Steelers On Hard Knocks? It’s Possible If They Fail To Make The Playoffs

Should the Pittsburgh Steelers not make the playoffs this season, they could wind up on Hard Knocks next year if another team doesn’t volunteer for the HBO documentary.

NFL owners passed a resolution Tuesday during their fall meeting in Washington that would give the league the authority to pick a team to be on the show if they are in need of one.

The resolution, however, provides exemptions for teams that appeared on the show in the last 10 years, reached the playoffs once within the previous two years, or have a new coach.

During training camp, Steelers General Manager Kevin Colbert made it known that he wasn’t necessarily a fan of having his team under the microscope of Hard Knocks.

“There are things that are still protected as far as I’m concerned, “said Colbert in an interview on DVE Radio. “The conversations when a player gets cut, it makes for good TV, but I don’t like because it’s embarrassing.

“First of all, you’re going to be a little guarded when you do it if you try to do it for TV, so it’s really not the real situation, it will be a little protected. So I can see the value of it, I know the fans would like it, but just as an administrator, I’d still be a little protected about some of it.”

The league and HBO would love to have the Steelers as the subject matter because they know they would be good for ratings, so we’ll have to wait and see if this winds up coming to fruition. I have a funny feeling that it won’t.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    I sure hope not.

  • Luke Shabro

    It really can’t hurt I think. Teams that have been on there short of the ’03 Cowboys historically have done at least decent. The Dolphins weren’t a playoff team last year but they were better than people expected. We’ll have a young squad next year and I don’t think anyone will be surprised if we have a new O coordinator, possibly a new D coordinator and maybe a new position coach or two.

  • MP34

    This is another stupid thing the NFL is forcing on everyone. I don’t want the Steelers on Hard Knocks, and respect them for treating their camps like business. Save this stuff for the teams like Jacksonville who need to stimulate a fanbase or glory hounds like Dallas. The last thing the Steelers need coming off a potentially difficult season is a huge televised distraction.

  • Bell Cow

    Do they choose at random from a pool of eligible teams? Or does the Commissioner and HBO select the team of their choice?

  • Ahmad

    While it would be nice to get the inside scoop of my favorite teams, it’s embarrassing for the players so I don’t want to get enjoyment at their expense.

  • Dr. Doom

    Thank goodness, I don’t have cable.

  • Dr. Doom

    What kind of inside information will you really get? Can’t imagine it will be much, don’t want to lose the competitive edge.

  • Johnny Loose

    I’ll admit, if Pittsburgh got picked I’d be excited about watching. But seriously I don’t want this for our team. I think Rooney has enough pull at the league office to keep this from happening.

  • joed32

    I’m with you, I hope they don’t get put on it but if they do I would certainly watch it.

  • Steeler Wheeler

    A silver lining…more Steelers coverage! Wait a minute, I don’t get HBO.