Rams HC Jeff Fisher told reporters on Monday that although they are one of the teams who could be selected by the league to appear on HBO’s “Hard Knocks,” it’s “highly unlikely” they will be on the show this year.
“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.”
This comes just a few days after they met with seventh-round pick Michael Sam to discuss his decision to film a documentary about being the first openly gay player in the NFL. Sam has already decided to table the project for now.
The NFL now has the ability to choose a team to appear on the show if they meet a certain criteria which includes: no playoff appearance in the last two years, do not have a new head coach, and haven’t appeared on the show in 10 years.
After factoring in these three factors, the Bears, Giants, Bills, Cardinals, Jaguars, Raiders, Rams and Steelers are the teams that can be forced to participate in Hard Knocks this year.
However, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell recently told reporters a few months ago on that “several” teams were interested in being featured on the show this year.
“There were a lot of discussions with clubs at the March meeting [in Orlando, Fla.],” said Goodell, via Adam Jahns of the Chicago Sun-Times.
“There are several clubs that are interested in doing this. I just don’t have an update on which club, whether it’s going to be a volunteer or if it’s somebody who is going to have to fulfill the obligation. But I’m sure that decision will be made pretty soon.”
Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reports that four teams are currently being considered as of now, but he doesn’t say who they are.
We’ll have more regarding who could be featured on this year’s show as the news is available.