Petrino Says Good Bye to the Falcons
Mr. Petrino wrote out a short message and then had it copied and sent it out to all the members of the Atlanta Falcons. He resigned as the coach and told them he wished them the best for whatever the future might hold. This came one day after Michael Vick got sentenced to 23 months in prison and the Falcons got blown out by the New Orleans Saints on Monday Night football.
It was funny hearing Arthur Blank talk about Petrino’s ability to handle adversity in that Monday Night football game. He has never handled the adversity well and he was often shouting at his players and the referees during crucial times of the game. He wasn’t somebody the team could ralley behind and Petrino blamed everybody for the struggles of the Atlanta Falcons but his own self.
Now he will be coaching football in a tough SEC division, while trying to stir the Arkansas Razorbacks that won’t have Darren McFadden around next year. I doubt he has much success with Arkansas too, when you factor in just how tough the SEC Division is and that Arkansas doesn’t have a good recruiting program.
Now Arthur Blank just makes one bad decision after another one and it would be nice to see him go. He’s been the biggest thorn in the Falcon’s side, since he has became the owner. He only wants the choir boys in Atlanta and this isn’t the way to build a football team in the National Football League. He needs talent and lots of it and Rich McKay hasn’t necessarily been lighting it up on draft day. A new GM would go a long ways into helping save this organization from the free fall state they find their self in today. Blank has no idea on how to assemble guys around a football team to make them a winner. He proved that on Monday Night football by bragging about Petrino’s ability to handle adversity. He even went as far to say that he was more sure of the man he hired now, then he was when Petrino was first given the reigns to this team. You could tell right away that Petrino was not going to be successful in the NFL and luckily he left, and didn’t have the opportunity to muck it up again next year.
Blank continues to hire people that are young and that might be the coach for a long time with the Atlanta Falcons. This is a poor method and you should hire the best man for the job. When it becomes evident that your new coach isn’t going to work, you need to release him immediately and find somebody else. It’s through this process that you will eventually land a big time coach and can run your football team over the next decade or longer. Bill Cowher and Marty Schottenheimer are already being mentioned as the new Falcons coach for next season. As of right now the Falcons have a new coach and he should be given the opportunity to see what he can do with the team. Emmit Thomas is black so his hiring prevents the Falcons from breaking the NFL rules on interviewing a coach that is in the minority. You must interview a coach that is from a minority before you can hire a new coach. This process in itself is racial and I am surprised no one has changed it yet.
It’s time to rebuild in Atlanta and while getting a new owner might be a long shot, they better start with the GM and then work on acquiring as many draft picks as possible. Their desires to go get free agents in the off season would be a disaster in the making if the Falcons decide to take this route. They will become an 8-8 team and be bound for average for a long time. Get draft picks, don’t sign free agents and lose your GM Falcons!Click here for reuse options!
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