Jay Gruden brings the house down with 'Hard Knocks' self-own

Chris Lingebach
May 29, 2019 - 4:06 pm
Jay Gruden brings the house down with 'Hard Knocks' self-own

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Jay Gruden self-owned to a room full of laughter Wednesday as he joked about the Redskins' chances of appearing on HBO's docu-series "Hard Knocks."

Gruden spoke from a position of experience. He was the offensive coordinator in Cincinnati when the Bengals were featured on the show in 2013.

Asked if he'd welcome the cameras into Redskins training camp, Gruden flatly admitted, "Well that's not up to me, so if we're forced to do it, then obviously we'll have to make it work."

"It's a process. It can be distracting at times," he said. "But really they do an excellent job as far as keeping out of your business. So it wouldn't be the end of the world. I think our guys would probably have fun with it at the end of the day, but initially it would be a distraction, so to speak."

"But I think really, if they were smart, they would go to Oakland," Gruden joked, putting the onus on his older brother, Raiders head coach Jon Gruden. "I mean, seriously. What an entertainment value that would be.

"Antonio Brown, Jon Gruden all out there. Vontaze Burfict. Incognito. They gotta be crazy not to go to Oakland. They can do us next year, maybe."

"Not if you make the playoffs," reporter JP Finlay interjected, noting that playoff teams the previous year are exempt from being on the show.

"If we don't make the playoffs, I probably won't be here anyways," Gruden said as the room erupted in laughter. "They can come here and do it all they want."

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