Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times reports that the Rams will be featured on HBO’s “Hard Knocks” this year.
“It’s clear both in Southern California and nationwide there’s significant interest in the return of the Rams to Los Angeles, and it seemed like a very good year to give people a look at our franchise and our players,” said Kevin Demoff, Rams chief operating officer.
“We have one of the youngest teams, a lot of talented players — back-to-back rookies of the year — that we want people to start to get exposure to. What better way to do that than ‘Hard Knocks’?”
“This was the perfect team at the perfect time,” NFL Films coordinating producer Ken Rodgers said. “It’s such a historic moment in NFL history, and one that NFL Films hasn’t really documented in the past.
“Previous teams that have moved, it wasn’t something that we had covered fully like we’re going to cover the Rams. What we try to do on the show is find a team that’s going on a mission, that’s going somewhere. Having a team that’s not only trying to get somewhere but is also physically moving just adds to the drama of training camp.”
There was talk that the Saints could be forced to do the show, given that they were one of seven teams that met the qualifications. However, it appears as though the Rams stepped up and agreed to be a part of the project.
The other teams who could have been forced to appear on “Hard Knocks” includes the Bills, Jaguars, Raiders, Chargers, and Bears.