If the Atlanta Falcons want to be the subject of the 2012 edition of HBO’s Hard Knocks, the Falcons need only say the word.
The Falcons have been offered the assignment, according to ESPNNewYork.com.
It’s unknown whether the Falcons will accept. Coach Mike Smith has twice before dealt with the perpetual presence of cameras and microphones during training camp, in 2001 with the Ravens and 2004 with the Jaguars. G.M. Thomas Dimitroff comes from the Belichick school of extremely irrational secrecy, which could make Dimitroff reluctant to open the doors to the unblinking eye of NFL Films camera crews.
The bigger question is whether the Falcons have the sizzle to draw the kind of interest that the Jets generated in 2010. Though riding a four-year streak of winning records, the Falcons are 0-3 in the playoffs, losing by a combined score of 72-23 to the last two eventual Super Bowl champions.