HBO ‘Hard Knocks’ Episode 4: Rock, paper, scissors means Gullickson knows who’ll get cut

RockRock Gullickson, the Rams’ seventh-season strength and conditioning coach, was conditioned to keep checking his cell phone.
“These days, cuts are high tech,” says HBO “Hard Knocks’ narrator Liev Schreiber. “If your name is in his in-box, you’re out the door.”
Earlier in Tuesday’s fourth episode of the documentary series chronicling the Rams’ return to Los Angeles, assistant coach Brandon Fisher, son of the head coach, drove a golf cart through the local Irvine In-N-Out and placed a $76 order.
The order of the week for his father Jeff Fisher and the Rams, per NFL rules, was to cut down from 90 to 75 players after Saturday’s exhibition game in Denver.
HBOHardKnocks1By 5:50 a.m. Sunday, just hours after the flight home, there was HBO’s cameras following around Gullickson, a man so admired by Brett Favre that he was mentioned in the Green Bay Packers quarterback’s recent Hall of Fame induction speech, doing the otherwise thankless job of having to inform a player that “coach wants to see you.”
The Rams didn’t release their cuts until Tuesday morning, hours before they had to do it. Some media members knew of them by Monday night and reported it. But HBO had it down before anyone, able to capture the array of intense, emotional moments that some of the 15 players experienced who didn’t make it to Week 4 of the exhibition season.
It made up only about 10 minutes of the hour-long show, and was saved for the end, but the build-up to that moment was going to happen and everyone knew it, especially those who’ve seen the previous 10 seasons of the HBO series.

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  • Norwegian Blue

    I love football. I DVR every episode of this show. And then I watch about 5 minutes before I delete the recording. The profanity is so off-putting, constant and unrelenting. No wonder Belichick wins so much. All the other coaches have double digit IQ’s and know five words. Thank God “Inside the NFL” started up this week…