Jay Gruden is doing some tongue-in-cheek lobbying for his big brother’s team to appear on this year’s edition of “Hard Knocks” instead of his own.
While both Gruden-coached teams are eligible to be on the HBO series this season, the Redskins coach suggested Jon’s Raiders would be a perfect pick for producers, saying “they’d be crazy not to.”
“If they were smart, they’d go to Oakland,”Jay said, via The Athletic. “Seriously, what an entertainment value that would be. Antonio Brown, Jon Gruden, Paul Guenther, Vontaze Burfict, [Richie] Incognito … They’d be crazy not to go to Oakland.”
#Redskins Coach Jay Gruden hilariously pitches the #Raiders as the team HBO should feature this summer on Hard Knocks. “If they were smart, they would go to Oakland,” he cracked. pic.twitter.com/GwybiKCUUL
— Tarik El-Bashir (@Tarik_ElBashir) May 29, 2019
The Redskins are favored by many to get picked, which would allow the Raiders to be featured next year for their first season in Las Vegas, though Jay appears more than willing to step aside so Jon can have the spotlight in 2019.
The other teams that can’t refuse appearing in the show this year include the 49ers, Giants and Lions.
A Hard Knocks announcement is due soon and a reminder of the five teams that are ineligible to say no:
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) May 28, 2019
Team aren’t required to be in the show if they meet the following criteria:
1. If you have a first-year head coach.
2. If your team has made the playoffs in either of the past two seasons.
3. If your team has been the featured franchise in “Hard Knocks” during any of the last 10 years.
The Browns were featured on the show last season. It’s not clear when this year’s chosen team will be revealed.