From one perspective, that may have been made worse.
Owners approved a measure Tuesday that would allow the league to choose the focus of HBO's award-winning series Hard Knocks, with a few exceptions:
- Teams with new coaches (assuming it means new head coaches)
- Those that reached the playoffs in one of the previous two seasons
- Those that appeared on "Hard Knocks" within the preceding 10 years.
The Steelers missed the playoffs in 2012, and assuming they are committed to head coach Mike Tomlin, a second straight season without January football would put them in the show's crosshairs - something that fits the traditional franchise as naturally as Warren Sapp promoting weight loss.
It's almost like a natural way to ensure teams don't tank the season for draft picks. Making the playoffs ensures you a two-year break from being featured in the yearly circus of cameras and added opportunity for players to look like jackasses in front of a captivated audience.
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