Ever since Pete Carroll took over the team, HBO has tried their damnedest to pursued the team to let their camera crews inside the VMAC for an intimate peek at what makes the Seahawks tick. With every season comes the same answer-- no thanks.
Hard Knocks is a show like no other, giving fans the unique opportunity to see what goes on behind the closed doors of practices and meetings. It doesn't matter which team signs on, it is almost always compelling if you call yourself a fan of the game.
The past few seasons, it appears as though HBO has found it increasingly a more difficult to find a team willing to forfeit their privacy in exchange for some excellent PR and increased celebrity. As of right now, there isn't a team signed up for this season and it went down to the wire last year before the Miami Dolphins eventually agreed.
It's no mystery why teams wouldn't want the world to have an all-access pass to the inner workings of their organization. While offering a tremendous service to fans like myself, curious how practices are ran and how meetings are conducted, it definitely puts the team under the microscope at a competitive disadvantage. Argue that point if you want, but until the Packers or Patriots agreed to be featured on the program, I'll rest my case.
The question is not "wouldn't it be great to have the Seahawks on Hard Knocks?"-- of course it would!
I would love to watch Russell Wilson come of age, listen to Sherm trash talk his teammates in drills and get an up close look to see how Pete and John work together to make the counter conventional decisions that have parlayed this team into a Super Bowl contender.
Alas, in the Championship starved city of Seattle, I don't want to invite any unnecessary distractions that could compromise the season that might well be the most anticipated in Seattle sports history.
Like John and Pete, I'd prefer to err on the side of caution. Mr. Allen deserves some praise from the fans-- ultimately, it's his decision to make. This organization, top to bottom, is only focused on winning.
In closing, I would like to make one suggestion to the powers that be at HBO-- why not strike a deal with the NFL to profile EVERY team in the league? Not only would fans be frothing at the mouth for this, no one is at a disadvantage by opening themselves up for the world to see.
This seems to me like the next logical step to make the NFL a year round, global enterprise. Make it happen, Rodger.
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