Report: Steelers Now One Of Three Teams Being Considered For Hard Knocks

It won’t be long until we find out which team will be the subject matter this year of the HBO documentary “Hard Knocks”, but it appears as though the Pittsburgh Steelers are now another step closer to being selected.

According to Tomm Looney of Fox Sports Radio on Twitter, HBO and the NFL have now narrowed down the list of teams to three. Those three teams are the Steelers, New York Giants and Chicago Bears.

Back in March, Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin let it be known that he’s not a fan of his team being the subject matter of the training camp reality show in an interview with Bob Pompeani¬†of KDKA-TV.

“On a personal level, I’m not in favor of it,” said Tomlin. “That’s just me. I think that time of year in terms of team development, there are a lot of complex things going on as it is. There’s many layers to it and to add to it, is not conducive to what we go there to do, from my perspective.”

Tomlin didn’t stop there.

“It is a joke and just because it happens to be popular, doesn’t mean I have to participate,” he said.

The Steelers are eligible this year to be the subject matter because they don’t have a new head coach and because they failed to make the playoffs for two straight seasons.

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  • ApexSteel

    Finally. Oh my god yes.

  • Toddy Bravo

    This would be a total (bleeping) embarrassment. Just the thought of it makes me want to throw up all over myself.

  • Doug Sawyer

    I used to hate this idea…now I don’t really care…I wouldn’t mind getting a peek at what the coaching process looks like…more importantly how Haley conducts himself

  • Chad H

    A team should have the right to say no and tell the NFL where to go. I however wouldn’t mind seeing another side of my team I don’t get to see.

  • Biggie

    Useless distraction for any team, need to just make it go away. Noone wants it obviously or they wouldn’t be having to force it on a team. Just draw a name out of a hat for all 32 teams to make it fair. The team/coaches/FO need to make this as boring as possible so maybe they will stop it.

  • chris ward

    Tomlin & Colbert shakesfist. From a team standpoint this has to be really annoying for them. From a fan perspective it is interesting to see some of the inside things that go on during camp. Steelers make the playoffs this up coming year, they will not have worry about the possibility of being on Hard Knocks.

  • Maybe this divides Steelers fans as much as Kelvin Benjamin.

    I can’t see it being the Giants as that other NYC team was picked a few years ago. So it’s probably us or the Bears.

    Generally, I’m against it, just as Tomlin is. But it would be interesting, for sure, to get a good look into how our favourite team does its business, assuming of course that what you actually see on the show is real and not manufactured for the TV cameras. But, then, there’s so much romance around the Steelers. Do we really want to see them that intimately, and whatever ugliness there may be? I just don’t know.

  • scott2443

    can you imagine how the nfl network and espn trash talk steelers already…and if they get tape on the inside of the steelers goings on ….how bad they could spill there hate for the team ..just look at the comments from their reporters now ..and how much distraction there will be more so now that the teams getting younger and the players are not ready for that type of exposure …imagine it on twitter 24 hrs a day every day you know the players be tempted to say something….as much as i would like to see more on and about the steelers this would be giving a loaded gun to a killer and saying dont point it…i hope steelers have a right to refuse to do it because i for one dont want it to happen

  • CrazyTerry

    Not as bad an idea as expanded playoffs.

  • Iron Cadet

    Yeah but you’d watch it. We all would let’s be honest

  • Nolrog

    I have not seen more than 45 seconds of hard knocks since it’s been on, but I would watch for the Steelers. Would get some good insight into the team and the players.

  • PoKey21

    Even more incentive for Tomlin to make the playoffs next year, and if the Steelers do happen to be picked Tomlin can take it as cruel and unusual punishment for not leading the best franchise the NFL to the playoffs for consecutive years! lol

  • steeltown

    I don’t even know what channel it’s on… NFL network I assume… which I do not have. For me it’s simple, I don’t want the distraction for my Team

  • Iron Cadet

    It’s on hbo

  • steeltown

    Ah damn well I definitely wouldnt be able to watch. I miss having HBO actually, they produce some quality programs