The Oakland Raiders were one of the eight teams in contention to be on the HBO series Hard Knocks this summer. Hard Knocks follows an NFL team through their training camp and preseason with cameras capturing every move. It did not seem like a match made in heaven for the Raiders, who are traditionally a closed off organization. Oakland will not have to worry about it this year as the Atlanta Falcons will be the team followed by Hard Knocks.
ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting that the Falcons are the team chosen.
At the fall NFL owner's meeting, a rule passed that would force a team to do Hard Knocks if no team volunteered. There were three exceptions that would take teams out of the running. If a team hired a new coach, made the playoffs in the past two seasons, or appeared on Hard Knocks before, they would be exempt. Since, the Raiders do not meet any of those criteria, they had a chance to be the team pick for the show. That will not be the case.
Oakland is an organization that traditionally keeps their business close to the vest. When owner Al Davis was living, they were very careful with information and access. General manager Reggie McKenzie and head coach Dennis Allen are a little more open with information, but they still keep the flow to a minimum.
This is the best case scenario for the Raiders. With all the new players and the lack of success in the past few seasons, they need to focus on business without distraction. It would have been terrific television to get a peak behind the curtain of Raiders' training camp, but the team needs all their attention on building chemistry and improving.
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