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As if they need another, Rams don’t want “Hard Knocks” to be a distraction

Los Angeles Rams Rookie Camp

OXNARD, CA - MAY 06: Head coach Jeff Fisher of the Los Angeles Rams takes to the field during a Los Angeles Rams rookie camp on May 06, 2016 in Oxnard, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

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Nothing about the Rams’ move to Los Angeles has been subtle, so the fact they seem eager to be on “Hard Knocks” isn’t much of a surprise.

So Rams coach Jeff Fisher said he’s done his due diligence, talked to other coaches about what the HBO reality show entails, before declaring it the opposite of a distraction.

We want this to be the best show to date,” Fisher said, via Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times. “We want to pave the way for the member clubs to line up for the opportunity to do this. . . . The players are familiar, they understand what’s ahead, we’ve talked to the coaches and they’re excited.”

Of course, he was quick to point out: “We want them to be football players, not actors.”

For the most part, their players seemed on board, though punter Johnny Hekker had a concern about the 24-7 presence of NFL Films cameras documenting their every move.

“I’ve got to make sure,” Hekker said, “that my grandmother doesn’t have to hear me bleeped out.”

The Rams offer plenty of material, with their move to California and bold move to take a quarterback first overall in the draft coupled with an itinerant existence the next few months, bouncing from place to place to train and have camps. But they take solace in the fact that the last six teams to do the show have equaled or bettered their record from the year before, with four of them making the playoffs.

So that means Fisher’s traditional seven or eight wins (which he’s managed in 10 of his 21 NFL seasons) are still in play here.