Matt Patricia: Jon Gruden, Raiders Would Be 'Excellent Choice' for 'Hard Knocks'

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistFebruary 12, 2019

Detroit Lions head coach Matt Patricia watches against the Los Angeles Rams during an NFL football game in Detroit, Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
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The Detroit Lions apparently really don't want to do Hard Knocks this season.

While they technically can't say no if asked, Lions management is trying to convince those in charge to pick the Oakland Raiders as the team to cover for the HBO show. 

"I think Jon Gruden is an excellent choice for that show," Lions coach Matt Patricia said, per Michael Rothstein of ESPN. "I think the Oakland Raiders and everything they've got going on right now would be fantastic viewing for everybody to watch."

General manager Bob Quinn also nominated the Raiders as the focal point of the show.

"Nobody wants to do it," he said. "Except Oakland."

Quinn explained that the scouting department uses the documentary show to gain insight on other teams, while the cameras also make it difficult to conduct business.

"We take the stuff that we do behind our doors pretty privately and pretty securely so that's something that is definitely a factor," Quinn said.

All 32 teams are eligible to appear on the show, which provides in-depth coverage of a team's training camp. However, a team can turn down the opportunity if it has done the show in the past 10 years, has been to the playoffs in the last two years or has a new coach.

Per Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk, the Lions are one of five teams who can't say no, along with the Raiders, New York Giants, San Francisco 49ers and Washington Redskins

San Francisco coach Kyle Shanahan also said last month he has no interest in being on Hard Knocks, per Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports.

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