Why the Raiders are the perfect fit for ‘Hard Knocks’

Nicholas Cothrel

Photo courtesy of the Oakland Raiders

HBO’s Hard Knocks gives fans that opportunity to get an inside scoop inside the building of an NFL franchise. If there’s one team that was destined for Hard Knocks, the Oakland Raiders were just that.

Above all things, Raiders head coach Jon Gruden and first-year general manager Mike Mayock are the duo at the top of the organization calling all the shots. The two come from prior stops in television where they both flourished on ESPN and NFL Network. Gruden and Mayock are made for Hard Knocks, and the soundbites coming from each episode sound like must tv for all football viewers.

Why the Raiders are a fit?

After a disappointing 2018 season, posting a 4-12 record, the Raiders got their hands dirty this offseason. They drafted three first-round picks in this year’s draft, after trading away pro-bowl level players such as Khalil Mack and Amari Cooper. Not the blueprint that most NFL team’s would follow, but the upside of the whole deal is accumulating highly touted college prospects.

Only time will tell if Gruden’s master plan will pay off in the long run, but his offseason looked pretty promising.

During this offseason’s free-agency class, the Raiders brought along high-strung personalities like Antonio Brown, Richie Incognito, and Vontaze Burfict. By doing so, you can make the argument that the Raiders are one of the most intriguing teams heading into the 2019 season.

Meanwhile, the organization is also entering their final year in Oakland before their departure to Las Vegas, Nevada. Their time to treat the faithful Oakland Raiders fans is now, so will Gruden be able to strike magic in 2019 after an abysmal first season back?

What makes a team eligible for Hard Knocks?

  • Don’t have a first-year head coach
  • No playoff experience over the last two seasons
  • Haven’t appeared on the show over the last 10 seasons

Hard Knocks schedule

Season start date: Tuesday, Aug. 6th

Time: 10 p.m. (ET)

TV Channel: HBO

Streaming: HBO GOHBO NOW

Episode dates: Episodes will premiere weekly on Tuesdays at 10 p.m. (ET) Aug. 6, Aug. 13, Aug. 20, Aug. 27, Sep. 3


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