The San Francisco 49ers are one of six teams that are not exempt from being featured on HBO’s Hard Knocks, and the league would have to force them to participate if it went that way. Those six teams can volunteer to be featured, but the San Francisco 49ers would not be among those, according to Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports.
That’s because general manager John Lynch and head coach Kyle Shanahan don’t want to be featured on the show, as they believe many aspects of it are too private for television — namely meetings where they tell players they have been released.
“It’s not something we would be really excited about,” Lynch said, via Maiocco. “I love the show, but I think some thing are best left behind closed doors. I fundamentally have a problem with cutting players and things of that nature (on camera). It’s not something we’d be thrilled about.”
I can totally see that, and don’t particularly want the distraction on a team that is still rebuilding. It would be nice to get some behind-the-scenes access as I think the 49ers have some colorful characters in their locker room, but if both the coach and general manager don’t want it, then I don’t either.
As noted by Maiocco, the other five teams are the Denver Broncos, Cleveland Browns, Los Angeles Chargers, Baltimore Ravens and Washington are the others that are non-exempt. Teams can volunteer to take part in the program.
The 49ers have never been featured on the show, which has been running since 2001. Last year featured the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.