Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank seems to have a favorite child.
Any good parent will deny having a favorite child. However, we all do but we still have to deny it. This doesn’t mean you love your other child(ren) any less but each parent with more than one child has a favorite and Arthur Blank has made it well known that the Atlanta Falcons are his second favorite child.
Entering last season, Blank let it be known that it was a win or get fired season for many within the organization. Well, we all know the Falcons missed the playoffs for the second straight year but no one was held responsible for atrocious play we saw on the field.
Fans would have been okay with keeping Dan Quinn had it meant that Thomas Dimitroff was shown the door as he has failed time and time again over the last 12 years. Instead, everyone is back and the enter the 2020 season the same way they did last year, under the threat of mass firings should the franchise underperform for a third straight year.
However, look at the Atlanta Falcons MLS sibling – Atlanta United. You don’t have to like soccer to know that Blank has stopped at nothing in order to build a championship club and continues to pull out all the stops. The club recently fired a coach that brought two trophies to the club and nearly a third during his 15 months in Atlanta.
After going 0-3 in the MLS re-start without their best player, manager Frank de Boer was fired along with his entire staff. Good isn’t good enough for Atlanta United, so why is Blank accepting of mediocrity from his NFL franchise?
Atlanta Falcons should mean more than they do to Arthur Blank
When looking at everything across the board, the Falcons mean more to Arthur Blank’s bottom line than Atlanta United ever will, but Blank doesn’t take the same type of approach with the Falcons as he does Atlanta United.
Local radio host Jon Chuckery on the Atlanta Falcons radio network wondered this very thing out loud and brought up some very good points –
"“How does a manager who brought home two trophies, and had his team on the cusp of another MLS Cup lost his job after 3 games without his best player while Dan Quinn still has his job after a 1-7 start, a 7-9 season, and three 5-game losing streaks to his name, oh and let’s not forget a blown Super Bowl.”"
If Arthur Blank doesn’t soon change his approach to how he handles the Atlanta Falcons, he will have let a front office and two coaching staff waste the talent and playing careers of not one but two Hall of Fame players.
Atlanta deserves better and we all know it.