It could be a hard knock life for the Rams until the franchise is fully settled in Los Angeles.
The team will be featured on HBO docuseries "Hard Knocks" during training camp and is expected to learn as soon as this week whether a plan for a "home" game in China in 2018 will become official as expected.
Already the Rams, whose move from St. Louis was approved in January, are kluging together a plan for training facilities and administrative offices while also preparing for what is left of free agency and the 2016 NFL Draft. Soon after the nomadic franchise expects to have boots on the ground for mandatory minicamp and offseason workouts.
As part of the agreement to permit owner Stan Kroenke to force his team to the Inglewood stadium location he established more than a year before, the NFL is featuring the Rams in the international series the next three seasons.
In 2019, the Rams are back to hosting all eight home games on their own turf.
"Hard Knocks" is widely popular with HBO viewers and last summer chronicled J.J. Watt and the Houston Texans. But coaches, including outspoken Texans head coach Bill O'Brien, don't always appreciate the extra eyes and ears eager to share intel with the other 31 teams in the league.
The Rams were made aware of the cards in the deck in January. Coach Jeff Fisher, born in California and school at Southern Cal, is old-school by most objective measures but is ceding control in this matter. He was previously coach of the Houston Oilers when the team moved to Nashville and became the Tennessee Titans.