PHOENIX — Oakland Raiders proprietor Mark Davis stated he would fairly hearth Jon Gruden than have his group seem on HBO’s “Laborious Knocks,” the coaching camp actuality sequence, this summer time.
Gruden, who’s getting into 12 months 2 of his 10-year contract value a reported $100 million, stated he was wonderful with that notion.
“I am all for no matter he needs to do,” Gruden instructed ESPN on Tuesday night time.
Each had been presumably joking, however this a lot is true — neither Davis nor Gruden need something to do with the present, which is successful for followers however a drag on coaches, employees and front-office personnel who don’t desire any laundry, soiled or in any other case, being aired weekly on nationwide tv.
Raiders coach Jon Gruden stated he’s excited to assist extensive receiver Antonio Brown “proceed his profession taking part in at a excessive degree.”
Marshawn Lynch performed the previous two seasons with the Raiders, and with coach Jon Gruden acknowledging a necessity at operating again, he would welcome the Oakland native again for an additional season.
Groups are exempt from consideration if they’ve a first-year coach, have performed within the postseason the previous two years or have been on “Laborious Knocks” within the earlier 10 years.
As such, the Raiders are certainly one of 5 NFL groups eligible for the present, together with the Detroit Lions, San Francisco 49ers, New York Giants and Washington.
“I will simply hearth Jon after which rent him again [after another team is chosen],” Davis stated jokingly on the NFL house owners conferences.
Davis stated the timing for an look simply does not really feel proper.
“It could be disruptive,” he stated. “We have plenty of enterprise to care for, prepare for the season. I respect that they could suppose we would be nice TV, however we obtained one thing to perform.”
Here is the factor — enterprise, as Antonio Brown would say, is boomin’, and so are Raiders storylines. From Gruden’s “Chucky” persona to new basic supervisor Mike Mayock’s latest tv previous to large personalities on the roster in Mr. Huge Chest himself (Brown) and linebacker Vontaze Burfict to quarterback/household man Derek Carr’s charity and church work to, possibly, a Marshawn Lynch return.
Plus the Raiders are positive to have huge names at camp by way of the draft, the place they’ve 4 of the primary 35 picks.
Oh, and it’s scheduled to be the Raiders’ final season in Oakland earlier than the 2020 transfer to Las Vegas.
Some Raiders officers believed a call on which group will seem on the sequence could possibly be made by the tip of the week.
In February, Lions coach Matt Patricia and basic supervisor Bob Quinn gave the impression to be doing all the things they may to deflect the hit HBO present to Gruden and the Raiders, with Patricia saying, “I believe Jon Gruden is a superb alternative for that present. I believe the Oakland Raiders and all the things they have occurring proper now could be unbelievable viewing for everyone to look at.”