HOUSTON — HBO has posted a preview of tonight’s episode on their Facebook page.
It show Falcons coach Mike Smith telling the team he’s tired of hearing that the Falcons aren’t tough and that they are a tough football team.
The Toughness Crusade continues. . . .
He lauded Joe Hawley for defending the honor of a teammate, which resulted in him getting expelled from the practice with the Tennessee Titans. He thought that was a good penalty and hey, who wants to argue with that.
Here’s how this “toughness” issue got out of control.
Former Saints Heath Evans was saying he thought the Falcons were soft for a couple of years. While they were winning, everyone ignored him and called him a “Hater!”
Then as things went sideways last season, all of the talking heads jumped. Here’s the NFL Network crew saying the Falcons lacked toughness.
Then things really took when owner Arthur Blank voiced his displeasure with no one retaliating against Saints safety Kenny Vaccaro after he put a late hit on quarterback Matt Ryan, who was sliding.
Smith talks about the fine line between winning a losing. There is also a fine line between being a tough team and a heavily penalized one.
Also on tonight’s show:
–Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff outlines his views on the 2014 roster.
–Popular linebacker Sean Weatherspoon, who has not spoken to the local media since his injury, is profiled.
–The Falcons scrimmage with the Tennessee Titans in Flowery Branch as they prepped for their opening exhibition game against the Miami Dolphins will also be shown.
STOP BACK by AJC.COM TONIGHT at 9:30 p.m. as we’ll have an open thread rolling for commenting during the show and recap video up pretty quickly.
TRAINING CAMP SCHEDULE
Date Practice Times (public availability)
Wednesday, August 13 Combined Practice w/ Houston Texans (Houston, TX), 9 a.m. ET
Thursday, August 14 Combined Practice w/ Houston Texans (Houston, TX), 9 a.m. ET
Friday, August 15 Pregame Walkthrough (No Media Availability)
Saturday, August 16 Falcons at Houston Texans
8:00 p.m. ET – CW69
Sunday, August 17 Players’ Day Off (No Media Availability)
Monday, August 18 Practice 10:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. (closed to the public)