Rams coach Jeff Fisher learned that after the first episode of the HBO “Hard Knocks” documentary series aired Tuesday night, capturing him using some R-rated language, Steve Dilbeck of ESPN.com reports. The next day, a phone call came.
“I got one of these yesterday, ‘Jeffrey!'” Fisher said Thursday. “This is from Mom. So I said, ‘Sorry, Mom. That’s our world. I’ll try to do better.'”
“When I hear ‘Jeffrey!’ It’s uh-oh. Something went wrong.”
The segment in question captured Fisher addressing the Rams in a morning meeting before the second day of practice. In the opening practice, star receiver Tavon Austin had been carted off when he cramped up after eating only two bananas at lunch. Then he cut receiver Deon Long for having a female guest in his room.
“Little things are important, you follow me?” Fisher said. “I am not f—ing going 7-9 or 8-8 or 9-7, OK? Or 10-6 for that matter. This team is too talented. I am not going to settle for that, OK? I know what I am doing. We had some 7-9 bulls— this morning. Now, Deon’s gone. That is 7-9 bulls—. We don’t need it.”
The Rams went 7-9 last season. Some wondered just how far he would continue his countdown, how high his expectations for this team.
“Part of the whole process is inviting them in to the meeting rooms,” Fisher said Thursday. “But there are spontaneous things that come up, that, as coaches, you have to go and address. So I addressed something that took place in the morning and wanted to get my point across. People can read into whatever they want. But that was me talking to the team as if the cameras weren’t there. I was OK with what I said.
“I stopped at that point. I could have gone on. You don’t know that I didn’t go on because there’s an edit guy there. So there’s a lot of stuff that takes place that is edited.”