Don’t be afraid of the limelight, San Diego. Initial negative reaction to Chargers CEO A.G. Spanos’ interest in the team starring in HBO’s “Hard Knocks” documentary series next year is misguided. I think a Chargers season would build interest and value in the team and players, in addition to highlighting the process for trying to get a new stadium built in San Diego.

For those unfamiliar with it, “Hard Knocks” follows an NFL team for an entire training camp and airs episodes weekly. The Baltimore Ravens, Dallas Cowboys, Kansas City Chiefs, Cincinnati Bengals, New York Jets and Miami Dolphins have all participated.

Because the most popular seasons have been the ones with chaotic teams, the thought process is that the show creates chaos. Could there be a few players and coaches that act differently in front of the camera than otherwise? Sure. Do I believe it would create a locker room fracture before leading into a team tailspin? Not at all. Just because the Bengals and Cowboys do something doesn’t mean the same action turns another team into the Bengals or Cowboys.

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Chargers Avoid Serious Injuries

  • The first week of training camp is always a mix of excitement and nervousness, as coaches and fans wait to see which players will get serious injuries early on. It looks like this year’s victim for the Chargers is Jonas Mouton, who tore his ACL and will spend the upcoming season on the injured-reserve list. It was lucky for Mouton, though, as he might not had made the team otherwise.
  • Speaking of torn ACLs, outside linebacker Melvin Ingram has one and shouldn’t be back this season. But he’s been at camp doing squat jumps and coaches are thinking he could be on the field by Thanksgiving. That’d be a miraculous comeback.
  • King Dunlap, who was given the first shot at winning the starting left tackle job, might have lost his chance due to a relatively minor injury. It will likely take an injury, or some seriously poor play, from veteran Max Starks for Dunlap to get another shot before the regular season.

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