If you watch HBO’s ‘Hard Knocks’ then good for you. To me, the show is just regurgitated b-roll of water sprinklers and the head coach’s office before someone gets cut.
Wash. Rinse. Repeat.
The storylines themselves are as generic as they are played out and seem to get more boring with each passing year.
None of that withstanding, the choice for the participating team in 2016 came as no surprise when the NFL announced on Wednesday that it would be the newly minted Los Angeles Rams. The organization’s upheaval from St. Louis was controversial over the offseason, and it should have been clear as day the NFL would maximize that press.
But aside from that, actually no, that included, this is an awful idea.
Sean Payton says Hard Knocks has become repetitive: “Just switch the team and let’s cut to a sprinkler in a 100-degree heat.”
— Andrew Perloff (@andrewperloff) March 24, 2016
The Rams are without a doubt the most boring franchise in all of sport. I honestly have no idea where they are going to generate as storylines within a franchise that is more basic than your average customer at Pinkberry.
Sure, they’ll leverage the team being in LA. But that’s not a storyline, at least not a training camp one. It’s literally just going to be, “OK, we’re here now, we used to be there but now we’re not so we have to acclimate ourselves to preparing here.”
And they’re going to do it over and over and over again to the point that cameras are going to pan the LA skyline like a terrible Housewives show on Bravo.
I’ll get this out of the way first, I’ll watch Todd Gurley. But remember, ‘Hard Knocks’ has never been as much about the talent of a player as it’s the personality of a player.
So, I suppose Jeff Fisher isn’t a terrible head coach to be featured, but his personality is more dry wit humor than it is overly brash “fuck you” like Rex Ryan or Bill O’Brien of seasons past. It could still work.
The lone player on the Rams who would have been perfect for this was Chris Long. Unfortunately, he was released this offseason. Long, the brother of Bears’ lineman Kyle Long (also, yes, son of Howie), is known for being one of football’s elite when it comes to usable quotes.
And don’t even get me started on the quarterback battle in LA next season. If you thought Brian Hoyer vs. Ryan Mallett was miserable in 2015, Case Keenum vs. Nick Foles is probably 15 times worse.
If I wanted to watch two quarterbacks duke it out for a starting job I didn’t care about I’d rewatch season three of Friday Night Lights with a whiny Matt Saracen and douchebag JD McCoy.
‘Hard Knocks’ had to set up shop somewhere for 2016 and with the move to Los Angeles the Rams were the most obvious choice. But not all obvious choices are the right ones.
This season is going to blow and I can’t even blame the city of St. Louis for that anymore.