With HBO's Hard Knocks keeping tabs on the Rams' first camp back in Los Angeles this summer, there's seemingly a lot of pressure on the players -- and head coach Jeff Fisher -- to make a strong impression.
Second-year wide receiver Deon Long, who went undrafted in 2015, made an impression during the debut episode of the documentary series this week, but not for the right reasons. During the premiere, Fisher told his players that his two rules for camp were to be on time and no visitors in the dorms. Later in the episode, Fisher called Long into his office and reminded him of the latter policy before asking why Long had brought a woman into his dorm at camp, held at UC-Irvine.
Long, 25, tried to finagle his way out of trouble -- explaining that it was before curfew and wasn't going to let the woman stay -- but, ultimately, Fisher held firm and told the wideout that he was going to be released thanks to his violation of team policy.
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"What part did you not understand?" Fisher asked Long. "Sorry, but this is our world, man. We have rules and we have to abide by them. I thought I made myself really clear."
If that message wasn't strong enough on its own, Fisher addressed the team later in the episode and didn't beat around the bush.
"I'm not [expletive] going 7-9 or 8-8 or 9-7…we have too much talent here for that. We had some 7-9 [expletive] this morning and we can't have that...Deon is gone. That is 7-9 [expletive] and we don't need it."
Long may not have made a strong impression, but Fisher certainly made sure he was going to do his best to. As for the wide receiver, he has since signed with the Philadelphia Eagles. Hopefully they've got a less strict visitors policy at their camp.