Rumor Mill: Arizona Cardinals Have More Hard Knocks Ahead?

Steven SmithCorrespondent IMarch 27, 2009

TAMPA, FL - FEBRUARY 01:  Running back Tim Hightower #34 of the Arizona Cardinals runs with the ball against the Pittsburgh Steelers during Super Bowl XLIII on February 1, 2009 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. Steelers won 27-23. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

I’m not one to pay much attention to rumors.

Usually, I’ll brush them off until more conclusive information can be found. This particular rumor was too interesting, and bothersome, for me to not comment on.

There has been a small buzz about the Cardinals possibly being the next team to be documented in the HBO series Hard Knocks.

If you’re not in the know, or don’t have cable, Hard Knocks is a show that chronicles one team through their trails in training camp.

You get to see all the decisions, collisions, squabbles, pranks, cuts, camp injuries and just about everything else that is involved in a typical training camp. It is one of the best inside looks, or reality shows, about football.

The Cardinals should stay as far away as they can from it.

The Cardinals have just started to spread their wings and fly out of that historic hole of disappointment and failure to gain respect from the casual and die-hard fan.

Now they want to go Hollywood?

I’m not against the show. I’m against the results that come after being on the show.

Of the four times Hard Knocks has been in production, only one team has gained a playoff berth. Only the Dallas Cowboys, in 2001, have gone to the playoffs.

The Cards already have the “Super Bowl Loser” trend to overcome, having a Madden-like cable television curse would be even more of a hindrance...if you believe in that stuff.

The main point is that the term “any publicity is good publicity” does not apply to football. The more time the team has to focus on itself in practice, meetings and workouts, the better it is for the team.

Coaches don’t go through all the trouble to downplay or hide things from the media for nothing. They do it so as to not disrupt the sensitive chemistry that they work so hard to develop.

Having 30 cameras following your every step is not how you build chemistry. However, it is how you find yourself back at the bottom of the NFC West.

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