HBO’s hit show “Hard Knocks” might be in peril this year, but it has a special format planned if the NFL does play a preseason. “Hard Knocks” normally follows an NFL team from training camp to the end of the preseason. It shows behind-the-scenes footage of coaches’ meetings, players being cut, and even personal lives beyond football. It’s an in-depth look at the NFL that doesn’t exist anywhere else. This season, HBO plans to follow not one, but two NFL teams. The show will highlight both Los Angeles teams in 2020 — the Rams and the Chargers.
The Rams are a perfect candidate for “Hard Knocks”
The Rams already appeared on “Hard Knocks” in 2016, but this current team is loaded with more talent and much more personality.
Sean McVay would be a fascinating coach to follow throughout training camp. He has a photographic football memory, so he can remember every play he’s ever called and what happened. McVay has a genius football mind and has already made a Super Bowl in his short head coaching career. He would be the star of the show.
Behind McVay, Aaron Donald is another fascinating character. Donald might be the most dominant defensive player in the entire NFL, and he trains like a madman. He even trains with knives during the offseason. Donald is not someone you want to mess with, and it would be interesting to see his day-to-day routine.
Quarterback Jared Goff probably won’t like the idea of HBO’s cameras following him around again. He famously couldn’t tell a coach where the sun rises in 2016 “Hard Knocks.” Goff was just a rookie, but the show shined an even brighter light on the No. 1 pick than he already had on him. Also, Jared — it rises in the east. Take notes in case they ask again this year.
The Chargers are also an interesting story to follow in 2020
Like the Rams, the Chargers are a perfect “Hard Knocks” candidate for 2020. Longtime QB Philip Rivers has moved on, so LA will have to slot in Tyrod Taylor as the new starter. There’s also a possibility the team selects a quarterback in the first round of the NFL Draft. Cam Newton is still available as well.
Although they struggled last season, the Chargers have some of the most talented players in the league. Joey Bosa is an emerging star on defense and Keenan Allen is one of the most underappreciated wide receivers in the game.
The Chargers are such an unknown at this point in the year. All the unanswered questions about the team can be answered in full by HBO’s “Hard Knocks” cameras.
Maybe the best “Hard Knocks” scene came from two teams practicing
The 2015 version of “Hard Knocks” proves that following two teams at once can be even more entertaining. The Houston Texans were the subject of the show that season, and the best moment came from a joint practice with the Washington Redskins.
DeAndre Hopkins and DeAngelo Hall were dueling on the outside all day, and the rivalry evolved from competing to trash talking. Hall got in Hopkins’ face after a dropped pass, but Hopkins wasn’t having it. He told Hall he would box him and that he would “slap the f— outta [him] too.” Both teams came in to separate the two.
A few plays later, Hopkins found himself matched up against Hall again. Hopkins faked a deep route and cut on a dime for a comeback route. Hall slipped and fell backward as Hopkins turned upfield for a long gain. “I don’t start nothin’, I just finish it,” Hopkins exclaimed to the camera.
If the Rams and Chargers give us anything close to that kind of drama, it should be another fun season of “Hard Knocks.”