Violating team rules will almost certainly draw the ire of your head coach, especially when it's a coach as strict as Jeff Fisher.
The Los Angeles Rams' decision to release second-year receiver Deon Long at the beginning of training camp went mostly under the radar. Unfortunately for him, the real reason for his dismissal from the team has now been found out, and it is quite unflattering.
During Tuesday's season premier of HBO's "Hard Knocks," it was revealed that Long violated a team rule that prohibits visitors in dorms. Long brought a woman to the team's dorms during training camp and he was subsequently cut.
"What part did you not understand?" Fisher asked Long, according to ESPN. "Sorry, but this is our world, man. We have rules and we have to abide by them. I thought I made myself really clear."
With reference to the clear focus on avoiding another season of mediocrity, Fisher addressed Long's release in a team meeting thereafter.
"I'm not f-----g going 7-9 or 8-8 or 9-7... we have too much talent here for that," he said on the popular HBO series. "We had some 7-9 b------t this morning and we can't have that. Deon is gone. That is 7-9 b------t and we don't need it."
Long, an undrafted free agent in 2015, joined the Rams' practice squad late last season. He managed to get a second opportunity with the Philadelphia Eagles just days after receiving his release.