SANTA CLARA, Calif. – The San Francisco 49ers run a notoriously secret ship. Not a lot of extra information is floated out, per the way general manager Trent Baalke and coach Jim Harbaugh want to run the organization.
Yet, there is a chance the team may be forced to participate on HBO’s “Hard Knocks.” The widely popular summer series follows an NFL team through training camp. The NFL has mandated rules that make teams have to appear under certain situations.
Harbaugh said if the 49ers are chosen, he will go along with it. Yet, he didn’t sound like it would be the worst thing he ever experienced. Plus, he said he is a fan of the show even though he said he’s not been tempted to ask for the 49ers to be featured.
“If that’s something we were in position to do, then we’d certainly do it,” Harbaugh said. “There’s going to be teams that are going to be on 'Hard Knocks' and that seems like a popular thing and something people want to see. So, I don’t see it going away. You could stamp your feet and say ‘I don’t want to do it’, but I don’t know how productive that is for anybody concerned.
Harbaugh had an interesting suggestion for the selection of the "Hard Knocks" team each year.
“I think it’d be good if there was a, kind of a criteria,” Harbaugh said. “You knew because of where you finished. A team from the AFC, a team from the NFC was the Hard Knocks team that year. Similar to how staffs do the Senior Bowl based on their finish or coach the Pro Bowl based on their finish or coach the Super Bowl based on their finish. Maybe there could be something like that. A criteria. I think they have one or are discussing one. So, I think that would be something everybody would know going in. It would be fair, so it wouldn’t be arbitrarily assigned.”
Whoever the next team will be, expect Harbaugh to be tuning in.
“I find it quite entertaining,” he said.