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Dirk Koetter admits he would rather not be on ‘Hard Knocks’

There probably isn’t an NFL coach that actively wants his team to be on “Hard Knocks,” and Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Dirk Koetter is no exception.

In a Wednesday press conference, Koetter admitted that, while a fan of the show, he would rather not be the subject of it.

“I like watching the show. I wish I wasn’t on it,” Koetter said, via Scott Reynolds of Pewter Report.

Koetter, who was part of “Hard Knocks” in 2014 as the offensive coordinator of the featured Atlanta Falcons, did downplay how big a distraction the show is during camp.

“Yeah, I don’t buy that,” Koetter said of that narrative, via Scott Smith of the team’s official website. “Again, we all have a job to do. The players have a job to do, the coaches have a job to do and this is a no-nonsense business. The NFL, there are bright lights. It’s just part of the deal, and I think we’ll be fine. There’s going to be some stuff – it’s a TV show. The real TV shows are on Sunday in the fall; those are the ones I’m worried about.

“My main memory is how professional the crew was. They actually make it so easy to get in and out [when] you’re mic’d up, taking the mic on and off, the meeting rooms. Again, they’re pros. It’s a seamless process.”

“Hard Knocks” is popular among fans, but not necessarily among coaches. Koetter is as diplomatic as he can be here without saying he downright hates the thing.

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