Browns to pass on HBO's Hard Knocks

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The Browns won't be appearing in primetime this season. (Nick Cammett/Diamond Images/Getty Images)

Cleveland Browns to pass on HBO's Hard Knocks 2014

It appears we were this close to seeing Johnny Manziel in primetime television. But alas, it wasn't meant to be, as the Cleveland Browns have declined an opportunity to participate on the popular HBO sports documentary series, Hard Knocks.

HBO reportedly asked the Browns if they were interested in filming prior to their selection of Manziel in the 2014 NFL draft, so the request wasn't all about the new Cleveland quarterback, though it's possible the network might have been attempting to launch a preemptive strike given how many believed Manziel would end up with the Browns.

Regardless, their efforts were denied by head coach Mike Pettine.

"It was for the same reason we didn't feel super comfortable having a camera in the draft room," Pettine said of the team's reasoning, per Tom Reed of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. "Let's get through the first time, let's get through the first year."

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Pettine, who was a member of the New York Jets when they participated on the show during their 2010 training camp, wasn't opposed to the idea completely, suggesting it might be something the franchise does in the future.

"There are positives and negatives to doing it," said Pettine. "It's not something I would say we'd never do, partly because the league can make us do it."