This website is starting a bit late partially because this season of Hard Knocks was boring as hell. I planned to start writing by following the series, but the material just wasn’t there. I like Jeff Fisher…he seems like a well meaning guy, but watching his team was like watching paint dry. They also had an episode where part of it was actually watching paint dry…on the field. While this season of Hard Knocks was boring overall, there were a few notable characters:
I’m sure a lot has been written about William Hayes at this point, but William Hayes was definitely the breakout star of this season. William Hayes believes in mermaids, but not dinosaurs. His reason for not believing in dinosaurs is because no person, to his knowledge, has ever seen one. He was taken to a museum with fossils and whatnot to prove to him that dinosaurs existed. Unfortunately, the museum actually looked like it was terrible and William was not convinced. Being a New Yorker, I have to believe that if William was taken to the Museum of Natural History, he might have changed his mind, but I digress. William has never seen a dinosaur, there are no real pictures of dinosaurs, therefore, dinosaurs never existed…but William believes in mermaids. Now, I have never seen a mermaid and I highly doubt William has ever seen a mermaid. I would actually be hard pressed to find anyone who can say they have seen a mermaid, other than Ariel, the Little Mermaid, but according to William mermaids most definitely exist. William Hayes is a great football player, but when his career in the NFL is over, he may want to consider going on to one of the many nature shows out now. Planet Earth seems like a clear winner to me. He will really see some shit that blows his mind.
Eric Kush wasn’t really interesting, but he was sweet and funny. He also seemed like the only one on the show that was truly appreciative to be in LA. Eric loves tank tops and could literally wear them all year round if the Rams picked him up. Sadly they didn’t; however, I was happy to see that another team did because he seemed to genuinely love football and love playing it. However the team that got him was the Chicago Bears, which I think has to be a conundrum for Eric. No offense to anyone in these organizations, but both of these teams are the definition of average. Neither has a real quarterback, neither usually makes the playoffs, but they always play just well enough to not get a super high draft pick. If Eric’s focus was on winning, he won’t do that in LA or Chicago, but at least in LA he could wear his tank tops. Chicago is too cold for all that.
Austin Hill himself was not super interesting, but his family was so adorable! His girlfriend was super sweet and his daughter was the cutest and also the most mischievous. On the last episode, they were all playing a game and she was caught cheating red handed. The best part about it was her attempted cover-up. She saw her card, knew the answer, but asked fake questions to hide her mischief. That child is smart and spirited and who doesn’t love a smart and spirited child. I looked up Austin and unfortunately, it doesn’t appear that any one has picked him up, but hopefully someone will. He previously bounced around a few teams and genuinely seemed let down that he didn’t make the roster or the practice squad. He seems like a good guy and who doesn’t want to see a good guy win.
Which brings us to Lamarcus Joyner. Lamarcus Joyner is a cornerback for the Rams. How he made the team is beyond me for various reasons. First, Lamarcus is small. At 5’8″ 194 lbs, I can’t see how he’s going to succeed when all of the receivers and tight ends in the league are getting bigger and bigger, but Jeff Fisher knows better than me. Second, Lamarcus seems like kind of an asshole. In the last two episodes, Lamarcus had two different temper tantrums. The first was because he didn’t get any reps on that day. The second was because he was still pissed about not getting any reps on the previous day. He sat out from practice the first time and just plain didn’t show up to practice the second time. Jeff Fisher called him into his office, which I thought was because he wanted to fire him. But no. Lamarcus essentially ranted about how he doesn’t need this job or his $1.2 million dollar annual salary and he could go get a job at Walmart if he wanted to (this man really said Walmart) because he wasn’t playing for the money. He was playing for the love of the game. He then went on to essentially say, if the Rams didn’t make him a starter, he would quit. Now, I find this problematic and disrespectful for a few reasons. First, there are men clawing and fighting to make it on this team and not just on the active roster, but also just on the practice squad. The part I hate to watch on Hard Knocks is the cuts, because it’s clear these men are really disappointed. Lamarcus is blessed to even have a chance in the league and to treat the opportunity in such a cavalier fashion really bothered me. Also, if the reason you are acting like a whiny baby is because you love the game, you want to play and you aren’t sure you’re going to be a starter, then why would you say that you are happy to go work at Walmart? If I were Jeff Fisher, I would’ve said, OK, good luck at Walmart bitch. But I am not Jeff Fisher and Jeff Fisher is more zen than me. Jeff Fisher seems like a good coach, but I don’t think he handled this situation well. The level of insubordination Lamarcus showed seemed reason enough to me to be fired. That level of insubordination is unacceptable no matter how good you are at your job and it remains to be seen how good Lamarcus actually is. I wish I would tell my boss to essentially screw herself and not show up to work. I would be gone so quick and I’m actually good at my job. Also, what sort of message does keeping Lamarcus send to your other players? I looked up Lamarcus as well and it seems that working at Walmart was not going to fly with his momma.
The Rams facilities look like shit
Watching how this move affects the team will be interesting
Jeff Fisher is the most kind and gentle coach I have ever seen
I hope this average Hard Knocks season isn’t foreshadowing the Rams potential average 8 and 8 season.