By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Monday, March 21st, 2011 at 3:27 pm in Oakland Raiders.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are reportedly the favorites in the clubhouse to be featured in the popular HBO series “Hard Knocks,” but ESPN’s Adam Schefter had an interesting name of another team supposedly in the running:
A team as notoriously private as the Raiders would seem to be the longest of shots to get the full-on behind-the-scenes treatment.
But Al Davis has allowed coaches in the past to be filmed in the locker room and on the sideline. The photogenic Jon Gruden was the most notable, but there have also been instances the past couple of years where Tom Cable has been featured.
Hue Jackson has some charisma about him and is good in front of a camera. He’d make for some very good practice viewing in Napa and “Hard Knocks” exposure could help national interest as well as local ticket sales.
One issue would have to be worked out, however. On the days when Davis is at practice, photographers, as well as those invited guests, are told not to photograph him by security personnel. Any ideas HBO had of zeroing in on Davis in his golf cart would probably be put to rest rather quickly.
During some instances with NFL Films, such as annual highlight films, the Raiders have also insisted that some of their slogans be mentioned, as well as specifics regarding team history which Davis considers important.
An unfettered view of the Raiders doing business would be fascinating viewing. Even with some restrictions it would be interesting, to say the least.