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Falcons selected for HBO’s “Hard Knocks”

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The newest season of “Hard Knocks” will follow a club that got knocked around quite a bit a season ago.

The Atlanta Falcons will be profiled by HBO’s “Hard Knocks,” the annual summer documentary that follows one NFL team through training camp and the preseason, the club said Thursday.

The Falcons have never before been selected for “Hard Knocks,” which enters its ninth season. According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media, the club “volunteered” to be on the show.

“We are excited about the opportunity to give our fans a behind the scenes look at what it takes to prepare an NFL team for the rigors of a 16-game regular season and beyond,” Falcons owner Arthur Blank said Thursday in a team-issued statement.

The Falcons are seeking to bounce back after a disastrous 4-12 campaign in 2013. The club had made the postseason the previous three seasons and went all the way to the NFL title game in 2012.

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85 Responses to “Falcons selected for HBO’s “Hard Knocks””
  1. joshmac982 says: Jun 12, 2014 12:46 PM

    No QB Competition. No Compelling rookies. No Players with personality.

    Solid Choice

  2. Steeley McBeam says: Jun 12, 2014 12:48 PM

    Better than the Dolphins. And probably the Bengals. Although James Harrison was a beast on that show.

  3. cutlersecondchin says: Jun 12, 2014 12:48 PM

    Bears would of been far more interesting. At least it is better than Jags or Jets.

  4. wlsco says: Jun 12, 2014 12:49 PM

    Watching the Raiders would probably be more interesting

  5. scrp2 says: Jun 12, 2014 12:50 PM

    The most boring team. A ratings disaster. Show might get cancelled, YAY!

  6. dumbpollack says: Jun 12, 2014 12:50 PM

    Not a shock. Blank likes to be on camera…..a lot

  7. intelligent cement says: Jun 12, 2014 12:51 PM

    Mike Tice.
    That is all.

  8. bearsnoah says: Jun 12, 2014 12:52 PM

    Boring choice

  9. jrobitzski says: Jun 12, 2014 12:53 PM

    This might be worse than the Bengals.

  10. jvelvet72 says: Jun 12, 2014 12:53 PM


  11. joemontanawasthegreatest says: Jun 12, 2014 12:54 PM


  12. scw37 says: Jun 12, 2014 12:55 PM

    Way to step up and be team player, Atlanta…didn’t want my team on that garbage

  13. bassplucker says: Jun 12, 2014 12:56 PM

    Good. Keep that circus away from my team.

  14. PeterKingLovesCoqAVin says: Jun 12, 2014 12:56 PM

    Even the biggest Falcons fans don’t remember them going to the “NFL title game” in 2012.

  15. casurferho says: Jun 12, 2014 12:56 PM

    Worse than bengals? That was a great show , Atlanta has to be most boring team in league

  16. channer81 says: Jun 12, 2014 12:56 PM

    Its getting to the point where every team will eventually do Hard Knocks. The peer pressure of everyone else having done it will start forcing hands..

  17. joeflaccoallday says: Jun 12, 2014 12:58 PM

    This is going to be dry. Should of been Chicago or New York.

  18. yeslock says: Jun 12, 2014 1:00 PM

    Hmm I’m pretty sure it was the Ravens and Niners that were in the “NFL Title Game” in 2012

  19. marvsleezy says: Jun 12, 2014 1:01 PM

    The NFL should just pick whatever team they think would be best, then notify that team – NO CHOICE.

    What if a team thinks that Monday night football is a distraction? Too bad, its not up to you!!

  20. hakunamangata says: Jun 12, 2014 1:01 PM

    Great now when I watch HBO I won’t know if it’s Hard Knocks with Matt Ryan or Donkey from Shrek without hitting guide

  21. mattryansnoodlearm says: Jun 12, 2014 1:01 PM

    Someone should remind them that they won 4 games last season…

  22. theclink12 says: Jun 12, 2014 1:04 PM

    Boring coach with zero personality….boring quarterback with zero personality….geez can’t wait for episode 1.


  23. marvsleezy says: Jun 12, 2014 1:05 PM

    As a coach I despise Hard Knocks. With all the cameras at practice, our guys cant learn the playbook, and they cant run as fast. How can we possibly be a good football team with cameras at practice? These cameras cause guys to miss blocks and it decreases the QB’s accuracy.

    Just kidding, actually guys try HARDER when they know that a dropped pass in an otherwise meaningless practice could be on HBO.

  24. jamaltimore says: Jun 12, 2014 1:05 PM

    YAWN. The people in Atlanta don’t even want to watch them.

  25. johnnyjagfan says: Jun 12, 2014 1:08 PM

    Since I live in the ATL I’m a Falcons season ticket holder because I can’t go to JAX eight weekends every fall. I’m pretty excited. The Falcons need a new vibe. Lots of compelling storylines. They need to sell some season tickets. This is a good Arthur Blank-business decision.

  26. abreathofsanity says: Jun 12, 2014 1:10 PM

    Will Matt Ryan find true love? Find out on next week’s hard knocks.

  27. bassplucker says: Jun 12, 2014 1:11 PM

    The only reason I can see the Falcons being a compelling story is to see how they handle coming back from a season where they were without question one of the 2 or 3 most disappointing teams in the league. For a team with that much talent to have been drafting as high as they did this year is absurd.

    That, plus the fact that they’re already down a starting veteran LB (Witherspoon) with no apparent replacement in the pipeline, so there’s some built-in drama there to start with.

  28. rwhite84 says: Jun 12, 2014 1:11 PM

    This show should have been cancelled the second JJ Watt said he learned the Dolphins snap count from watching it.

  29. iamkillerfin says: Jun 12, 2014 1:13 PM

    HBO should just give it up already, no team even wants ’em there & personally the show id NOT that great anyway!!!

  30. rwhite84 says: Jun 12, 2014 1:13 PM

    Also for the people who claim no personality, or interesting rookies – Roddy White? One of the leagues top trash talkers, was smiling for his mug shot. William Moore? For the rookies we have Shembo who was an acquitted rapist, and the acquitment is still questioned today.

  31. canetic says: Jun 12, 2014 1:15 PM

    Wow, I didn’t think there was a team I wouldn’t want to watch on Hard Knocks. And then they pick the Falcons. Nice play, Goodell.

  32. chiadam says: Jun 12, 2014 1:16 PM

    Is the fascination with football so out of hand that people have to watch players stretch and sit in ice tubs? It’s the same exact thing every year: profile random assistant coach that yells a lot, profile random assistant coach that is old, profile bums that will get cut, spotlight star players in their homes packing, mix in shots of field being painted and facemasks being screwed onto helmets. It was interesting the first season. Now it’s stupid.

  33. lifeistoughtrustmeimadolphinsfan says: Jun 12, 2014 1:18 PM

    How insanely boring of a pick… Guess I won’t be watching this yearrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr. Sorry, I fell asleep just thinking about 5 weeks of sheer terrible television.

  34. politicallyincorrect says: Jun 12, 2014 1:20 PM

    Falcons are a boring team….. sounds like this show is done…..

  35. clashpoint says: Jun 12, 2014 1:22 PM

    Oh thank goodness it wasn’t my team. As much as I would have enjoyed getting more coverage on them, and as an NFL junkie I’d have loved every minute of it, I’m so glad it’s someone else. I can’t see this being good for the team itself. I want my team to win and giving every other team a free scouting report won’t help with that.

  36. gacoltfan says: Jun 12, 2014 1:29 PM

    Several Falcons players live in my neighborhood. I am going to be interested in seeing how their on camera personalities match up with what I see off camera.

  37. antalicus says: Jun 12, 2014 1:30 PM

    Aren’t all of their exciting players gone (Tony Gonzales) or nursing injuries? Recast!

  38. boudinhider says: Jun 12, 2014 1:32 PM

    5 weeks of the Failcants prepping for the beat down the Saints are gonna give them in week 1. Excellent.

  39. saintswillwin says: Jun 12, 2014 1:34 PM

    It will be hilarious watching the failclowns trembling in their cleats knowing they have to face the Saints Game 1!!

  40. liddogg33 says: Jun 12, 2014 1:34 PM


    Go hawks!!!!

  41. fwippel says: Jun 12, 2014 1:35 PM

    It’s a shame that the NFL requires teams to be subjected to this nonsense.

  42. steves11 says: Jun 12, 2014 1:39 PM

    Chip Kelly will probably quit his job if the Eagles ever get “selected” to be on Hard Knocks.

  43. schmitty2 says: Jun 12, 2014 1:39 PM

    Maybe Roddy can disclose how he is able to commit offensive pass interference every other play…and still get away with it.

  44. classyjacklambert says: Jun 12, 2014 1:48 PM

    Sweet we can hear more about Roddy White saying he “is not a man” as he continuously puts his foot in his mouth via twitter…

  45. jeffcfalcon says: Jun 12, 2014 1:50 PM

    I was reading some comments and all i can say is what a bunch of jealous whinners on this site. You people sound like a bunch of saints fans wishing your lame cheating team was on Hard Knocks. haha I am excited and hoping this gets my Falcons fired up and ready to kick some butt this season. GO FALCONS!!!!!

  46. daburgher says: Jun 12, 2014 1:52 PM

    probably the only team that didnt put up a fight, but wow, what an extremely boring pick for fans

  47. sdo4540 says: Jun 12, 2014 1:53 PM

    Thank god it isn’t the Cards,BA would likely flip his wig if they had to do it.

  48. fordmandalay says: Jun 12, 2014 1:55 PM

    And the entire country said in unison; “Who cares about the Falcons?”

  49. radrntn says: Jun 12, 2014 1:59 PM

    zzzzz,zzzzzzz,zzzzzzzz,zzzzzzzz,zzzzzzz, wake me when when they get off their play 360 bus

  50. schmitty2 says: Jun 12, 2014 2:11 PM

    jeffcfalcon says:Jun 12, 2014 1:50 PM

    I was reading some comments and all i can say is what a bunch of jealous whinners on this site. You people sound like a bunch of saints fans wishing your lame cheating team was on Hard Knocks. haha I am excited and hoping this gets my Falcons fired up and ready to kick some butt this season. GO FALCONS!!!!!

    You’ve got us are spot on. We are jealous whiners because your team is on Hard Knocks. Good call buddy!

  51. kylexitron says: Jun 12, 2014 2:13 PM


    the most uninteresting team in the league.

  52. mattryansnoodlearm says: Jun 12, 2014 2:24 PM

    Not that they were gonna win the Super Bowl, but just a fun fact. No team that has done hard knocks has won a Super Bowl in that season. That should tell you something.

  53. touchdownroddywhite says: Jun 12, 2014 2:28 PM

    Being the most boring team in the league is better than being a dysfunctional circus…

  54. boisestatewhodat says: Jun 12, 2014 2:29 PM

    Saints fans everywhere are laughing hysterically…this is the first I’ve heard of an owner actually volunteering for this.

  55. scottyhammer says: Jun 12, 2014 2:32 PM

    Well, at least we’ll get to watch O$i Umenyioria riding the stationary bike…. *yawn*

  56. jgedgar70 says: Jun 12, 2014 2:34 PM

    Falcons selected for HBO’s “Hard Knocks”

    Good. Every team that has appeared on this show has wound up in Fred Sanford’s junkyard. Thanks for making repeating as division winner a little easier for the Panthers.

  57. ilovefoolsball says: Jun 12, 2014 2:51 PM

    Are they going to try to resurrect Tony Gonzalez with the promise of going to the superbowl again? That worked out great last year!!


    p.s. It also worked great for Brett Favre with the Vikings.

    P.S.S. The Falcons and Vikings are responsible for the sad endings of two legendary player’s careers.

  58. thetruthcampaign says: Jun 12, 2014 2:52 PM

    So, the Falcons must be predicted to suck this season.

  59. jredshoes says: Jun 12, 2014 2:56 PM

    It will be kind of cool to see Pioli picking up gum wrappers. If you don’t know what that means ask anyone who follows the Chiefs

  60. I'm Judgemental says: Jun 12, 2014 3:02 PM

    Hard Knocks has no connection to a team’s on field production, go and read Grantland’s piece on that gross misperception. My question is, why are there so many haters of this show? I find it extremely compelling getting such an inside look on an nfl team, regardless of the team they’re covering.

  61. dzor22 says: Jun 12, 2014 3:05 PM

    johmac982- Do you mean Atlanta players are boring or have no personality because none of them get arrested for stealing anything or killing anybody?

  62. lukedunphysscienceproject says: Jun 12, 2014 3:06 PM

    First of all, everyone will watch. Everyone on here saying “they finally picked a team I won’t watch on Hard Knocks” is kidding themselves. It’s football, it’s on, you’ll watch.

    With that out of the way, I have that there is absolutely no way this even close to HBOs first choice.

  63. omegalh says: Jun 12, 2014 3:36 PM

    On a side note: Falcons just signed Tebow, Ocho, T.O., and Deion to camp tryouts.

  64. mcjon22 says: Jun 12, 2014 3:39 PM

    Steeley McBeam says:
    Jun 12, 2014 12:48 PM
    Better than the Dolphins. And probably the Bengals. Although James Harrison was a beast on that show.”

    Miami arguably had the best ‘Hard knocks’ series yet. Seeing Ocho Cinco getting cut, the players speaking out against it, Vontae Davis getting traded and then crying ‘I wanna call my Grandma’, Gerrard injuring his knee, Tannehill winning the competition…by far the most interesting and entertaining hard knocks I’ve watched

  65. tigersfandan says: Jun 12, 2014 3:45 PM

    Hopefully this flops and the show is cancelled. Roger Goodell would no longer be able to strong-arm teams into participating, as has been threatened in the past.

  66. jackburton77 says: Jun 12, 2014 3:49 PM

    Grass growing would rather watch paint drying than Hard Knock this year! Visual ambien…yuck

  67. gacoltfan says: Jun 12, 2014 3:54 PM

    mcjon22 – I don’t think it was the most interesting, but it was one of the better ones. However, how many thought it would be interesting when it was announced the Dolphins would be the team?

  68. jimmysee says: Jun 12, 2014 3:59 PM

    31 teams saying, “glad it wasn’t me.”

  69. speicher145 says: Jun 12, 2014 4:19 PM

    Glad the Packers didn’t take on the distraction! !

  70. ctiggs says: Jun 12, 2014 4:27 PM


  71. marcinhouston says: Jun 12, 2014 4:37 PM

    There could be a QB competition or a surprise cut of Matt Ryan. If they watch enough playoff tape, they will need to consider it. Also the drama of Tony Gonzalez possibly signing with a contender could be interesting.

  72. thevikes99 says: Jun 12, 2014 4:58 PM

    I’m just happy to watch the show it’s great no matter who the team it is as long as they keep it real. No players playing it up for the camera’s or coach’s hamming it up either like Jon Gruden

  73. jaxbeachjagfan says: Jun 12, 2014 5:05 PM

    I would’ve watched every second of it had my Jags been tabbed.

    It’s true sometimes you get what you need.

  74. casualmalexlfan says: Jun 12, 2014 5:22 PM

    Great selection! Can’t wait to not watch it.

  75. colinisgod says: Jun 12, 2014 5:47 PM

    Who are the Falcons?

    CK7 and San Francisco should of been chosen, CK7 is a perfect QB for the show.

    Atlanta is horrible.

  76. fanofthegame1 says: Jun 12, 2014 5:50 PM


  77. tokyofilthblaster says: Jun 12, 2014 6:14 PM

    If they ever select the Vikings for this they should call it Hard Cider – paying homage to all their DUI’s.

  78. taintedsaints2009 says: Jun 12, 2014 6:22 PM

    Atlanta is truly one of the most boring NFL teams in the league. if it weren’t for being in Atlanta, they would probably be the least compelling.

    I’m so happy people are finally done saying this team is a superbowl contender.

    They are the NFC’s version of the Texans: beyond over rated

  79. kabasaman says: Jun 12, 2014 6:28 PM

    Dion and Devin Hester…………A love fest.

  80. jimcarnoven says: Jun 12, 2014 6:47 PM

    Asante Samuel flashbacks to when he dropped 19-0.

  81. adolfoliverbush says: Jun 12, 2014 6:47 PM

    What is the “NFL Title Game”?

  82. chinahand11 says: Jun 12, 2014 7:44 PM

    I wish they would do the Chargers some year. I’m a displaced Pats fan living in SD, but we do have hot women out here who like to go to Bolts practices. Chargers are made for Hard Knocks.

  83. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Jun 12, 2014 8:06 PM

    I’m disappointed that the Browns are keeping America from watching Johnny Football on H.K.
    But I do think the Falcons will prove to be more entertaining than most realize.

  84. stampnhawk says: Jun 12, 2014 8:42 PM

    Good chance to see Mike Smith and his arrogance, combined with indecision and deer in the headlights look, front and center.

    Only way that this year would get interesting if somehow the league mandated that Gonzalez had to go back to the Falcons, after his comments about Ryan earlier this year.

  85. georgiaboy78 says: Jun 12, 2014 9:34 PM

    All you haterz are about to see a Super Bowl bound team! You should be so lucky! FALCONATION!!!!!!

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