The TV Guide is a little light following the cancellation of Lucky Seven. But this would change if HBO’s Hard Knocks feature the San Francisco 49ers. Head coach Jim Harbaugh’s thoughts on the possibility?
“If that’s something we were in a position to do, then we’d certainly do it.”
That’s not a reception usually heard since the show’s creation in 2001. NFL clubs have avoided Hard Knocks like a Middle East marketplace for its unnecessary training camp distractions. Folks like James Harrison have gone out of their way to slam the program and its nosiness (we can assume he isn’t a fan of reality TV).
Cameras focused on your every move can be obviously annoying, but the filmmakers aren’t there to sabotage. And as Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis noted, he can hide vital information from the show (his teams aired in 2009 and 2013).
So if Harbaugh doesn’t think it’ll be a problem, why not? We’re talking about a ratings goldmine!
The 49ers are nothing short on personalities. Aside from Harbaugh, there’s the misunderstood Colin Kaepernick, comedic Joe Staley, crabby LaMichael James, swagger-boss Mike Crabtree, and Mr. Donte “Hitner” (assuming he re-signs). There will also be a reformed drunk driver on the set, Aldon Smith, in addition to Marcus Lattimore a year removed from knee injury, and who doesn’t love a comeback story?
If viewers are lucky, they’ll get a first-hand look at the option play further incorporated into an NFL offense. There will also be an intense competition at backup quarterback, and a chance to see the remnants of the 2012 draft class prove that they belong. That’s all before mentioning the Santa Clara scenery.
The 49ers rejected a Hard Knocks bid this season, but with the coach’s blessing and the happiness of fans in mind, they should commit for summer 2014. The team won’t suddenly forget to train properly or win games. The 49ers have a chance to build their popularity by demonstrating how a West Coast powerhouse is run.