The Facts: HBO's Hard Knocks began in impactful and newsworthy fashion. In the opening scene of Hard Knocks: Los Angeles on Tuesday night, Chargers coach Anthony Lynn revealed he contracted COVID-19, unveiling the news during a Zoom meeting with his players. "This year is not like any year we've ever had in the National Football League," Lynn said. "I can't promise you you're not gonna get infected. I got infected."
Diehards Line: Lynn, 51, is the third NFL coach to announce he has contracted the novel coronavirus, following New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton and Philadelphia Eagles coach Doug Pederson. Prior to Lynn's announcement, a barrage of players' images flashed during the Zoom meeting, symbolic of the chaos and novelty of the 2020 offseason. Lynn is entering his fourth season with the franchise and is 26-22 across his first three seasons with the Bolts.