CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Browns coach Hue Jackson and general John Dorsey both admitted that they weren't really ready for their Hard Knocks closeups. But now that it's here, they're both on board.
"I've been a part of Hard Knocks and when you experience it first hand, you come to appreciate the inside look it really gives fans," Jackson, who experienced Hard Knocks as running backs coach with the Bengals in 2013, said in a release. "We're excited about what we're building within our organization and feel good about the progress we've made this offseason.
"Being able to bring our fans in so they can get to know our players and our organization in a different way will be a huge positive for us. I want people to see how much our players and coaches care, how hard they work and how badly they want to win for Cleveland. This will be a great opportunity for our team."
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Last January, Jackson said he wanted no part of the popular HBO and NFL Films docu-series, which takes fans behind the scenes in training camp, including meetings with players getting cut.
Dorsey, in his first season as Browns' GM, chimed in last month on Browns radio partner ESPN Cleveland, saying he doesn't think "anything good" comes from appearing on the show. He softened that in the same interview, saying if it happens, "I'm OK with it."
"Like many, I was reluctant about being the featured team on Hard Knocks but once we sat down and talked about it as an organization, I feel a lot better and understand why the time is right," general manager John Dorsey said in the release. "Hue and I both feel like this team is in a good place and that we're in the process of building something that will lead to success.
"Being a part of Hard Knocks will give our fans the opportunity to see how passionate the people in our building are about winning and how excited we are about getting to work and preparing for the 2018 season."