John Lynch Says He Doesn't Want 49ers to Be on HBO's 'Hard Knocks'

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistJanuary 3, 2018

LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 31:  General Manager John Lynch of the San Francisco 49ers looks on from the sidelines during the second half of a game against the Los Angeles Rams at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on December 31, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
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The San Francisco 49ers informed the NFL they don't want to feature on HBO's Hard Knocks program during training camp for the 2018 season.

On Tuesday, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area passed along comments from Niners general manager John Lynch about the possibility of being selected for the show.

"It's not something we would be really excited about," he said. "I love the show, but I think some thing[s] 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."

The documentary series follows one NFL organization during training camp to provide a behind-the-scenes look at the players' preparations and decisions made by the front office to finalize its 53-man roster.

Khadrice Rollins of Sports Illustrated noted the 49ers are one of six teams the league can contractually force to participate in the program this year. The others are the Baltimore Ravens, Cleveland Browns, Denver Broncos, Los Angeles Chargers and Washington Redskins.

Although another franchise can alleviate the pressure by volunteering for the show, the Niners are one of the two most intriguing options on the list. The Cleveland Browns, who will look to rebound from a 0-16 season, represent the other.

San Francisco finished the regular season on a five-game winning streak after inserting quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, who was acquired earlier in the year from the New England Patriots, into the starting lineup.

The Niners also own either the ninth or 10th overall pick in the 2018 draft. That would make for another key storyline, as Hard Knocks tends to spotlight high draft picks, well-known veterans and players on the roster fringe leading up to cut days.

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