rooms seriously distract professional athletes than I can’t imagine what a game day crowd yelling obscenities at them does. The NFL is already a media circus, so distractions are many. If you’re truly focused at what you’re doing than a few cameras shouldn’t bother you a bit. Only a weak team wouldn’t be able to handle the extra media attention. Personally, I think the Steelers have enough veteran influence to handle it. I guess “someone like you” doesn’t.

  • dgh57

    I said you were the HARD HEADED one and if you weren’t so HARD HEADED I wouldn’t have to use so many exclamation marks now would I?

    I’m talking about the EXTRA media presence these documentaries, shows or whatever you want to call them would bring to training camp! Directors, cameramen and etc everywhere taking players out of practice, meetings and away from their coaches to do this or that. Regular media can’t be avoided but even it has been cut back as via a post put up by Dave said earlier.

    No votes GREATLY outnumber you and your yes votes in case you haven’t noticed!!! 70% to 26% at this time!

  • Christopher Wilkes

    Why would I care if I’m greatly out numbered? Just because I’m in the minority doesnt mean I need to change my opinion. I realize the Steelers would never let this happen, but I still think it would be cool to see inside the organization. Anways, calm down with your caps lock and exclamations.

  • SteelersDepot

    knock it off

  • Christopher Wilkes

    Knock what off? Calling him a doofus after he called me a bandwagonner?

  • hergieburbur