San Francisco 49ers Are Candidates Again To Appear on HBO’s Hard Knocks

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UPDATE: HBO has offered the Atlanta Falcons a chance to appear on this seasons Hard Knocks.  No word on whether or not the Falcons will accept. 

 

Here we go again, 49ers fans have seen this headline before:  HBO Interested in 49ers for Hard Knocks Documentary.  Last year around this time the 49ers were one of the candidates to appear on Hard Knocks but with the uncertainty if there was even going to be a season, the NFL was in lockout mode, the 49ers declined. With no teams wanting to commit to appearing on Hard Knocks before they even knew when a new season would start, HBO eventually had to cancel the show for the 2011 season.

Now the 49ers are back in the mix along with the Ravens.  No, it’s not either the 49ers or Ravens HBO wants, but both teams.  Of course the reason being is Jim Harbaugh is coach of the 49ers and his brother John Harbaugh is coach of the Ravens.  Not to mention both teams lost in their conference championship game last season.  HBO is probably salivating at the chance to feature both Harbaugh brothers.

FoxSports.com is reporting HBO wants to have the Jets again on the show but, surprisingly, head coach Rex Ryan is against doing the show for second time.  The website also reported that, “HBO has interest in featuring both the Niners and Ravens, focusing on the Harbaugh brothers.”

Last year I wrote, “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.”

I said maybe next year, but I am against the 49ers being featured on Hard Knocks this season.  Coming off of the magical season the 49ers had last season and trying to get back to the playoffs this season, the distractions for the team needs to be limited.  Distractions like cameras and microphones capturing coaches, players and front office personnel’s every move are not needed this season.

We all know Harbaugh is a passionate coach from the footage made available to fans of pre- and post-game talks (see after the Lions game).  We also know Harbaugh likes to keep his cards close to his chest and does not like revealing much information to the media about the 49ers like injuries to players.

Last year the 49ers had a legitimate excuse not wanting to appear on the show with the shortened off-season because of the lockout.  This season the 49ers only excuse is they don’t want any distractions as the team tries to repeat and build on the success from last season.  Really though, no outside distractions to the team is enough on its own to reject HBO for a second time.

Topics: 49ers Offseason, HBO Hard Knocks, Jim Harbaugh, San Francisco 49ers

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  • http://keepingitheel.com/ KIH Matt

    I do not want the 49ers to do this.  No reason for it, nothing can be gained by giving inside access to the team.  It goes against Ballke and Harbaugh’s MO if you ask me, I don’t see it happening.

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  • Mikehart8

    The only ones who benefit from this are the owners and the fans. The team suffers. Harbaugh being a former player will be against it. Harbaugh has always been a hard worker, and with cameras in his face and creating a circus-like atmosphere I could really see him going off on someone. Sure it would make for good TV, add personality and more fans, but it isn’t worth the risk of what it could do to the team.

  • bobcat2u

    Screw the HBO show.  We have a lot more to be concerned with at this time, ie, reclaiming our position as the top team.  We came so close last season.  And what would be better than owning the SUPERDOME again, like we did when we were in that division, with a win in the SUPERBOWL ?

  • http://yahoo.com/ ajperea

    Now everybody wants to love us now!  Last year we were “considered” one of the worst in the worst conference by the NFL experts! Like last year, we will show-up and play the game with pretty much the same class crew of players with “that” Smithy at QB and our smart coaching staff but using the complete west coast office playbook!  After another smart draft, It should be more interesting and fun!

  • Kevin2

     @Mikehart8 Totally not worth it for the team as I remember the SF Giants having a reality show after they won the Series, year after that, they didn’t even make the playoffs.  I’d pass and I think the Falcons are being offered.

  • http://yahoo.com/ ajperea

     @KIH Matt
     Hey Matt, you may have a point! But the more I see my 49er team, the better! I recall being in Southern Cal growing up as kid and a BIG 49er fan and having to search for anything on my guys including late final scores from SF! Besides, Harbaugh is smart and would give much away!

  • http://yahoo.com/ ajperea

     @Kevin2  @Mikehart8
     
    Hey MikeHart8, you may have a point! But the more I see my 49er team, the better! I recall being in Southern Cal growing up as kid and a BIG 49er fan and having to search for anything on my guys including late final scores from SF! Besides, Harbaugh is smart and would give much away!

  • mbardini

    Worst idea ever.  Go cover the NY Giants, Bills or Lions.   Better yet go cover the Saints.  They could use the PR boost in what is sure to be a tumultuous season for them.   We don’t need the drama or the sensationalism that comes with it.  Harbaugh, Baalke and York need to politely say no thanks.