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Falcons welcome Bengals, but won’t wear mikes


The Falcons are opening their doors to the Bengals for two days of joint practices, and they know that means a television crew is coming with them.

But after turning down a chance to do Hard Knocks themselves last year, the Falcons aren’t eager to have cameo roles in the HBO show.

We will not have any of our players miked,” Falcons coach Mike Smith said, via the Associated Press. ”This show is about the Cincinnati Bengals.”

Even Falcons receiver Roddy White, who is rarely shy about expressing his opinions, said he wanted to be careful.

”I’m not really a miked-up guy,” White said. ”I just like to come out here and practice. I don’t want them to hear what I’m saying because I don’t want them to say it on TV. We’ll be going over signals and things like that, so I don’t want to give away our calls early in the season. . . .

”The only thing we talked about was not getting in a fight to give anything to the cameras to tune in and watch on HBO. ‘That’s about it.”

Bengals coach Marvin Lewis talked to Smith about the show and its logistical challenges, and Smith has some background as he was on the Ravens and Jaguars staffs when they starred in the show.

But after avoiding the show previously, the Falcons hope to get through the next few days without turning into accidental stars.

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13 Responses to “Falcons welcome Bengals, but won’t wear mikes”
  1. cootschaos says: Aug 5, 2013 7:58 AM

    Smart, well run team.

  2. rutchaser says: Aug 5, 2013 8:04 AM

    After saying the jury members should kill themselves I wouldn’t want anyone to hear me talk if I was Roddy either.

  3. giantsfanlewis says: Aug 5, 2013 8:08 AM

    They don’t wanna be miked up in gear someone may hear one of their players using a racial slur…

  4. Kaz says: Aug 5, 2013 8:14 AM

    Who knew Hard Knocks aired signals? Sounds a little paranoid to me. Maybe they don’t realize “mikes” are everywhere and will pick up convos without having to have a player actually “miked”. It should be a good episode (with or without ATL).

  5. tcmiller30 says: Aug 5, 2013 8:36 AM

    I always thought it was mic, not mike.. you know.. like MICrophone.

  6. lightcleric says: Aug 5, 2013 9:37 AM

    So telling people to kill themselves is okay for Roddy, but putting a microphone on just crosses a line.

  7. joetoronto says: Aug 5, 2013 10:06 AM

    Good move. Leave the mics for the jokers, the Cincinnati Bungals.

  8. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Aug 5, 2013 11:49 AM

    Scrutiny from Cooper incident has got them all nervous.

  9. crownofthehelmet says: Aug 5, 2013 12:02 PM

    I think Marvin Lewis doesn’t want the Falcons mic’d, hearing all that laughter wouldn’t be good for the Bengals stellar image.

  10. ufojoe1 says: Aug 5, 2013 12:31 PM

    Haven’t they heard of a parabolic mic? All conversations can be heard and the player doesn’t have to be wearing a mic.

  11. jbro3169 says: Aug 5, 2013 1:30 PM

    @joetoronto You always have such great incite. I wish I liked my team as much as you obviously hate the Bengals. Also I don’t remember the Jags being on Hard Knocks?

  12. natijim235 says: Aug 5, 2013 9:27 PM

    no wonder why no mic – rodney white can’t string an intelligent sentence together

  13. jamal1971 says: Aug 6, 2013 7:21 AM

    @joetoronto no one wants to see or care about Oakland. Oakland ls a joke of NFL-now and forever.

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