Bruce Arians does not like HBO's "Hard Knocks." Don't believe me? Back in October of 2013, Arians was asked on SiriusXM NFL radio if he would be interested in the show be filmed during their training camp. His response was,
I think it's a total distraction and I think it's an embarrassment to the players.
Granted there had been an owner's rule change that stated if no organization volunteered then one with the following criteria could force a team to participate, unless they had one of the following:
- A new head coach
- Reached the playoffs in one of the previous two seasons
- Appeared on "Hard Knocks" within the previous 10 years
I think it's a total distraction to what you're trying to accomplish because everything about 'Hard Knocks' is getting on television and being an individual. And it's a team game...I don't watch reality TV. It does nothing for me so I don't really want to be on reality TV. I would have to change totally how I coach. It would not be acceptable to a lot of people, and I've been down that road with some people.
I think that when players are released that some of the things that are said between coaches and players are too personal and nobody else's business.