Insight coming in Falcons 'Hard Knocks'?

Insight coming in Falcons 'Hard Knocks'?
June 27, 2014, 1:00 pm
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The Atlanta Falcons will be the subject of this summer's "Hard Knocks" show on HBO, which takes fans inside an NFL training camp. There are plenty of Patriots connections in Atlanta with Thomas Dimitroff as general manager and Scott Pioli as assistant GM. Because of those ties, will this version of  the show give us any insight into the Pats?

That's the question before our Patriots Talk TV crew of CSNNE.com Patriots Insider Tom E. Curran, SportsNet Central's Mike Giardi and CSNNE.com's Phil Perry.

"In some ways, philisophically, you'll see some areas they value that the Patriots value," said Curran, who added he has visited the Falcons and seen Dimitroff in action there.

"It's very relaxed from the owner Arthur Blank on down. It's a very different tenor," Curran said. "I don't think it will be very compelling television, but it will be insightful."

Giardi said he's interested in seeing how Pioli, who left the Patriots to become Kansas City Chiefs GM and joined Dimitrioff after his time there ended, handles the cameras.

"He wants to be a general manager again," Giardi said, "and obviously, this is the first step towards that."

Perry said there's a perception to think people who worked for Bill Belichick were "brainwashed" to be mini-Belichicks, but it hasn't really proven to be the case.

"When we've seen other guys leave the Patriots. Whether it's Josh McDaniels pumping his first and jumping into his players [as Broncos coach] after beating the Patriots or Bill O'Brien the ex-Pats offensive coordinator now Houston Texans coach] naming a starting quarterback on the first day of minicamp. They're their own men."