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Wednesday, March 17, 2010
'Hard Knocks' would pressurize Texans

By Paul Kuharsky
ESPN.com

John McClain reports the Texans are lobbying to be the team HBO tracks in the preseason for "Hard Knocks."

It’s a surprising revelation as the Texans turned down a foray in the past and are a low-key club that seems unlikely to want to risk the possible repercussions of exposing a month of their lives.

The show is excellent and compelling television, and it would certainly create storylines and broaden national interest in a team that’s in a playoffs-or-bust sort of season.

It would do wonders for livewires like DeMeco Ryans, Eric Winston and David Anderson, but could also serve to dent more milquetoast types -- and the Texans have a couple prominent guys who might qualify for that description.

There is a risk of putting something on TV that chafes people on your schedule with such intimate exposure.

But perhaps the “pressure” of knowing the tape of camp isn’t only going to be viewed by coaches but by the country would have a sort of finishing effect on the team.

That idea sends me to a quotation I’ve had on my desk since stumbling across it in college that could be appropriate for the Texans if, in fact, they wind up on "Hard Knocks" and face that stress.
"To be under pressure is inescapable. Pressure takes place through all the world: war, siege, the worries of state. We all know men who grumble under these pressures and complain. They are cowards. They lack splendor. But there is another sort of man who is under the same pressure but does not complain. For it is the friction which polishes him. It is the pressure which refines and makes him noble." -- St Augustine.

I know it’s a bit longer than the sort of lines coaches like to feed players. But Gary Kubiak can feel free to use it if he likes. The finder’s fee is modest in the context of an NFL coach’s salary.

The league, NFL Films and HBO will make their pick in June.