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The Cleveland Browns are considered the front-runner to be featured on the 2015 season of the HBO series Hard Knocks.
The popular show, which annually features one NFL team during training camp and goes inside the locker rooms to meet with players, coaches, executives and gives an in-depth look at what happens during practices and exhibition games, can be assigned to a team if none of them willingly choose to do the show.
According to Vic Carruci, the Browns – who have been the subject of numerous controversies with its star players, namely QB Johnny Manziel (now in rehab for alcohol use) and former All-Pro WR Josh Gordon (suspended for the 2015 season for marijuana use) – are the leading candidate to be assigned to do the show, regardless of any objections they may have.
Hearing the #Browns are front-runners for next featured team on HBO Hard Knocks series.
— Vic Carucci (@viccarucci) March 23, 2015
The Browns are coming off a 7-9 season, but parted ways with the QB that got them those seven wins – Brian Hoyer – and replaced him with former Tampa Bay Buccaneers starting QB Josh McCown. Along with numerous acquisitions in free agency such as WR Dwayne Bowe, CB Tramon Williams and WR Brian Hartline, the Browns may have one of the more intriguing collections of players available to be featured on the popular show.
It wouldn’t be head coach Mike Pettine’s first time on the show either. He was a prominent member of Rex Ryan’s coaching staff with the New York Jets in the 2010 edition of the show.