It's almost impossible to disagree with the idea that the Raiders would be a perfect team for 2019's edition of HBO's Hard Knocks.
Just think about how the personalities of Jon Gruden, Antonio Brown, Vontaze Burfict, and potentially Marshawn Lynch would (or wouldn't) gel on the television cameras. The entertainment would be unprecedented and equally dramatic. And that's not even considering those three first-round picks they've got to work with.
However, Oakland owner Mark Davis is NOT among those hoping for fans to get an inside look at the franchise's training camp.
Mark Davis: Not the right time for us to do Hard Knocks https://t.co/rNkYQaPYko— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) March 26, 2019
Davis provided the most broad possible reasoning as to why he feels this way.
If the Raiders aren't on 'Hard Knocks' this year, HBO let us all down.— Benjamin Allbright (@AllbrightNFL) March 20, 2019
The four teams that are eligible for the show along with the Raiders are the Redskins, Lions, Giants, and 49ers, who all fit the criteria of not playing in the postseason, having a first-year head coach, or appearing on the show in the last 10 years.
It's still early on in terms of HBO's planning stages, but Davis' quote leads us to believe that football fans will not have their dreams of the Raiders featuring in the behind-the-scenes series fulfilled.