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To take job at University of Arkansas. Or so ESPN says.

http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/news/story?id=3150783
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And that's the icing on the cake for probably one of the single worst seasons an NFL team can have. Sure, the Dolphins are on the road to 0-16, but the Falcons have absolutely nothing going for them in the next few years. Their star QB's spending the next few seasons in federal prison, their highly-touted head coach is bolting town, there's no chance of them getting the first overall pick in next year's draft, the QB's they DO have are horrible...seriously, I feel sorry for this team's fanbase. What do they have to look forward to?

Nick Saban was a douchebag and all, but at least he was considerate enough to wait until AFTER the season to walk out.

(edited by It's False on 11.12.07 1614)



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#3 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.07

Another classic case of a big-name college getting overpaid to coach an NFL team (see Spurrier, Steve & Saban, Nick) ...

Hopefully Atlanta will decide to search from within the current NFL coaching ranks for a guy can that has the potential to right the ship ... Mike Singletary anyone?
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#4 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.54
As a Falcons fan, I hate this development.

Arthur Blank needs to change his name to Arthur Crisp because of the extent of which he's been burned by some of his personnel.

I'm now convinced that Rich McKay is holding the Falcons back.

He helped picked Petrino, gave guys like Brooking, who is NOT a natural MLB, big contracts to suck (look at Reggie Bush's game-winning TD against the Falcs earlier this year; Brooking tackles HIS OWN MAN to let Bush into the end zone).

I also am hating the decision to sign Joe Horn when Roddy White, Alge Crumpler, and Laurent Robinson are becoming a good enough receiving tandem. That is, if there was a solid QB at the helm; Redman is the closest to this and he'll be a good backup next year.

I can only think of one name to coach this team. Not Bill Cowher, he seems too experienced to enter the Falcons quagmire. I'm thinking of Josh McDaniels; of course, it might take several um...sedatives to convince him. *sigh*

(edited by JALman on 11.12.07 2109)


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#5 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.48
    Originally posted by It's False
    And that's the icing on the cake for probably one of the single worst seasons an NFL team can have. Sure, the Dolphins are on the road to 0-16, but the Falcons have absolutely nothing going for them in the next few years. Their star QB's spending the next few seasons in federal prison, their highly-touted head coach is bolting town, there's no chance of them getting the first overall pick in next year's draft, the QB's they DO have are horrible...seriously, I feel sorry for this team's fanbase. What do they have to look forward to?

    Nick Saban was a douchebag and all, but at least he was considerate enough to wait until AFTER the season to walk out.

    (edited by It's False on 11.12.07 1614)




As bad as the situation is for the Falcons, they aren't even the worst team in the NFC. The 49ers have money tied up in a QB who appears to be a flop and have no 1st round pick. Falcons are at least going to have cap room in '08 with Vick off the books and a Top 7 pick. In a division where the Panthers have disappointed, you don't know what the Saints are, and the Bucs are dependent upon Jeff Garcia to remain healthy for an additional season, the Falcons could be a 7-9 win team next season. Conversely, the Dolphins have a bad head coach, a bad front offense, a bad offense, and a rapidly aging defense. Of course, they do have the entire Ginn family, but they also play in the same division as the monster Patriots. The Dolphins are probably 3-5 years away from being mediocre, and, with the 'brilliant' head coach that they have, I await them drafting a long-snapper with the #1 overall pick because it is something no one would expect.
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#6 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.08
    Originally posted by Mayhem

    Another classic case of a big-name college getting overpaid to coach an NFL team (see Spurrier, Steve & Saban, Nick) ...

    Hopefully Atlanta will decide to search from within the current NFL coaching ranks for a guy can that has the potential to right the ship ... Mike Singletary anyone?


I'm sorry this is nothing like those other cases in my view. If I'm him I don't want to waste my time with a team that is clearly not going to be competitive before they fire me anyway. In the NFL you get two maybe three years. You see them being worth anything even if he's a GREAT coach in that time? And then who would ever take another chance on him in the NFL?

No, he did the same thing I would have. Bailed on an impossible situation to save face and hopefully get another shot when the time is right. Saban and Spurrier in my view just weren't cut out for the NFL style of coaching. I can't say the same in this case, at least not after this season.
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#7 Posted on | Instant Rating: 1.72
Nobody in the Falcons org. liked Petrino anyway, so this should be a Victory for Alge/Hall and the rest of the Falcons players.

I just hope Petrino knows the SEC is not exactly the "Big East/C-USA".

(edited by CajunMan on 12.12.07 1248)


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All I know is this: if someone gives me Arthur Blank as a character reference, I'm skeptical.



Holy fuck shit motherfucker shit. Read comics. Fuck shit shit fuck shit I sold out when I did my job. Fuck fuck fuck shit fuck. Sorry had to do it....

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#9 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.00
    Originally posted by wmatistic
    No, he did the same thing I would have. Bailed on an impossible situation to save face and hopefully get another shot when the time is right. Saban and Spurrier in my view just weren't cut out for the NFL style of coaching. I can't say the same in this case, at least not after this season.


It's one thing to leave and go to back to college -- if he didn't want to coach in the NFL anymore, that's his perogative. But, from what Blank said, and what's been reported, he lied to the owner's face, didn't even bother to tell any of his players, and quit with three games left to be played? If even half of that is true...That's such a punk move, it's not even funny. What a coward.
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#10 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.08
    Originally posted by eventhis
      Originally posted by wmatistic
      No, he did the same thing I would have. Bailed on an impossible situation to save face and hopefully get another shot when the time is right. Saban and Spurrier in my view just weren't cut out for the NFL style of coaching. I can't say the same in this case, at least not after this season.


    It's one thing to leave and go to back to college -- if he didn't want to coach in the NFL anymore, that's his perogative. But, from what Blank said, and what's been reported, he lied to the owner's face, didn't even bother to tell any of his players, and quit with three games left to be played? If even half of that is true...That's such a punk move, it's not even funny. What a coward.


I'm just not sure. First, people keep complaining about him leaving with three games left. Yeah that does suck for the Falcons, but if he was gonna leave anyway he'd be an idiot to stick around. College football teams MUST have coaches this time of year. Recruiting depends on it. To wait even three more weeks would have been a poor way to start off at his new job. It really was crucial that if was taking the job that he get to it now.

And really what do the players want here? He had to stick around and watch them lose three more games? Why? They hated him anyway. You can't have it both ways. If you hate the coach and he leaves, you can't say boo hoo poor us he should have stayed till the end.

Now Blank is another matter. Poor guy keeps getting crapped on. I think you don't tell your old boss you have a new job until the paperwork is done, but you tell him before it's public. Which of course is next to impossible in the current age to keep anything a secret for more than ten hours, but still.

I mean if you're looking to change jobs do you tell YOUR boss before you're sure you've got another job to fall back on? Especially when you've been putting out crappy results for the past six months? Just because sports cause us to get more emotional than our typical jobs doesn't mean these guys have to live up to a standard most of us don't.
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#11 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.46
At least in the SEC West, Petrino and Nick Saban can start the annual "Commitment Bowl" between Arkansas and Alabama

Nice line on ESPN today saying that Petrino has now signed contracts with 3 different organizations for a combined 19 years of head coaching services. In the last 17 months.

No offense to any Razorback fans out there, but Arkansas isn't quite an NCAA "destination job", so don't be surprised if your new coach is sniffing around another campus before this deal is up.

For the Falcons, I just get the feeling that this will turn into a good thing, putting a cap on this sorry season and letting the team start a new era with a new coach next year (even if a studly QB doesn't fall to them in the upper 1st round).

Something like the line in Shawshank, where Red tells us that "Andy crawled to freedom through five hundred yards of shit-smelling foulness I can't even imagine. Or maybe I just don't want to." I think as sports fans we can have some sympathy for Falcons die-hards in 2007.



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#12 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.00
    Originally posted by wmatistic
      Originally posted by eventhis
        Originally posted by wmatistic
        No, he did the same thing I would have. Bailed on an impossible situation to save face and hopefully get another shot when the time is right. Saban and Spurrier in my view just weren't cut out for the NFL style of coaching. I can't say the same in this case, at least not after this season.


      It's one thing to leave and go to back to college -- if he didn't want to coach in the NFL anymore, that's his perogative. But, from what Blank said, and what's been reported, he lied to the owner's face, didn't even bother to tell any of his players, and quit with three games left to be played? If even half of that is true...That's such a punk move, it's not even funny. What a coward.


    I'm just not sure. First, people keep complaining about him leaving with three games left. Yeah that does suck for the Falcons, but if he was gonna leave anyway he'd be an idiot to stick around. College football teams MUST have coaches this time of year. Recruiting depends on it. To wait even three more weeks would have been a poor way to start off at his new job. It really was crucial that if was taking the job that he get to it now.

    And really what do the players want here? He had to stick around and watch them lose three more games? Why? They hated him anyway. You can't have it both ways. If you hate the coach and he leaves, you can't say boo hoo poor us he should have stayed till the end.

    Now Blank is another matter. Poor guy keeps getting crapped on. I think you don't tell your old boss you have a new job until the paperwork is done, but you tell him before it's public. Which of course is next to impossible in the current age to keep anything a secret for more than ten hours, but still.

    I mean if you're looking to change jobs do you tell YOUR boss before you're sure you've got another job to fall back on? Especially when you've been putting out crappy results for the past six months? Just because sports cause us to get more emotional than our typical jobs doesn't mean these guys have to live up to a standard most of us don't.


Isn't there something to be said, though, for at least trying to work it out? As rexsoxnation pointed out, the Falcons' situation could be much worse. They're going to have a high draft pick, they'll have cap space, and assuming Blank had Petrino's back as much as it seemed (until he bolted), I'm sure Petrino could have convinced him to trade or release some of the primary players that were giving him issues. I'm actually surprised Petrino didn't stick around to try and draft his boy Brian Brohm.
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#13 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.69
To a Falcons fan, it is almost comical how pathetic this season is. That's saying a lot for a franchise that has yet to post consecutive winning seasons. Ever. Having said that though, I'm actually kinda glad to see Petrino go. It does make our situation look even more dire than before with him bolting mid-season, but he wasn't doing anything to be happy about while he was here. Couldn't figure out which quarterback he wanted, couldn't figure out how he wanted to use Michael Vick for the short time they were there together, couldn't get along with his players, just generally couldn't coach worth a damn. The Falcons are historically much worse without Michael Vick, but they were just plain pathetic this season. Good riddance, bring on a real NFL coach.

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#14 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.05
Well, they have had consecutive non-losing seasons on 3 separate occasions. That has to be worth something, right?

71-72 (7-6-1, 7-7)
77-78 (7-7, 9-7)
04-05 (11-5, 8-8)



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