Thank you Arthur Blank, but it’s time to sell the Atlanta Falcons
The benevolent owner of the Atlanta Falcons has been a great community guy during his 17-year tenure with the team. He helped bring the Super Bowl here, he donated to community functions, and even with the new stadium, he’s tried to help improve that area of the city.
And for that, we say thank you, Arthur Blank. But it’s time to sell the Atlanta Falcons. The team is at an important juncture and Blank, as trusting and nice as he is, isn’t going to be the guy to get them to a championship.
We’ve seen what happens when owners overstay their welcome, the late Al Davis with the Raiders, Dan Snyder and the Redskins, and Jerry Jones in Dallas. Teams live in mediocrity. Eight wins and eight losses become the norm and foolishness is accepted.
Dan Quinn is approaching early Jason Garrett’s status. Doing just enough to impress the owner to buy one more year while not making any strides in improvement. Blank wanted and deserves a Super Bowl.
In five tries Quinn hasn’t been successful, neither was Jim Mora, or Bobby Petrino, or Mike Smith. But what do these guys have in common? They are nice guys, like Blank himself.
Niceness doesn’t win championships.
The Atlanta Falcons have lacked a coach that will hold players accountable. And when they had one in Bryan Cox, he was let go because he was too rough on the players.
He made Matt Ryan the highest-paid quarterback at the time because Matt is a nice guy. And Blank likes him. Same for Julio Jones. But now the Falcons are cash strapped and can’t afford the outside talent they need to actually become a Super Bowl contender.
Arthur Blank is the owner. The buck stops with him. Every hiring decision that happens on the staff must get his approval. In fact, as the Falcons floundered around this year the best he could muster was the team would “think really hard.”
Really Mr. Blank?
You have to do more than think to win in this league. You must act. Thank you for the memories and ushering this team into a new era but it’s time to sell the team and let someone else take a crack at it.