I guess it’s time to weigh in on the possibility of the Green Bay Packers being the centerpiece of the HBO series “Hard Knocks.” Considering that the Sporting News raised the Packers up as one of the teams that may consider allowing the cameras from the program into camp (if there is a camp) it’s now a viable question for Packers management to answer.
While several teams have already turned down offers to be the focus of the program, at this point, I can’t imagine that the Packers brass would be interested.
As one of the league’s youngest teams, I can’t imagine that Mike McCarthy or Ted Thompson would allow their prize players to be subject to national or international embarrassment.
As league champion, the Packers certainly don’t need the exposure or the revenue at this point. The distraction of such a program wouldn’t be worth it.
The beauty of playing in Green Bay has always been its allure for being out of the limelight and the opportunity for players to focus solely on football.
Having cameras sticking in everyone’s faces each and every day of training camp would be a bit much. This team needs to focus on starting over, on rebuilding what they had last year and getting down to the business of adding another Vince Lombardi Trophy to the case.
Yes, the thrill of being able to watch Aaron Rodgers work through progressions and learn new twists to the offense would be a blast.
Watching Charles Woodson and Clay Matthews work their tails off in developing new blitzes and pass coverages would be awesome.
But the overall distractions to the team would be devastating.
The Packers, if offered to do the show should make the answer easy and simple: No!
Let a team like the Vikings take the honors. They already have enough distractions with their chase of a new stadium … Adding one more distraction will be just enough to completely throw them off their game.
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