In Defense of Making the Redskins the Choice for Hard Knocks 2019

Hear me out – bring out dysfunction and reset the clock as to when the team can return.

Oddsmakers put the Redskins at the top of the board when it comes to the likely team to be selected for the fourteenth season of the HBO series ‘Hard Knocks‘ and it is OK.

In 2013, NFL owners passed a resolution stating that teams can avoid mandatory inclusion on Hard Knocks if they fall under any of three exemptions:

  • They have a first-year head coach in place 
  • They have a playoff berth in the past two seasons 
  • They have appeared on Hard Knocks in the past 10 years

With that, five teams are eligible for this 2019 season: The 49ers, Raiders, Lions, Giants and Redskins.

2019 will be a year of wondering and mixed expectations for Redskin fans as we have a new first round quarterback, a young running back set to return from an ACL injury, a lame-duck coach who has been middle of the pack throughout his tenure, and of course the Goose – I mean – Bruce Allen.

What role does Alex Smith play? What does Rob Ryan eat for breakfast? What is the next great “Tomsula-ism?” What does Rob Ryan eat for lunch? Can the team find a receiver? Will Rob Ryan rent an RV like Baker Mayfield? These are the questions we must get answered this summer.

In addition to those pressing, white hot questions, we get to see the story of a rumored dysfunctional front office play out in real life. If there is a wide divide between head coach Jay Gruden and team President Bruce Allen, we get to witness it and how bad it is. Let’s rip the bandaid off and witness with our own eyes how Allen and team owner Daniel Snyder run the team. And if they restrict access, then we know how bad it is.

Coach Jay Gruden said during his press conference on May 29th that the players would enjoy it. “If we are forced to do it, then obviously we will have to make it work…it’s a process, it can be distracting at times…I think our guys would probably have fun with it at the end of the day.”

He went on to comment about the his brother’s Oakland Raiders on Hard Knocks too:

Despite the lobbying, Jay has a point – if the Redskins do not make the playoffs, he is done. The cameras would not be the best for him as we become witness to the dysfunction week to week.

Although that is the strongest point I have. I want to see the dysfunction, I want to see how our guys are, I want a Ryan Kerrigan and Landon Collins defensive montage. Being on Hard Knocks would keep the team ineligible until the 2030 season. That is enough for me to jump on board for 2019 because maybe we become one step closer to losing Snyder or one step closer to loosing the goose or we shut out the world from more dysfunction for the next 10 years.