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Report: Falcons a “strong contender” for Hard Knocks

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Apparently, the folks at HBO and/or NFL Films have realized that the best way to build some buzz for the eventual Hard Knocks series will be to build buzz as to the team about which the league eventually will be buzzing.

On a day when a report surfaced that the Jets are divided and a two-team Harbaugh brothers edition is being considered and the Jaguars are jazzed up about getting some/any attention, it also has been disclosed the Falcons also are a “strong contender,” according to Rich Cimini of ESPNNewYork.com.  (If there was an ESPNAtlanta.com, whomever Bristol had poached from whatever newspaper is still covering the Falcons would be pissed right now.)

There could be some disagreement within the cubicles at Flowery Branch regarding whether it makes sense to open training camp to cameras and microphones.  Falcons G.M. Thomas Dimitroff comes from the Belichick tree, which strongly discourages doing anything that in any way could undermine the effort to focus on business and maintain maximum secrecy.  (Then again, Bill Belichick was wired for all of the 2009 season.)  Falcons coach Mike Smith has twice before been exposed to the exposure that comes from Hard Knocks, with the Ravens in 2001 and the Jaguars in 2004.

(The fact that you don’t recall that the Jaguars were once the subject of the Hard Knocks series does little to enhance the franchise’s chances of getting its wish to do it again.)

Because the Jets made it to the AFC title game in the season in which they served as the subject of the most recent edition of Hard Knocks (the lockout killed the series in 2011), other teams may be willing to treat Hard Knocks as something other than kryptonite.  Indeed, Jets coach Rex Ryan has said that appearing on Hard Knocks made the team better prepared for the extra attention that comes during the postseason.

And let’s not forget the fact that the man for whom the Super Bowl trophy is named loved having cameras in camp, encouraging the NFL Films crews to pretend to shoot practices even when they had no film in the cameras.  Vince Lombardi believed that the extra attention made the players work harder.

So it appears the league will have several options for 2011.  The challenge will be to pick the right team.  If the goal is maximum ratings, the Jets are the obvious selection — especially now that it’s being reported that Ryan doesn’t want to do it.

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31 Responses to “Report: Falcons a “strong contender” for Hard Knocks”
  1. El Capitan says: Apr 11, 2012 7:29 PM

    Falcons and Jags are two of the boringest of boring teams in the league zzzzzzzzz

  2. blacknole08 says: Apr 11, 2012 7:43 PM

    Hard knocks should follow the Panthers. We are an up and coming team and have so any different personalities on the team.

    Falcons already have reality star prima donnas on their team.

  3. jjmaddog says: Apr 11, 2012 7:43 PM

    The 2001 Ravens version was one of the best. Watching Shannon Sharpe and Tony Siragusa playing practical jokes was a hoot. They should rerun that one.

  4. bobulated says: Apr 11, 2012 7:52 PM

    And for Falcons fans there is nothing wrong with being boring and competitive after suffering through decades of mediocrity with the likes of Jerry Glanville, Marion Campbell, and Jeff George as well as the debacles caused by exciting players like Dog Killa #7 and Eugene “How Much Baby?” Robinson.

  5. grandmachine says: Apr 11, 2012 8:05 PM

    Everyone wants see the Jets Circus.

  6. downslide33 says: Apr 11, 2012 8:05 PM

    And for Falcons fans there is nothing wrong with being boring and competitive after suffering through decades of mediocrity with the likes of Jerry Glanville, Marion Campbell, and Jeff George as well as the debacles caused by exciting players like Dog Killa #7 and Eugene “How Much Baby?” Robinson.

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    When are they going to get competetive????

  7. babyhorsemorgan says: Apr 11, 2012 8:14 PM

    Don’t think Panthers want to expose Newton to the cameras. As it is they don’t let him open his mouth on film without that old blond Nurse Ratched minder by his side to vet his comments. Who knows what would come out?

  8. fitzmagic1212 says: Apr 11, 2012 8:15 PM

    as a bills fan i really hope the jets end up on this show. keep killing yourselves new york

  9. jackntorres says: Apr 11, 2012 8:22 PM

    I never thought I’d see Falcons and “contender” in the same sentence.

  10. andyreiddoublecheeseburger says: Apr 11, 2012 8:24 PM

    Talk about underwhelming. Heck, I’d find the Chargers more intriguing- A.J. whining; Rivers whining; Norv staring off into space.

  11. dannyboyd22 says: Apr 11, 2012 8:27 PM

    Lions
    49ers
    Bills
    Texans
    Seahawks
    All would be good to watch.

  12. haleyistheman00 says: Apr 11, 2012 8:33 PM

    Man. Who really cares anymore

  13. mrcosio says: Apr 11, 2012 8:55 PM

    Lombardi actually hated having cameras in practices, initially he wouldn’t allow NFL films inside the Packers facilities until Ed Sabol told Lombardi he’d make him the “John Wayne” of football

  14. randallflagg52 says: Apr 11, 2012 8:56 PM

    Please god no to the Falcons. Matt Ryan is so over hyped as is I don’t want any more of him shoved in my face.

    They can be featured once Ryan wins a playoff game. We’re waiting.

  15. cuda1234 says: Apr 11, 2012 9:04 PM

    Is the profanity really necessary?

  16. kane337 says: Apr 11, 2012 9:10 PM

    No to the Jets. Been there, done that.

    Falcons would be more interesting than you think.

    My vote would be for the Dolphins. How fun would it be to see behind the scenes of that hot mess.

  17. ravenscaps48 says: Apr 11, 2012 9:31 PM

    Ravens. Terrell Suggs is the funniest man in the league. Ray Lewis (Queue The Haters/Murder References) is an amazing speaker and leader. Ed Reed is awesome and quite the practical joker himself. And Coach Harbaugh is a GREAT personality and a perfect match for the show

  18. rajbais says: Apr 11, 2012 9:34 PM

    Ever since trading for Julio Jones Thomas Dimitroff (pretty much) became stupid overnight!!!!!

  19. mike5011ad says: Apr 11, 2012 10:18 PM

    The Texans are the least hyped good team in the NFL. They didn’t have any Primetime games last year (late season Thurday night doesn’t count), and they’ve never been on Sunday Night on NBC. They’ve got some great players and some interesting ones too. They have a bunch of good guys on the team, as well as characters. No knuckleheads, though. They are a team that everyone would love if the NFL and ESPN ever talked about them…

  20. mjrcu says: Apr 11, 2012 10:23 PM

    Think it needs to be the Lions…Suh, Schwartz, Calvin Johnson, Stafford, their oft-penalized defense must have a few good characters s well

  21. voodoo4409 says: Apr 11, 2012 10:34 PM

    Hard knocks and the Falclowns is a oxymoron….this team is boring, boring, boring….with ZERO chance of ever winning a SB….hard knocks must not care about their ratings…oh yeah, GEAUX SAINTS…Second Lombardi this year!!!

  22. pksoze says: Apr 11, 2012 10:45 PM

    I’d actually like to see a Hard Knocks with the Saints.

  23. nflofficeadmin says: Apr 11, 2012 10:53 PM

    Very little national appeal.

  24. babyhorsemorgan says: Apr 11, 2012 11:48 PM

    If the camera gets in Gabbert’s face he will just say “Whoa there mother*****s!”.

  25. trubroncfan07 says: Apr 12, 2012 1:00 AM

    I am very surprised Goodell did not make the Saints do hard knocks for the next three years as punishment for the bounties.

  26. roamingabriel says: Apr 12, 2012 1:31 AM

    Obvious choice is the Aints. We can try to pick Payton out of the crowd in his disguises. He’ll be like inspector Clousseau…

  27. djaehne says: Apr 12, 2012 1:49 AM

    Has to be an East Coast team. NFL doesn’t realize there are any other teams west of New York.

  28. lionsfan415 says: Apr 12, 2012 6:19 AM

    finally the Falcons are a strong contender

  29. istuppingyourwhiteewe says: Apr 12, 2012 7:09 AM

    As long as we get a healthy dose of October Gonzalez I’m just fine with the Falcons!

  30. dirtysouthironmen says: Apr 12, 2012 7:28 PM

    (The fact that you don’t recall that the Jaguars were once the subject of the Hard Knocks series does little to enhance the franchise’s chances of getting its wish to do it again.)

    That is because they never were a part of the Hard Knocks Series. Just because your link says Hard Knocks does not make it so. Try checking the HBO website.

    The HBO series has had:
    Baltimore
    Dallasx2
    KC
    Cincy
    Jets

  31. chazsunderland says: Apr 13, 2012 1:54 PM

    I don’t remember the Jags in 04.

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