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Jets Reject “Hard Knocks” Offer

HBO’s “Hard Knocks” documentary series follows one NFL team through their offseason and preseason, focusing on news faces, undrafted standouts, and follows any storyline and issue within the team. The show returned full-time in 2007 and has followed a team each season since (except for 2011 when the offseason was shortened due to the strike).

Since 2013, the NFL announced the show will rotate through the teams and the league can also force teams into participating, even if they decline the initial offer. A team can decline and doesn’t have to take part if they have already appeared in the last decade, have a first-year head coach, or been to the playoffs in the last two years. The New York Jets was the first team approached for this year’s production and they declined. Due to having taken part in 2010 and having a new head coach in Adam Gase, they will not be forced into the spotlight.

As the show begins looking for a club for the new season, Detroit’s Matt Patricia may have unintentionally made his own team the next man up. In Patricia’s first season as the head coach, the Lions finished 6-10, their worst season since 2012. The Lions meet the requirements to be forced into the show if the NFL and HBO select them. Patricia stated that he wants no part of “Hard Knocks”, as his rough relationship with the local media may make him look bad in the limelight.

Instead, he tried to push the focus on another team: Oakland.

I think Jon Gruden is an excellent choice for that show. I think the Oakland Raiders and everything they’ve got going on right now would be fantastic viewing for everybody to watch.”

While Oakland would be quite entertaining, the NFL doesn’t like bad publicity and they could force the Lions to do the show as a punishment. Other teams who could be selected the league includes Washington, NY (Giants), San Francisco and even Oakland. Unless a team volunteers, the Lions might be thanking their head coach for the nomination.

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