Hard Knocks Going To Hotlanta For 2014 Season

Posted: June 13, 2014 in Football, Sports
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ESPN- The Atlanta Falcons will be featured on HBO’s “Hard Knocks” during training camp, the team announced Thursday. “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 and chairman Arthur M. Blank said. “This marks the first time that our franchise will be featured on ‘Hard Knocks’ and we look forward to showcasing our great players and coaches to football fans all across America.”

It is somewhat of a surprising move, considering coach Mike Smith typically wants to avoid added distractions. But Smith obviously saw the benefit in such a documentary. “We are looking forward to connecting with our fans across the country as the program chronicles our 2014 training camp,” Smith said. “The series will give fans a behind the scenes look at the competition between players as we build our roster and prepare for the season. We are looking forward to the start of camp in late July.”

Training camp will include a number of intriguing storylines, including the return of Julio Jones from season-ending foot surgery, the beginning of Jake Matthews’ NFL career as the new starting right tackle and the switch to a 3-4 base defense with the additions of nose tackle Paul Soliai and defensive end Tyson Jackson up front.

The best reality show on TV finally has a location.  We are heading to the dirty, dirty.  It’s Hotlanta time!  A quick breakdown of what we can expect from Hard Knocks: Atlanta Falcons.

1. Personality of Owner/GM/Coaches: B  Arthur Blank definitely seems like he could be a wacky millionaire in private.  The dude helped build the Home Depot empire and people in Home Depot are always characters.  Thomas Dimitrioff is a young GM, but also from the Bill Belichick school, which means he will probably be secretive and weird as hell.  Mike Smith seems like a coach you could get a beer with after the game and acts like the Snickers coach after he eats his Snickers.


2. Personality of Players: C-  Looking at the roster, it’s a pretty quiet group of NFL players (at least from what I can tell).  Matt Ryan is one of the most boring young quarterbacks in the NFL.  Roddy White is an “Indian Giving Bettor”.  And Osi Umenyiora will probably just bitch about his contract, playing time, or both while flashing that million dollar smile.  Definitely not like having Ochocinco or Antonio Cromartie running around like madmen.

3. Players wives and girlfriends: D  Maybe the most important thing when it’s all said and done.  Usually the number 1 pick has some sort of a smokeshow wife that turns the internet upside down.  The Falcons number 1 pick this year was offensive lineman Jake Matthews.  A quick Google search does not give us any idea what his wife looks like, which probably isn’t the best omen in the world.

Matt Ryan’s wife was born Sarah Marshall, which while funny, but doesn’t do much for the viewer.

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So it looks like we are going to have a pretty lackluster Hard Knocks this year.  The only thing that could save this show is the Falcons re-signing Tony Gonzalez.  And this has nothing to do with Tony G’s game or personality.  It is thanks to….OCTOBER GONZALEZ!





Overall Grade For Falcons On Hard Knocks: C-


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