Aug 23, 2014; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith shown on the sideline against the Tennessee Titans during the second half at the Georgia Dome. The Titans defeated the Falcons 24-17. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports
I have seen every single episode of the Hard Knocks series, at times having to tirelessly search the web to find episodes from early seasons.
Needless to say as a Falcons fanatic, when I first read that we had volunteered to be filmed on the 9th official season of Hard Knocks I was ecstatic. I immediately put the season premiere date into my calendar and started running through all the possible storylines they could follow through training camp.
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We are three episodes into the season, and it’s fair to say that my feelings have gone from excitement to disappointment. The episodes are still enjoyable and give us an interesting insight into the tough weeks of preparation leading up to the start of the regular season, but there is something inherently missing. Sure its fine to show us what the fringe players & late-round draftees are going through on their mission to make the cut, however what about the real stars?
I want to see what makes the big dogs tick. I want to see how they prepare, how they challenge themselves day in and day out & how they handle the responsibility of leading their teammates.
Here are a few story-lines that Hard Knocks could have focused more attention towards: