The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have declined to participate in HBO’s next edition of Hard Knocks. Hard Knocks is a great documentary style show on HBO which follows very closely teams on the field and off. Recently it has featured the Cincinnati Bengals and the New York Jets. The Bucs released a statement:

“We have respectfully declined this year’s Hard Knocks invitation. Wonderful show, but the team wants to keep the focus on the field in 2011.”