With recent news that HBO has been rejected by the Broncos, Lions and Buccaneers to appear in this year’s Hard Knocks it seems as if the popular TV show might find it harder this time around to get a team on board. Some of it has to do with the Jets last year appearing on the show as Rex Ryan’s ego and vulgarity were on full display. Ryan can cuss up a storm all he wants it’s when he combines it with his ego and trash talking that people outside of Jets fans circle could not watch. The main reason for teams not signing on to do Hard Knocks is the NFL lockout. Who knows when the offseason will start let alone when training camps will start. For all we know the offseason and training camp will be shorten with the lockout lasting well into the summer which is highly probably.
Ever since Hard Knocks debuted I hoped for the 49ers to be part of the show each year but this year I am hoping the front office declines if asked to do the show. The 49ers have all qualities that would interest HBO; an up incoming new head coach who was highly courted by teams, a promising rookie quarterback who could be the future and a former number draft pick looking to resurrect his career. Also throw in diva Michael Crabtree, the antics of Vernon Davis, the recovery of Frank Gore’s hip injury and a franchise trying to turn around the last decade of decline and you have all the dynamics of a hit TV show. However there are too many distractions already with a full offseason and training camp with cameras capturing your every move. With a shortened training camp and Jim Harbaugh trying to install his offense, defense and how he will coach his players this is not the right time for the 49ers to be on Hard Knocks, maybe next year.