ASHBURN, Va. — When Washington head coach Jay Gruden was on the Cincinnati Bengals staff, the team was featured on the HBO program "Hard Knocks." Now that he's with the Burgundy and Gold, some speculate the team might be in line for the show this season.
Gruden told the media today he thinks the show can be a distraction. But he really got the attention of media members when he speculated who should be featured.
"I think really, if they were smart I think they’d go to Oakland," he said. "I mean, seriously, what an entertainment value that would be – Antonio Brown, Jon Gruden, [Defensive Coordinator] Paul Guenther, Vontaze Burfict, [Richie] Incognito – I mean, you guys have got to be crazy not to go to Oakland. They can do us next year maybe."
And if they don't make the playoffs?
"If we don’t make the playoffs I probably won’t be here anyways," Gruden said. "They can come here and do it all they want."
Raiders head coach, Jon Gruden, is Jay’s older brother.
Prior to the press conference, Gruden was on the field leading organized team activities. Watching from nearby were members of the military invited for the day.
One of the them, Staff Sargent Amanda Harris, admitted to being a Steeler’s fan.
"But keep that on the down low, though," Harris said.
Players, including defensive lineman Jonathan Allen said they were proud to have the military members on hand. Allen said his two brothers, Dad and Uncle are or were in the service.
"Grew up in a military family and have a lot of appreciation for what they do," Allen said.
Tech Sargent Ebony Carter, said she doesn’t know much about football, but the team's invite "shows the football players are supporting us."
"They know we work hard and we’re doing everything we gotta do to protect our country, so why not have us come out and see what they do?" Carter said.