What if the Falcons were on HBO’s Hard Knocks?

Ryan and Lauren Tannehill pose at the NFL draft in New York. (Associated Press)

Ryan and Lauren Tannehill pose at the NFL draft in New York. (Associated Press)

FLOWERY BRANCH – I couldn’t wait to get home last night to watch HBO’s Hard Knocks. It’s usually a highlight of the exhibition season after a long day at the Branch.

After leaving the Branch, I had to swing by the youth football field to fulfill my volunteer duties as the Smyrna Spartans Division II/Instructional coordinator. (I’ve got all three of my coaches hired, got background checks rolling on the assistants and I need to get all of the kids birth certificates collected for certification on Sunday). I got home with three minutes to spare.

Last night’s episode was tough. They had to follow up the Chad Johnson show, which was a ratings bonanza. Unfortunately, they didn’t have enough shots of Ryan Tannehill’s wife, Mrs. Lauren.

The show featured Reggie Bush, Karlos Dansby and Jake Long leading a meek protest of Johnson’s release. It stopped short of “We want Chad Back! We want Chad Back!”

Dolphins offensive lineman John Jerry. (Associated Press).

Dolphins offensive lineman John Jerry. (Associated Press).

Also, John Jerry, the brother of Falcons defensive tackle Peria Jerry, was seen throwing up in practice after they increased his reps. He’s 360 pounds and is trying to get down to 330. (And, I thought I was getting big enough to enter the Rick Ross look-a-like contest?)

The Dolphins staff is hoping John Jerry will fulfill his promise in the NFL. The Falcons are hoping the same for Peria Jerry. John Jerry turned in a good game against Carolina as he’s battling to get his weight down.

Missouri tight end Michael Egnew is having a tough camp after being selected in the third round. He did answer the coaches’ challenge after he was seen wandering

Rapper Rick Ross (Associated Press)

Rapper Rick Ross (Associated Press)

around on the field with no place to go. He was supposed to be looking for someone to block.

Also, by buddy Ben Volin from the Palm Beach Post got in a question in the press conference.

But this morning I got to thinking, what if the Falcons had accepted the invitation to appear on the show.

Looking back at training camp, here are some of the story lines that would have been featured.

1. They have successfully hidden the true nature and scope of Corey Peters’ “foot” injury and ordered his representatives not to speak to the media about it. Peters did something to his foot this offseason and was placed on the non-football injury list. We don’t know if he was jet-skiing, dropped some weights on his foot or if he kicked the refrigerator too hard celebrating Kentucky’s basketball national championship. I told him, “I can’t wait to find out what you did to this foot.” He smiled and threw his arms up in the air. Now, if HBO was crawling around the facilities, we’d have MRIs and a blow-by-blow of this injury. Because the Falcons like to do some things in secrecy has to be why they turned down the invitation. When asked about what happened, his agent – a super guy who’s been very helpful to the media in the past — mentioned something about Nick Polk (the team’s chief negotiator) and how the team likes to release its own injury information. He noted that Peters’ contract is coming up and he couldn’t tick the Falcons off.

061912 FLOWERY BRANCH:  Atlanta Falcons defensive end Kroy Biermann, one of the teams top special-teams tacklers, shares a laugh with his wife Kim Zolciak at the end of team practice on the first day of minicamp in Flowery Branch on Tuesday, June 19, 2012.      CURTIS COMPTON / CCOMPTON@AJC.COM

061912 FLOWERY BRANCH: Atlanta Falcons defensive end Kroy Biermann, one of the teams top special-teams tacklers, shares a laugh with his wife Kim Zolciak at the end of team practice on the first day of minicamp in Flowery Branch on Tuesday, June 19, 2012. CURTIS COMPTON / CCOMPTON@AJC.COM

2. HBO would have had a good time with defensive end Kroy Biermann and his reality star wife Kim Zolciak, who recently gave birth to their second child.

3. Linebacker Sean Weatherspoon, wide receiver Roddy White and tight end Tony Gonzalez would have been featured for sure.

4. Falcons safety Thomas DeCoud’s dance moves would have made the show. During warmups DeCoud really gets into the flow of the pregame music. He’s got some moves like Jagger. His agents need to get him a spot on Dancing with the Stars.

5. The Rodgers’ Brothers – James and Jacquizz — would have gotten some air time. It doesn’t look like James is going to make the team, especially after he dropped a pass in the fourth quarter against Cincinnati. HBO could have talked to them about their father’s recent release from prison in Texas.

6. Defensive end John Abraham is raising three of his nephews. They could have shown Abraham checking some homework.

073012 FLOWERY BRANCH: Falcons rookie wide receiver James Rodgers (left) has joined his brother Jacquizz Rodgers, a second year running back on the team, in Flowery Branch on Monday, July 30, 2012. The Rodgers both played for Oregon State before joining the Atlanta Falcons. CURTIS COMPTON / CCOMPTON@AJC.COM

073012 FLOWERY BRANCH: Falcons rookie wide receiver James Rodgers (left) has joined his brother Jacquizz Rodgers, a second year running back on the team, in Flowery Branch on Monday, July 30, 2012. The Rodgers both played for Oregon State before joining the Atlanta Falcons. CURTIS COMPTON / CCOMPTON@AJC.COM

7. The Bradie Ewing knee injury would have provided a sad element. HBO could have shown how the team scrambled to get Lousaka Polite signed.

Oh well, maybe next year.

With owner Arthur Blank wanting the Falcons to become a national team, it’s just a matter of time before the Falcons are on the show. The business and marketing side of the team will prevail in the future over the football purists who frown upon seeing a player being cut on national television.

I’ll be back in my chair for next Tuesday’s show and the Falcons will likely be on it by default because they play the Dolphins on Friday night.

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47 comments Add your comment

Rick

August 22nd, 2012
11:12 am

@DanWeiner

August 22nd, 2012
11:13 am

Spoon, Roddy and Asante would be the stars.

Can’t forget Mrs. October Gonzalez who was featured prominently the season the Chiefs were on the show. She’d get some air time.

Rick

August 22nd, 2012
11:14 am

I’m glad not tone on the show….too much distraction….as evident by the Miami drama…….falcons need to be solely focused on winning….with that being said. I love the show

@DanWeiner

August 22nd, 2012
11:17 am

“too much distraction….as evident by the Miami drama”

The biggest problem is that the Dolphins stink. Hard Knocks has no effect on anybody’s preparation, it just interferes with the totalitarian system most teams want to run.

Seen This B4

August 22nd, 2012
11:19 am

If the falcan’ts had been the focus on HBO’s Hard Knocks this year, they most certainly would have done a segment on the NFL’s longest running preseason losing streak and another on the longest running post season losing streak.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

August 22nd, 2012
11:20 am

@DanWeiner – Yeah, I forgot about Asante. He’d been talking all that smack in practice and then they’d shown the A.J. Green play. If you talk the smack, you have to back it up.

Michael M.

August 22nd, 2012
11:26 am

Michael M.

August 22nd, 2012
11:47 am

Maurice Jones-Drew is not happy with the Jags and the owner is not happy with him and wondering if the Falcons might be able to work out some kind of deal on that guy and add him to all these weapons the Atlanta Falcons have…………..just a thought…………………………………..

Cejay

August 22nd, 2012
11:54 am

Hey seen, how many years was before the aint’s finally won a play off game ? I’ll give you a little while to answer

Seen This B4

August 22nd, 2012
12:02 pm

@Cejay: I forget, but it was less than it will take your team to win a Super Bowl.

Cejay

August 22nd, 2012
12:03 pm

Is it painful ?? Here let me help you……..34 YEARS, now that is pathetic !!…..and it took the Falcons WAAAAY less time at 12 years. You should delete your previous commentnow…..it looks foolish

Cejay

August 22nd, 2012
12:05 pm

All jokes aside….really…….thats bad

Seen This B4

August 22nd, 2012
12:11 pm

Now, had the illustrious franchise from New Orleans been the focus of HBO’s Hard Knocks this year, the weekly segments would have not only run the gamut from the practice field to the US Federal Courts, but would have also been riveting, must-watch-TV, and a virtual stratospheric ratings rocket!

Cejay

August 22nd, 2012
12:14 pm

I could agree with that……..

Cejay

August 22nd, 2012
12:15 pm

it would have definitely been good TV !!

Michael M.

August 22nd, 2012
12:20 pm

STB4…………….Whats the latest on Lofton ? and another question ? Is the Saints defense going to show up in your game this week ? Last week , the Jags look like defending Super Bowl Champs out there……………………………..

No more eggcuses 4 Perrier Jerry

August 22nd, 2012
1:00 pm

See? I done told U all Perrier Jerry is a fat n layzee looser. His brother is the same so U no it run in the family.

Mr Ledbeter how many times had Perrier puked in pratice?

No more eggcuses 4 Perrier Jerry

August 22nd, 2012
1:06 pm

Why dont the Flacons try 2 trade 4 Morice Jones Drew? Caoch Kotter no him real well and he could paly rite a way. We dont need Tippy Toes Turner N E more if we could get MJD.

Charlie Murphy

August 22nd, 2012
1:20 pm

Oh if the Falcons have ordered Corey Peters representatives not to speak, he is at the least headed for PUP and ultimately IR. When these guys get that secretive, it’s always a bad injury. I don’t expect to see Corey Peters in uniform this season at all now.

Seen This B4

August 22nd, 2012
1:25 pm

@ Michael M.: Lofton said that if this was a regular season game, he’d be playing, but since it’s not, he’s just going to keep the stress off his ankle.

Making a move for Maurice Jones Drew would run counter to the falcan’ts proclaimation to become more of a passing team, not to mention that MJD wants a mega deal contract,….while the falcan’ts couldn’t even sign Grimes to a long term deal cause they’re CAP strapped….poor CAP management.

Augustabred

August 22nd, 2012
1:37 pm

I was thinking the same thing about MJD!!!!! He would be a perfect fit in this scheme. But Rodgers might fit the bill also. We shall see…….

Esquire

August 22nd, 2012
1:46 pm

Seen This B4
August 22nd, 2012
11:19 am

If the falcan’ts had been the focus on HBO’s Hard Knocks this year, they most certainly would have done a segment on the NFL’s longest running preseason losing streak and another on the longest running post season losing streak.
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Are you feeling poorly boy? You are losing your troll touch………weak stuff. Is that all you got?

Esquire

August 22nd, 2012
1:51 pm

Seen This B4

August 22nd, 2012
1:53 pm

@Esqueer: That’s a lot of gibberish talk coming from a guy still quoting the basic one-hundred level course. Let me know when you get a license, then we’ll converse with ebullience.

Mac

August 22nd, 2012
1:53 pm

DLed,

I knock you when you post things such as that absurd two line post about Nolan calling plays from the booth. This post, however, is exactly what your blog should be like on a daily basis. Keep it up.

Michael M.

August 22nd, 2012
2:24 pm

You gonna let STB4 man-handle you like that Esquire with a keyboard ? ha ! ha !……………….

Michael M.

August 22nd, 2012
2:25 pm

Mularkey sat up there in a booth and we saw how that panned out………………………………

Innocent Bystander

August 22nd, 2012
2:52 pm

The Falcons will be on Hard Knocks next season as the defending Superbowl champions.

Esquire

August 22nd, 2012
3:26 pm

Seen This B4
August 22nd, 2012
1:53 pm

Let me know when you get a license, then we’ll converse with ebullience.
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Is there anything you do well….? At all? You’re a dolt and worthless as a troll. But try harder, your efforts are worth a laugh. Hell, Joe Tess is a better troll than you……pathetic.

Chris Redman

August 22nd, 2012
3:35 pm

I would be the star of that show…
Mike Smith loves me.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

August 22nd, 2012
4:14 pm

Mac – Thanks. It was a two paragraph post. It was a note.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

August 22nd, 2012
4:16 pm

Esquire — Ummmm, thanks for sharing!!!!

D. Orlando Ledbetter

August 22nd, 2012
4:17 pm

No more eggs – Word out of Jax is that they don’t want to trade MJD.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

August 22nd, 2012
4:18 pm

Mr. No more eggs — I have not seen Peria Jerry puke in practice. I did see John puke twice last night. Reminded me of Korey Stringer puking on the sidelines after getting worked over by the Minister of Defense during his rookie year.

First time Season Tix Holder

August 22nd, 2012
4:23 pm

The same Korey Stringer that died in practice?

Have to wonder just how concerned they are over the health of players…..

Joe Tess Fish House

August 22nd, 2012
4:26 pm

What did I do?

Michael M.

August 22nd, 2012
4:30 pm

Falcons claim they have a game plan against the Dolphins this week and their rookie quarterback……………….lets hope it includes a victory at the final whistle.

Esquire

August 22nd, 2012
5:39 pm

Joe Tess Fish House
August 22nd, 2012
4:26 pm

What did I do?
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WELCOME!! Finally, somebody who knows how to troll.

BLEAUX AINTS!!

Michael M.

August 22nd, 2012
5:55 pm

Esquire check this out………..http://espn.go.com/blog/nfcsouth

check out the Goodell sign video

sawdawg

August 22nd, 2012
6:25 pm

Julio Jones needs a nickname, I suggest Optimus Prime. Whaddya think?

Ken

August 22nd, 2012
6:56 pm

Julio is Julio Jones nickname.

Joe Tess Fish House

August 22nd, 2012
8:11 pm

U got a problem with me? I aint done nothin 2 U so lay off.

Joe Tess Fish House

August 22nd, 2012
8:12 pm

nickname 4 Juliet Jones is Juliet

LOL @ Falconsfans about

August 22nd, 2012
9:46 pm

DEFENSE is TOAST….we dont score, we dont win…..ask NE fans and Phillyfans bout ebonics Samue…….l

Bird Brain

August 22nd, 2012
10:17 pm

I would like to vote for No More Eggs… for President! U R da man!

No more eggcuses 4 Perrier Jerry

August 23rd, 2012
7:38 am

Yeah vote 4 me and I will turn this team a round and fire justice Roberts

Jimmy Jam

August 23rd, 2012
1:16 pm

What if the Falcons were on HBO’s Hard Knocks? Answer: They would actually be worth watching
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