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.