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Hard Knocks with the Atlanta Falcons: Season Finale Recap

The Hard Knocks series with the Falcons was an enjoyable watch. (Phelan M. Ebenhack)

The Hard Knocks series with the Falcons was an enjoyable watch. (Phelan M. Ebenhack)

The season finale of Hard Knocks with the Atlanta Falcons opens with undrafted rookie linebacker Jacques Smith taking a walk backstage after being 

Smith then goes to head coach Mike Smith and asks for a chance to address the team to apologize for getting kicked out of the game.

Matt Ryan – in true leader fashion – is leading a meeting with the receivers. He quizzes the younger guys, asking them what their assignments are in given situations.

Ryan then moves on to veteran Roddy White and quizzes him. “I thought this was supposed to be for the young guys?” he asked.

It’s a shame rookie wide receiver Geraldo “Amsterdam” Boldewijn injured his hamstring on the last day of practice. In a receivers meeting, it was revealed he bench pressed 275 pounds three times. “Really?” wide receivers coach Terry Robiskie asked, incredulously. “Ol’ strong [expletive].”

The rookies understand what’s at stake going into the fourth preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars. A lot of cuts will take place in the couple of days following the game, so players have a last opportunity to show they deserve a spot on Atlanta’s final roster.

T.J. Yates had a strong showing against the Jacksonville Jaguars. His joyful demeanor is in stark contrast to what he looked like against the Houston Texans in the second preseason game and the Tennessee Titans in the third preseason game. 

The end of the fourth preseason game means it’s time to start shaping up the roster. A lot of cuts are on the way.

“This is the worst day in the NFL,” fullback Patrick DiMarco says in the locker room.

The narrator puts it perfectly: “In the NFL, coming a long way isn’t good enough.”

After making a few cuts, Smith discusses his dislike for making cuts with general manager Thomas Dimitroff: “The least favorite part of this job. Friggin’ stinks.”

To counter the not-so-great moments of seeing players being cut, Tyler Starr being informed by Smith he’d make the team was a great moment to see. The rookie linebacker was extremely grateful and told Smith, “God bless you.”

After the phone call, Starr’s fiancé jumped into his arms. It was definitely a heart-warming moment.

During dinner with some of the receivers, White proclaims the 2014 Falcons team as the best he’s been on. He says, “I’m like a kid in the candy store, and we got all the good candies!”

The episode ends with Smith addressing the players in preparation for the upcoming season.

Overall, the finale was admittedly a little slow. Of course, that could also be attributed to it following what was, in my opinion, the best episode of the series.

And with that, this year’s Hard Knocks is a wrap.

It’s time to get ready for the New Orleans Saints on Sunday. Football has returned!

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Hard Knocks with the Atlanta Falcons: Episode 4 Recap

Lots of players were reprimanded in the third episode of Hard Knocks. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Lots of players were reprimanded in the third episode of Hard Knocks. (John Bazemore)

Let me get this out the way: The fourth episode of Hard Knocks with the Atlanta Falcons was, by far, the series’ best up to this point. 

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Hard Knocks with the Atlanta Falcons: Episode 3 Recap

Jake Matthews was told immediately he'd be the left tackle following Sam Bakers injury. (John Bazemore)

Jake Matthews was told immediately he’d be the left tackle following Sam Baker’s season-ending injury. (John Bazemore)

Another episode of Hard Knocks means we’re that much closer to the regular season.

The first few minutes of the third episode of Hard Knocks with the Atlanta Falcons was a first in the show’s history as we’re taken inside the operating room to witness rookie linebacker Marquis Spruill’s ACL surgery.

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Hard Knocks with the Atlanta Falcons: Episode 1 Recap

Kroy Biermann and Jake Matthews got into a scuffle almost immediately after training camp began. (AP Photo)

Kroy Biermann and Jake Matthews got into a scuffle almost immediately after training camp began. (AP Photo)

Last night’s premiere of Hard Knocks with the Atlanta Falcons was a doozy. After just one episode, I’m now convinced bringing the cameras to training camp was a good decision.

The show on its own is brilliant as it’s always nice to get a behind-the-scenes look at an NFL team’s training camp. Of course, Hard Knocks’ brilliance was amplified by the fact it’s featuring the Falcons.

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Falcons Reject HBO’s Hard Knocks Offer

I’m pleased. In an earlier post, I outlined why the Falcons shouldn’t accept the offer to be on Hard Knocks.

Owner Arthur Blank, general manager Thomas Dimitroff, and head coach Mike Smith agreed football is this offseason’s focus.

The team confirmed the decision on Saturday.

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Please, Falcons, Don’t Go On HBO’s Hard Knocks

The Falcons have been offered the spot for this year’s Hard Knocks, but they do not fit the mold of the series. At all.

Hard Knocks is an NFL reality sports documentary series that followed a select team throughout training camp. Ultimately, it gives insight as to how the NFL operates, mainly focusing on rookies and players on the fringe of making the team’s roster.

This will be the series’ seventh season. Previously featured were the Baltimore Ravens (2001), Dallas Cowboys (2002, 2008), Kansas City Chiefs (2007), Cincinnati Bengals (2009), and most recently, the New York Jets (2010).

Those teams all had some sort of drama, whether it was the many stories that always revolve around Jerry Jones and America’s Team, Chad Ochocinco’s antics with the Bengals, or Rex Ryan’s many profanity-laden tirades with the Jets.

The Falcons are, for all intents and purposes, boring. And I mean really boring. They aren’t shrouded in any scandals; they do things by the book, and it all comes from their head coach, Mike Smith.

Smith is the epitome of boring; he says the right things and doesn’t make for a “juicy” interview.

Other than Roddy White, the Falcons shy away from controversy. Naturally, when you have guys like Tony Gonzalez, Matt Ryan, and John Abraham in the locker room, the team’s going to be held in check. These veterans understand what it means to have class.

There’s no way the team would provide the “entertainment” the show usually provides. Of course, there’ll be a few quips from White, and Sean Weatherspoon will undoubtedly provide hilarious trash-talk, but that’s about it.

Lastly, the Falcons absolutely do not need the distraction the show brings.

Don’t do it, Falcons.

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