The news that the LA Chargers and LA Rams will share the spotlight on the latest season of HBO’s Hard Knocks isn’t a surprise, as we already got an inkling of it some months ago, but it’s nonetheless more official now with the announcement that the show will debut on Aug. 11.
According to the Chargers’ official media release, the camera crews will embark to the west coast in the coming weeks to start filming. You’d be right to prepare for a different look of the behind-the-scenes series this season as the 2020 offseason has been anything but normal.
The daily goings-on of all the players and coaches have been changed drastically due to the coronavirus pandemic so be prepared to see a lot of players working out on high school fields and spending time with their families.
“After an injury-plagued 2019 campaign, the Los Angeles Chargers are looking for a return to the winning formula that helped them finish tied for the AFC’s best record in 2018. Led by fourth-year head coach Anthony Lynn, the Chargers overhauled roster features young, rising stars on both sides of the ball, a new quarterback behind center and an influx of veteran talent added this offseason.”
Both the Bolts and the Rams will be showcasing new uniforms along with the christening of their new SoFi Stadium in Inglewood. Each team has plenty of star power and recent success to build upon in 2020, as well.
“Having been part of Hard Knocks before when I was with the New York Jets, my biggest takeaway from that whole experience was that you get out of it what you put into it,” head coach Anthony Lynn said. “There’s a reason that season was probably the most popular Hard Knocks ever. If you’re going to do a show, do it right. You can’t fake it. We didn’t have a problem providing access because we built a relationship with the crew. There was a mutual trust that exists to this day with those people, and many of them will actually be working on this year’s show.”
During every new season of Hard Knocks, certain players tend to become fan-favorites with each new episode that airs. When the Cleveland Browns were the subject of the series in 2018, defensive end Carl Nassib was that guy, even though he wound-up with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers by the end of the year.
For those wondering if the show could be a potential distraction, eight of the past 10 teams to be featured either tied the previous year’s record or improved on the mark. After the debacle that was last season, it’ll take another catastrophe to see the Chargers pick in the top 10 for the second year in a row.
Finally, the show will once again be narrated by actor Liev Schreiber, who is in his 14th year with the show.