“We wanted to wait until we had more information with respect to the offseason program, locations for training camp, and potential locations for the permanent facility, and to get all the players together for one meeting,” Fisher said. “And that’s what took place this morning,”
“We had probably 80 percent of our roster here today,” Fisher added. “When we announced the meeting probably a month or so ago, we had guys call [to say], ‘Well I’m on a cruise,’ or, ‘I’m at a wedding.’ And that’s OK. We’ll get the information to them. It was certainly not a mandatory meeting.”
“It wouldn’t have been possible if it weren’t for the effort of the management council and the players’ association because these things are not permissible prior to the offseason program,” Fisher said. “So we had numerous discussions with them, they were both represented in the meeting, and I thought we got a lot accomplished.”
One of the most significant pieces of news the players learned was where the team will hold its offseason program. The Rams will occupy the Cowboys’ facility northwest of L.A. in Oxnard starting in April, but will vacate it after the end of OTAs in June, as Dallas comes in for training camp.
“It’s an ideal situation for us. The Cowboys have been very cooperative. We’re going to upgrade that facility along with them, because they’re coming back for camp,” Fisher said. “We’re looking at the UC Irvine facility for training camp. And that’s looking good, we just haven’t nailed down our temporary facility [for the regular season].”
As for the players themselves, defensive tackle
“They’re a little bit sad to be leaving what’s familiar. But I think the sunshine and sandy beaches aren’t too bad to have waiting ahead of you. So I think people are excited about that,” Hekker said.
This kind of transition can be difficult for any team to go through, but Fisher said the close-knit nature of the Rams may help the squad rally to success.
“We’re going to spend a lot of time together, you know? We’ve got a lot to get through. But this is a unique team,” Fisher said. “It’s a great locker room. They’re going to pull for each other, they’re going to help each other. And so I think as we move through this process and look to get settled, we can use this to our advantage.”
“it’s definitely going to be a team-building experience,” linebacker
And that feeds into the optimism the entire team is feeling when it comes to returning the Rams to Los Angeles.
“This is an incredible opportunity for everyone on the team and our families,” quarterback