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    Lions attempt to deflect 'Hard Knocks' season to Raiders

    http://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/2...season-raiders

    DETROIT -- The Detroit Lions are one of five teams that can be forced to appear on "Hard Knocks" this season, but the team's brass appears to be doing everything it can to deflect the hit HBO show to another team -- specifically Jon Gruden and the Oakland Raiders.

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

    Patricia, then asked if appearing on the show would be like a weeks-long dentist visits for root canals, briefly sighed before saying: "Yeah," and that "I definitely think I would get a lot of phone calls from my mom at night if that show was on."

    Lions general manager Bob Quinn said if the franchise is playing the Hard Knocks team that season, someone in their scouting department actually watches and DVR's the show to try to learn what they can about scheme and personnel. Quinn said he knows other NFL teams do it, including the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots.

    "So, it's real. Is it going to be a matter of a win and loss, I'm not sure," Quinn said. "But 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 later said, "Nobody wants to do it. Except Oakland."

    The Lions, Raiders, San Francisco 49ers, New York Giants and Washington Redskins are the five teams that cannot say no to Hard Knocks in 2019.

    The Raiders did not immediately respond to a request for comment by ESPN on Monday night.

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    You have to admit with the drama of no home, Gruden, Mayock and 3 first rounders, we are the team to watch...

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    Fvck hard knocks,the raiders don't need that drama going on when we already got a bunch of it already

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    The Raiders are a BETTER team than the Lions. Make the lions do it

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    All the cameras saw us kick there asses in joint practice. Shout out CW3!!

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    No doubt Gruden will make a show out of it but I had no idea it was required. How do they pick the teams anyway? Can't be by record.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rawhead View Post
    No doubt Gruden will make a show out of it but I had no idea it was required. How do they pick the teams anyway? Can't be by record.
    Probably who’s the most f’ed up or more drama.
    I hope it’s the Raiders do it this year.
    Get it out of the way before we go to Vegas.
    Would HATE for it to happen our 1st Vegas year! Massive distraction, but I’m guessing it’s what the NFL will do.

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    Noted in the article teams study the show for inside info.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rawhead View Post
    No doubt Gruden will make a show out of it but I had no idea it was required. How do they pick the teams anyway? Can't be by record.
    Teams can't be chosen, if you have been on it the past 10 years, have a 1st year Head Coach or reached the playoffs in either of the 2 preceding seasons.

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