The Houston Texans will be the featured team this summer on “Hard Knocks,” the NFL-sponsored series that takes viewers behind the scenes of training camp, the league announced Wednesday.
There figures to be some 49ers element to the show when the team travels to Houston for the exhibition opener on Aug. 15. The series is scheduled to debut on Aug. 11 on HBO.
But there is no chance the 49ers would ever volunteer to allow the 30-person NFL Films crew behind the scenes in Santa Clara under the current regime. (Although, as the NFL points out, each of the last five teams featured on "Hard Knocks" has improved its win-loss record in the regular season immediately following the training camp show.
After all, the most powerful football person in the organization is general manager Trent Baalke, who when asked after the parting with Jim Harbaugh about how transparent the coaching search would be, responded, “Are we ever transparent in what we do?”
But, as the Mercury News’ Tim Kawakami suggested Wednesday morning, the 49ers could be an attractive option next summer.
The NFL can force an organization to participate on “Hard Knocks” if the team has not made the playoffs within the past two years and does not have a first-year head coach.
So the only ways the 49ers can remove themselves from consideration is if they return to the playoffs in Jim Tomsula’s first season ... or Tomsula does not make it to a second season.