NFC West-rival Los Angeles Rams to be Featured on HBO's 'Hard Knocks'

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The San Francisco 49ers are obviously familiar with all three of their NFC West rivals. Playing them two times a year assures that much.

This August, however, the team and its fans will see behind enemy lines like never before. The NFL announced on Wednesday that the Los Angeles Rams will be the subject on the 11th season of HBO's acclaimed documentary series, "Hard Knocks."

The show follows one NFL club each year, providing an all-access view of a training camp's inner workings. The Rams are first NFC West team to be chosen, and the first episode will air on Aug. 9.

The 49ers would've been eligible to appear on the series if they didn't hire a new coach. Teams that made the playoffs in at least one of the previous two seasons, have already been featured in the previous 10 seasons or have a first-year head coach are exempt from being appointed.

This year, seven teams did not fulfill those guidelines: the Rams, Saints, Bears, Bills, Chargers, Jaguars and Raiders.

Storylines for Los Angeles this summer include: the starting quarterback competition, Todd Gurley's sophomore season and the club's relocation from St. Louis.

No doubt some personnel in San Francisco's front office will be renewing their subscription to HBO.

Current 49ers who have appeared on the show include: linebacker Nick Bellore (2010 – Jets), wide receiver Jerome Simpson (Bengals – 2009), defensive coordinator Jim O'Neil (2010 – Jets), wide receivers coach Bob Bicknell (2007 – Chiefs) and tight ends coach Jeff Nixon (2012 – Dolphins).

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