Arthur Blank continues to slide in Hotlanta. It probably couldn’t get any hotter for the founder of Home Depot and the owner of the Atlanta Falcons. He wrapped up an interview recently on Monday Night football and a lot of people are upset about his racist comments. He linked fried chicken and Micheal Vick together and apparently that is not ok and many are calling his comments racist. I’m not so sure that’s an accurate take and his new interim head coach is black. So with all the things I have against Arthur Blank, being a racist is not one of them.
I took other comments in his Monday Night footbal interview as lack of knowledge for the game of football. Mr. Blank made comments saying that Bobby Petrino’s hiring is now a better thing, than when he hired Petrino. He said he was more comfortable now because of the way head coach Bobby Petrino was handling adversity. That couldn’t have been further from the truth. Bobby Petrino didn’t handle adversity at all! He would often yell at players and referees during the most crucial times in a ball game. His emotions let the other guys on the team know they were about to lose. A head coach has to be strong in the most crucial times and especially when a play occurs that seems to lose a game for you. Players see that big play during a game and if they can look at the head coach and see no worries in his eyes, then they will think there’s a shot. No chance with Petrino, because he had the face of a soar loser every time those plays happened. So Bobby Petrino doesn’t handle adversity at all!
I couldn’t believe the team gave up on Thanksgiving Day when they were playing the Colts. I have seen this Falcon’s team give up in the past, but I really thought they pulled the plug too early in that game. Then again today against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers their play calling made no sense. They were on the wrong end of the score by far and the game was pretty much a lost cause. The Falcons had a 3rd down and 11 yards to go for the first down and they ran a draw play with their running back Jerious Norwood? That play didn’t make much sense, only to see the team on their next offensive possession and they ran the ball 3 times and punted. It was a clear sign of a football team giving up, much like Bobby Petrino did but he’s gone now, so you can’t blame him. It got even more interesting when the Bucs picked up a first down and the Falcons challenge the call on the field and won it. Tampa Bay then ran the ball, which the running back was stopped, but the officials gave him the first down anyway. From there it was a couple of snaps and the rest of the time ran off the clock. I don’t understand if you’re just going to give up, why would you care about the first down? This is just one of the countless mistakes and things that leave you scratching your head, that the Falcons have done this year.
It’s clear to see where the problem lies with the Atlanta Falcons. It’s the owner and his bad decisions on hiring general managers, coaches and then trying to act like he understands the game. He was ask to do an interview in the game on Fox and he declined to take that interview. It’s just another example of how Arthur Blank works and if his team isn’t winning, he don’t care to talk. If they have a shot, then by all means interview him. He will talk if he thinks they are going to win, but doesn’t take interviews when his team is losing.
Arthur Blank on Monday Night football talked a lot about next year and the draft. He was making this statement with 3 games left on the schedule and that’s going to be a lot of wasted time the Falcons could be using to get better as a football team. You don’t win a Super Bowl from the first game of the year until the last. You don’t win football games from the first minute until the 60th minute. You have to learn how to win each day and each momment and the Falcons are already giving up and are just going to wait until next year to start playing football again. I guess once they see next year is going to be a waste too, they will once again give up and it will be the next season.