Los Angeles Rams to be featured on HBO's Hard Knocks
The Rams have been busy over the past couple of months. After finishing last season with a 7-9 record, they have repeatedly made headlines during the offseason. While cutting talent, they have added cap space and future draft picks. The bigger news is that the Rams are returning to Los Angeles for the first time since 1994 after getting approved to relocate. Now it looks like the headlines have continued to arrive for coach Jeff Fisher's team.
According to Entertainment Weekly, the Rams will be the latest team to be involved in HBO's hit series Hard Knocks. The series will look at the players and staff as they prepare for the new season ahead. Of course, the main storyline will be the team's re-transition back to Los Angeles.
Last season, J.J. Watt and the Houston Texans were the "hosts" of the series. With various outcomes that can come out of this, it looks like the new season could be a hit for HBO. In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, executive vice president of HBO Sports Peter Nelson explained his enthusiasm with the news. Nelson stated:
We are thrilled that the 11th edition of HARD KNOCKS will spotlight a team from the NFC West Division for the first time. It's exciting to chronicle a franchise with so many compelling storylines, highlighted by the team's return to the Los Angeles market and the enormously warm reception the Rams are experiencing.
Among the other storylines to take place will be the quarterback battle between Nick Foles, Case Keenum and Sean Mannion. The series will also get a taste of the young talent that the Rams have on the roster. Tavon Austin and AP Offensive Rookie of the Year Todd Gurley are just a few names worth mentioning. The latter may take Watt's spot from last year; the camera's main focus throughout its run.
Rams COO Kevin Demoff also spoke about the news according to the Los Angeles Times. He stated:
The Rams are proud to partner with NFL Films and HBO Sports to document the Rams' return to Los Angeles and the preparations for our upcoming season. HARD KNOCKS will give fans an in-depth look into our young team and provide us a unique opportunity to tell the story of this historic season."
Hard Knocks will premiere on Tuesday, August 9th at 10pm. It should be a fun season to watch, especially if the Rams improve enough to make the playoffs. It worked for the Texans. Under the bright lights of Hollywood, the Rams will be ready for their close-up.