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Jon Gruden Alludes to Raiders Possibly Being on 'Hard Knocks'

CINCINNATI, OH - DECEMBER 16:  Jon Gruden the head coach of the Oakland Raiders  watches the action against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium on December 16, 2018 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Well, so much for the Raiders' adamant disinterest in being on "Hard Knocks." The team is one of five in the NFL which are ineligible to refuse participating in HBO's annual training camp documentary, and they are just about everyone's preference to be on the show this year.

Until now, the Raiders leadership has been strongly against the idea of participating in the program, with owner Mark Davis saying it's "not the right time." Head coach Jon Gruden, though, seems like he may be coming to terms with the idea.

HBO still has yet to announce which team they will cover this summer, but all signs point to Oakland, who would be by far the most entertaining choice. Between loud-mouthed Gruden and his hilarious look-alike Mark Davis and the additions of Antonio Brown, Vontaze Burfict and Richie Incognito, the Raiders circus would make for great television.

With Gruden on board, the Raiders being on "Hard Knocks" seems like a foregone conclusion. Get your HBO Go subscriptions ready, because August is going to be one fun month of television should Gruden's premonition prove true.