Now that we know the six teams eligible for the Hard Knocks mandate, the most intriguing name on the list seems to be the San Francisco 49ers. With rising star quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo leading the Niners to a 5-0 record down the stretch, the overflowing optimism in the Bay Area is palpable. Seeing the rise of a historically great team back to glory behind the "next Tom Brady" and whiz coach Kyle Shanahan would be enticing for HBO and viewers. While the 49ers might provide the best storyline of the six teams eligible for mandatory inclusion, don't expect the team to raise their hands to volunteer enthusiastically.
John Lynch doesn't want 49ers on 'Hard Knocks'
NFL.com | Jan 3