DETROIT — The Detroit Lions are considered one of 5 groups that may be pressured to look on “Exhausting Knocks” this season, however the workforce’s brass seems to be doing all the things it might probably to deflect the hit HBO present to a different workforce — particularly Jon Gruden and the Oakland Raiders.

“I feel Jon Gruden is a wonderful selection for that present,” Lions coach Matt Patricia mentioned. “I feel the Oakland Raiders and all the things they have occurring proper now could be improbable viewing for everyone to observe.”

Patricia, then requested if showing on the present could be like a weeks-long dentist go to for root canals, briefly sighed earlier than saying: “Yeah,” and that “I undoubtedly suppose I’d get a number of cellphone calls from my mother at evening if that present was on.”

Lions normal supervisor Bob Quinn mentioned if Detroit is enjoying the “Exhausting Knocks” workforce that season, somebody within the Lions’ scouting division truly watches and DVRs the present to attempt to study concerning the featured workforce’s scheme and personnel. Quinn mentioned he is aware of different NFL groups do it, together with the Tremendous Bowl champion New England Patriots.

“So, it is actual. Is it going to be a matter of a win and loss, I am undecided,” Quinn mentioned. “However we take the stuff that we do behind our doorways fairly privately and fairly securely, in order that’s one thing that’s undoubtedly an element.”

Quinn later mentioned, “No one needs to do it. Besides Oakland.”

The Lions, Raiders, San Francisco 49ers, New York Giants and Washington Redskins are the 5 groups that can’t say no to “Exhausting Knocks” in 2019.

The Raiders didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark by ESPN on Monday evening.

Info from ESPN’s Paul Gutierrez was used on this report.

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