Jeff Fisher: Rams on 'Hard Knocks' highly unlikely


Jeff Fisher doesn't expect his St. Louis Rams to be the subject of this season's edition of HBO's "Hard Knocks" series.

"I think it's unlikely," Fisher told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Jim Thomas on Monday. "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."

Following the selection of Michael Sam, the NFL's first openly gay player, the Rams became fodder for the show's possible featured team.

The Rams are one of eight teams the NFL can appoint (regardless of objections) based on three criteria: they do not have a new head coach, they haven't made the playoffs in the last two years and they haven't participated in the series in the previous 10 seasons.

The list of potential teams (not considering possible volunteers):

Arizona Cardinals
Buffalo Bills
Chicago Bears
Jacksonville Jaguars
New York Giants
Oakland Raiders
Pittsburgh Steelers
St. Louis Rams

After the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) decided to postpone the docuseries on Sam, it's clear the Rams would like as little distractions as possible.

Given that Fisher is on the competition committee and highly respected within the league, his comments about "Hard Knocks" can be viewed more as a request of the series' decision-makers than some other coaching protests to the show.

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