The Lions are doing everything they can to avoid being on TV.
Hard Knocks is an annual show that showcases the trials and tribulations of an NFL football team at the beginning of the season. Typically they like to profile teams that did poorly the season before because it makes for much better television. I mean who doesn't want to see a bad team struggle and ultimately get mad at each other. It's the best. Well, this year, there is a short list of five teams who can't say no to being on the show if chosen. Those five teams are the Detroit Lions, Oakland Raiders, San Francisco 49ers, New York Giants, and the Washington Redskins. The Lions and head coach Matt Patricia have already started deflecting the spotlight to the Raiders, saying they'd be much better suited for the show.
"I think Jon Gruden is an excellent choice for that show," Patricia said according to ESPN. "I think the Oakland Raiders and everything they've got going on right now would be fantastic viewing for everybody to watch. I definitely think I would get a lot of phone calls from my mom at night if that show was on."
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Lions General Manager Bob Quinn echoed the same sentiments as his head coach, adding that being able to watch other teams on Hard Knocks gives his team a competitive advantage when it comes to film.
Who would you like to see on Hard Knocks this season?