As the Rams and Chargers both permanently move to SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles, they will both be the focus of HBO’s Hard Knocks in 2020.
With NFL training camps up in the air currently as the spread of COVID-19 continues and concern over the coronavirus heighten, there’s no telling how NFL teams will get started with their 2020 seasons. It seems likely that minicamps will be shortened and training camps will be the next thing to go.
If there are training camps, however, we now know which two — yes, two — teams will be featured on HBO’s annual look behind the curtain of NFL teams in training camp and the preseason, Hard Knocks.
As reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter, both the Los Angeles Rams and Los Angeles Chargers will be featured on Hard Knocks, the first time that the HBO miniseries has shown multiple teams in the same season.
While this is a first for HBO and Hard Knocks, it’s a sensible time to do it. The 2020 season will be the first that the Rams and Chargers will spend playing their home games at the new SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles. Subsequently, it should be an exciting time for both franchises as they build to their debuts in their new homes.
Additionally, HBO is lucky that the move isn’t the only intriguing aspect of the Rams and Chargers coming into this new campaign. The Rams are coming off a highly disappointing season where they failed to make the playoffs after making the Super Bowl the previous year. Now with Todd Gurley gone, Sean McVay and Jared Goff try to get the team back on track.
As for the Chargers, this is the first time in nearly two decades that they’ll be playing without Philip Rivers at quarterback. Whether or not it’s Tyrod Taylor or Justin Herbert filling his shoes under center, the roster has been remarkably improved and it’s a start of a new era for the Bolts.
Again, it remains to be seen if we’ll get NFL training camps and, subsequently, if we’ll get Hard Knocks with the Rams and Chargers. But if we do, it’ll be fascinating to see how HBO balances the two teams and what’s going on as each franchise fully completes the move to Los Angeles.