The Atlanta Falcons will be HBO's Hard Knocks team

Check out former Chicago Bears return specialist Devin Hester transition to wide receiver for the Atlanta Falcons! - Kevin Liles-USA TODAY Sports

Depending on your preference, you're either disappointed that the Chicago Bears won't get the Hard Knocks treatment from HBO, or you're happy the team will avoid all the distractions. The Atlanta Falcons have volunteered to be on the hit reality show.

You can count me in the disappointed category when I read the following tweet.

The Atlanta Falcons must have volunteered, as they were on the protected list of teams that couldn't be forced to participate on HBO's Hard Knocks. Had no team stepped forward that the NFL felt worthy, the league could have chosen from a handful of teams, the Chicago Bears included, to be on the show.

But fear not reality TV fans, the Chicago Bears are continuing their Inside Rookie Minicamp series on the teams official website, and episode one can be found right here.

I wonder how much of a "distraction" the cameras have been the last few years that they have been producing the web-series?

Anyway, if you're looking for a Bears connection on Hard Knocks this season, look no further than their offensive line coach, Mike Tice. Tice, as you may recall, was the o-line coach of the Bears from 2010-2011, and he was the team's offensive coordinator in 2012.

Atlanta also employs Tice's former pupil, and former Chicago #1 draft pick, Gabe Carimi who will be in a roster battle for a reserve spot on their offensive line.

Devin Hester is also a brand new Falcon, so watching him acclimate to their offense will be interesting.

Former Bears linebacker Bryan Cox is their defensive line coach and former Bears special teams coach Keith Armstrong holds the same title with Atlanta.

What are your thoughts on the Falcons being the Hard Knocks team, and about it not being the Bears?

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