Atlanta Falcons Selected for Hard Knocks
The 2014 edition of HBO’s Hard Knocks will feature the Atlanta Falcons. The 9th season of the show will take place in Flowery Branch, Georgia, the site of the Falcons’training camp. Following a disappointing 2013 campaign in which they posted a 4-12 record, the 2012 NFC 1-seed will look to bounce back in the competitive NFC South. Head coach Mike Smith’s coaching position has been on the hot seat in recent years despite making the postseason in four of his six years at the helm. He will look to return the Falcons to their winning ways with their high-octane passing attack led by 7th year quarterback Matt Ryan and lengthy receivers Roddy White and Julio Jones.
“We are looking forward to connecting with our fans across the country as the program chronicles our 2014 training camp,”said Smith. “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.”
Debuting on August 5th, the reality series will provide an all access look at the preparation for the rigors of an NFL season, along with the path that is taken for the players fighting for final roster spots. More than 1,500 hours of footage will be shot over the course of the series. Camera and sound crews will have access to meeting rooms, training rooms, practice fields, and living quarters.
Time Magazine called the show “riveting,”while NFL.com hailed the series as “undoubtedly the greatest football program in the history of the television medium.”Last summer’s edition featured the playoff-bound Cincinnati Bengals, and Hard Knocks saw its viewing numbers increase dramatically. An average of 3.6 million viewers tuned in for each episode. The New York Jets were chronicled prior to the 2010 season, with many of the episodes focused on the holdout of All-Pro cornerback Darrelle Revis. In each of the last four seasons, the team featured on Hard Knocks has improved its won-loss record from the previous season. The Falcons will look to do just that and abide by their slogan: “Rise Up”.