Just a few days after Falcons G.M. Thomas Dimitroff hinted that his team may be ready for the scrutiny of Hard Knocks on HBO, coach Mike Smith shut the idea down.
Smith told Scott Hanson of NFL Network that the team had internal discussions about the possibility, but ultimately came to the decision they won’t participate in the show this year.
Perhaps Smith, like most coaches, wasn’t that enthusiastic. Perhaps the Falcons wouldn’t have been asked anyhow. (PFT Planet would rather see the Saints.)
Sadly, it’s also very possible there won’t even be a season of Hard Knocks this year, barring some unexpected movement in the labor dispute.