Kirwan: ‘Hard Knocks’ is competitive disadvantage

It seems every team these days is uninterested in appearing on HBO’s “Hard Knocks.” After the show made Jets coach Rex Ryan such a big celebrity last summer, why exactly is that? It’s a question Pat Kirwan was asked Wednesday during his NFL.com chat.

Kirwan actually had asked his buddy, former Steelers coach Bill Cowher, the very same question.

“He turned down ‘Hard Knocks’ multiple times,” Kirwan said of Cowher. “I believe, as does Bill, there is a sensitivity between player and coach that isn’t for public consumption. The fan might find it interesting watching a player get cut. But I don’t find it fair to the player.”

Kirwan also noted there’s perhaps a competitive disadvantage for teams being on “Hard Knocks.”

“I also think other teams can learn too much about you on the show,” Kirwan said. “Example: New England watched and learned a lot more about Danny Woodhead than they would have known without the show.”

When the Jets didn’t have room for Woodhead on their roster at the start of the 2010 season, the Patriots signed the versatile running back, who became a major contributor on their division-winning team.

Still, if Kirwan could choose a team to follow this summer, his choice is the Packers.

“I would have loved a repeat of the Jets. I don’t think anyone will be as entertaining as Rex Ryan and his crew,” he said. “My second choice would be the world champion Packers — just to have camera crews around Titletown studying the best team in the NFL. That would be very interesting.”

For the entire Kirwan chat, click here.

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