Earlier today, AJC beat writer D Orlando Ledbetter told us that the Falcons have emerged as the leader to be featured on the HBO series "Hard Knocks". He later updated that to say that the Falcons have an offer and are considering doing the show. Matt has already touched a bit on this on the blog but I thought I would add a little to the conversation. I've never seen an episode of Hard Knocks but the Falcons seem like a weird fit to me. Let's take a look at the past teams that have been on Hard Knocks: Baltimore, Dallas (x2), Kansas City, Cincy and the Jets. A quick glance at these teams tells us (at least in the case of Dallas, Cincy and the Jets) that HBO prefers dysfunction and drama for this show. That leads me to the question of this article....are the Falcons interesting enough for Hard Knocks? Let's take a look at what could be the leading storylines....
Will Falcons fans flip for Hard Knocks?
- Brent Grimes Contract
- The Falcons new Coordinators on both sides of the football and how the players adjust to the new coaches
- Arthur Blank and how involved he is with the team off the field (does he just loom around the offices like he does the sidelines as the game comes to a close)
- Tony Gonzalez and his possible last training camp/season
- Can Matt Ryan take the next step as an elite QB in the NFL
- Replacing Curtis Lofton
What other things would you be interested in watching with the Falcons? Julio Jones and how he adapts to his second year in the NFL with high expectations? Roddy White and his penchant for making somewhat controversial comments toward other teams? The Offensive Line and just how long their beards can get?
D Orlando Ledbetter replied to us on Twitter with this statement:
You think this might make his job easier for a while? Yeah, I think so. I would definitely be interested in watching the Falcons on Hard Knocks and yes it would make for some good writing here on the blog. That being said, I'm just not sure if the Falcons would be interesting to watch on Hard Knocks.
I'm shocked you have not seen Hard Knocks. NFL Films do a fantastic job. Very well put together show. I did not realize until you just mentioned it that we do have a lot of story lines bumping around. I would love to watch it, but I'm just not sure if it is worth the added headache and potential problem of tipping off opponents to schemes/plays/formations/etc. Considering we were lacking focus in the playoff loss, I don't think the show would help.
@mFalcons5 Generally speaking I'm more of a college football fan than the pros except for my local team. So I don't really have much interest in watching the Dallas Cowboys or the NY Jets every single week unless they are playing my team or are going to be playing my team soon.
Yes, I think this could be a distraction but I think it would be good to take a behind the scenes look. Which guys are really getting after it, which guys are maybe focused on other things. It might be a real eye opener and would put the Falcons under the media micro-scope which might be a good thing instead of letting them go through life thinking that the media doesn't really exist.