Report: Thanks To Teams Volunteering, Steelers Might Not Be Forced To Hard Knocks

While we will likely have to wait a few more weeks for the official word on which team will be the subject matter this year on the HBO training camp documentary “Hard Knocks”, a Wednesday report would lead you to believe that the Pittsburgh Steelers won’t be that team.

According to Bart Hubbuch of the New York Post, a handful of teams have volunteered for the show.

Like the Steelers, the New York Giants could be forced to do Hard Knocks this year due to the fact that they have missed the playoffs two years in a row and don’t have a new head coach. Hubbuch, however, goes as far as to say that the Giants will not be chosen this year thanks to other teams volunteering.

Based on the comments made about Hard Knocks over the course of the offseason by Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert and head coach Mike Tomlin, it’s a pretty good bet that neither of them volunteered the team to be the subject matter this year.

According to Deadspin, an NFL spokesperson told them via email only that the league is “still in discussions with a number of teams.”

Being as Hubbuch is confidently ruling out the Giants based on other teams volunteering, you would think the same would apply for the Steelers. We should know for sure in about five weeks or so.

  • steeltown

    I will be overjoyed if this report is true

  • Biggie

    All we need is for one team to volunteer and do this crap so we don’t have too, then they need to just scrap it the same way they need to scrap the May draft and extending it to 4 days.

  • Addison

    So much for the Ike Taylor show. It’s bitter/sweet for me. I think HBO does a great Job with the show.

  • Douglas Andrews

    Great news

  • Matt Manzo

    Damn it! I got free HBO this year! I know the staff hates it but as a fan I would love to peak behind the curtain! I really love the chance to see the rookies up close!

  • steelster

    Considering that I live on the west coast and never see them in training camp. I would love to see the steelers on hard knocks. Why would a fan not want this ?

  • PA2AK

    because they want to see the Steelers get back to the Steeler way of no nonsense winning football.

  • steelster

    Yes but the game is about entertaining the fans. No reason the coaches shouldn’t be able to handle the spotlight, that is part of their job.

  • PA2AK

    lol, yes, and I get what you are saying…but focusing on the real goals, tackling, scoring tds, and winning are bigger parts of their jobs. I’d rather limit the distractions. Instead of ‘should be able to’…i go for ‘one less hurdle for another ring’.

  • Farnsworth

    Clark did so well last year getting ready for his close ups. Don’t want anyone getting the same idea. Football. Eat, breath, and sleep football. No tv crap.

  • Aric Brown

    Im all for it… I’d love an inside look at what goes on in camp.. we have a lit of unanswered questjons about lockerroom leaders that hard knocks would help answer

  • steelster

    Why not try it for one year. Show fans the right way to run things. Think of all the positives for young fans to see players and help steeler nation grow. Looking at it from an open minded approach.

  • scott2443

    dont even know why its called hard knocks….nfl is against hard hitting as i recall

  • PoKey21

    I dunno I have been against the Steelers doing it because I like most would like them to focus on tackling, conditioning, and learning but with the way the new cba is they won’t be doing much of that in the offseason anyway anymore.