Jay Gruden wants his brother on “Hard Knocks”

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Both teams coached by members of the Gruden family can be forced to appear on this year’s edition of Hard Knocks and Washington head coach Jay Gruden made a suggestion to producers on Wednesday.

His suggestion was that they select the Raiders team coached by his brother Jon if they were looking for the most entertaining selection.

“If they were smart, they’d go to Oakland,” Gruden said, via Tarik El-Bashir of TheAthletic.com. “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.”

Gruden is not the first to make that suggestion, but the Giants, 49ers and Lions could also be compelled to do the show.

Gruden said that while it would “initially be a distraction” if his team was chosen, he believes they’d be able to make it work in a way that allows them to also accomplish their goals in training camp. He added that “they can do us next year,” which led a reporter to respond by saying that they can’t compel an appearance if Washington makes the playoffs.

“If we don’t make the playoffs, I probably won’t be here anyway so …,” Gruden said, via NBC4 in Washington.

It’s not clear when this year’s chosen team will be revealed.

24 responses to “Jay Gruden wants his brother on “Hard Knocks”

  1. my initial choice for hard knocks wwas the raiders, until the giants drafted jones. now it’s gotta be the giants i say.

  2. Great strategy to tell the NFL a different team will be more entertaining than your own if you don’t want to be on it. I do agree the Raiders would best of the 5 that can be forced. The 49ers would be cool too. I probably wouldn’t even watch if it was the Lions.

  3. Gotta go for the “dysfunction” entertainment and that can only mean 1 team…….RAIDERS!!!!

  4. who ever wins the superbowl should be on hard knocks the following season.

  5. Let me clarify what Jay meant when he said if they don’t make the playoffs he probably won’t be there…. he meant he definitely won’t be there

  6. The NFL is waiting for next season for the Raiders. The Raiders first season in Vegas would be even more appealing then it is this year. Granted, its a risk that they make the playoffs.

  7. raiderbeer34 says:
    May 29, 2019 at 2:51 pm
    who ever wins the superbowl should be on hard knocks the following season.


    Bill would hate that, but as a Pat’s fan I would love it.

    Also, the Raiders should be on this year.

  8. I don’t get the policy for choosing teams for Hard Knocks. Teams who don’t make the playoffs are eligible while those who make the playoffs are not. So, being on Hard Knocks is a form of punishment for not being successful? No one wants Hard Knocks, but clearly they’re not turning down the money from the show as teams share revenue.

  9. Could you imagine the league trying to tell Al Davis he had to do something. LOL.

  10. Jon Gruden is the one coach who would actually love being on a TV show. I’ve never seen a coach get the rock star treatment anywhere near as much as Jon. He basically owns the media. He got on ESPN and completely did things his way, and it was outstanding. Everyone wants to see him or hear him talk. He’s the best entertainer in sports, and he also has the most job security to enjoy every minute of his fame.

  11. Everyone likes watching a train wreck. Nobody will provide more stupid comments than Gruden.

  12. I’d like my Raiders to be on Hard Knocks too – if for no other reason than to see what really goes on instead of the media’s twisted version.

  13. The trouble with Jay G’s comments is that if they make the playoffs, then they won’t be eligible for Hard Knocks, and that if they don’t make the playoffs, then Jay would likely be gone, which in that case would also make them ineligible. So the initial comment that Hard Knocks could do the Redskins next year is a near-contradiction.

  14. It definitely won’t be us so don’t worry Jay. The other teams offer much more compelling story lines. Eli vs rookie QB, Raiders enough said, even Detroit. Focus on coaching this team up and finally firing your training staff because we can’t catch a break with injuries.

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