After a number of teams had let the NFL know their opposition to being on the HBO series Hard Knocks, which documents a team's training camp, the league put rules into place allowing the NFL to force any team onto the show that hasn’t been on the show in the last 10 years, has missed the playoffs in each of the last two seasons and does not have a first-year head coach.
This year, there are eight teams that the league could force onto the show based on those guidelines: the Buffalo Bills, Chicago Bears, Arizona Cardinals, New York Giants, Jacksonville Jaguars, Oakland Raiders, St. Louis Rams and Pittsburgh Steelers.
However, Rams head coach Jeff Fisher doesn't seem to believe that his team will be asked to be on the show.
“I think it’s unlikely,” Fisher told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “We are eligible, but I think it’s highly unlikely they’d ask us to do it. I think this organization has a right to go through training camp with some normalcy.”
The Rams recently dodged another reality show bullet when seventh-round pick Michael Sam decided to delay the start of his docuseries on Oprah's OWN network. Perhaps Fisher's comments are nothing more than wishful thinking, but it appears the Rams have made progress towards ensuring some level of Fisher's "normalcy" ahead of a training camp expected to draw close attention from national media outlets. If the Rams were on Hard Knocks, Sam would be front and center for the cameras, and his storyline would likely be the focus of part of the show, something the Rams are hoping to avoid. Perhaps Fisher was already tipped off by the league that the Rams will not be on the show, but fans will have to wait and see.