The decision for who will appear on HBO’s Hard Knocks program is turning into a game of hot potato. NFL rules provide that five teams cannot turn down the show: the 49ers, Raiders, Giants, Lions, and Washington. And each day brings another team trying to convince HBO they should choose somebody else.
49ers GM John Lynch and head coach Kyle Shanahan both made it very clear at the end of the season that they have no interest in being on the show. Earlier this week, the Jets have informed their media members they have no interest in being on the show. Additionally, the Detroit Lions have made it clear they don’t want to be involved. GM Bob Quinn talked about the disadvantages it brings, and head coach Matt Patricia jokingly suggested the Raiders should be the choice.
“I think Jon Gruden is an excellent choice for that show,” head coach Matt Patricia quickly quipped. “I think the Oakland Raiders and everything they’ve got going on right now would be fantastic viewing for everybody to watch.”
I have not seen anything from the Raiders or Washington, but at some point they will have something for the record. I would not be surprised if Gruden and Mayock were down for it given their media history. Given the other teams not interested, the Raiders are my guess for who ends up on Hard Knocks.