No NFL coach or GM would ever choose to be on HBO’s NFL training camp documentary series Hard Knocks, but every year one team gets forced into it. This year it’s the Browns and rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield’s turn in front of the cameras as they attempt to recover from an 0-16 2017, and 20 years of dysfunction since returning to Cleveland in 1999.
Colin thinks Mayfield’s outspoken personality and brash bravado, combined with the Browns dumpster fire reputation make them exactly what a reality show like Hard Knocks is looking for. He believes that if the Browns would have picked the more boring and reserved Sam Darnold they would have been passed up because it just wouldn’t make good TV.
“Reality shows seek dysfunction and time bombs. This is just another ancillary issue with Baker Mayfield.”
The biggest problem for the Browns, other than actual football, is that nearly all of the teams that have been featured on the show in recent years have followed up with awful seasons. There aren’t many examples of a reality show making any relationship better, and it’s hard to see how this won’t be a bad start for the Baker Mayfield era in Cleveland.
— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) May 17, 2018