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In 3 years we will be kneeling at the alter of Petrino.


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HEY!!! Who remembers this claasic post? I've been saving it for a special moment and now is the time. ENJOY YA ##### PETRITARD HUGGERS!!!:

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October 27, 2007

In 3 years we will be kneeling at the alter of Petrino. The short term viewpoint is irrelevant.

While I seem to be in the minority, I couldn't be happier with the types difficult decisions and moves (at the surface) Bobby Petrino is making. Consider:

1) The man was given a 5 year $25M contract. He is the individual this organization, for better or for worse, has thrown it's weight behind. I like that, in turn, he is throwing his weight around and rustling feathers. How do you weed out the type of players you don't want on your team if you are unwilling to rock the boat?

2) I keep hearing a bunch of skepticism coming from the Falcons locker room about Petrino's credentials. Let me ask you this? If you have been hired to oversee a team of 50 people. Do you think it's more important you impress them, or they impress you? For me it's the latter, but for alot of the Falcons, including some surprises (Crumpler for one), it seems as if they've come in with the mindset that Petrino has something to prove to them. This I believe is a hangover effect from the Mora regime that looks more disastrous by the week, where Mora not only had an open door to his office, he stood behind his players unconditionally. Faced without the specter of consequences for their actions (either on the field or off), the entire team dissolved into a 'laissez-fare/what me worry' collection of self-entitled athletes.

3) If you heard the interview with Grady Jackson that the Stews conducted, Jackson admitted that he freelanced using the justification that because he was a veteran and had 'seen alot of things', there were plays he could sniff out and make the play. As it related to the effects on the rest of the 10 guys on the field, this did not seem to be a concern to him. Fact is, the Falcons rush defense is 22nd in the NFL and teams had no fear of their abiliity to stop the run based on opponents running the ball an average of 30 times/game. While you can't pin the blame on Jackson, or any one player, it was becoming clear that to whatever degree Jackson was or was not the problem - he obviously wasn't the solution either. Bottomline: Jackson had never made a Pro-Bowl and his previous 3 teams tired of him despite what looked like statistcially solid production. Jackson was brought into a defense and seen as it's final piece in 2006 when the Falcons playoff aspirations were high. With the team clearly in rebuilding mode and Jackson not willing to play within the system, what's the disconnect here? I'm more than fine with his departure.

4) We all rejoiced when a disciplinarian was hired. Was Petrino the guy that we thought would be brought in? Probably not - but everyone is in love with Mike Tomlin as the new Steelers HC. But prior to last year, he had never been a coordinator. Why is he emminently more qualified than Petrino to be a HC? Fact is, there was a distinct difference in the situations in which Tomlin and Petrino got to coach their first games. That's why the moaning and groaning about the fate of this season is somewhat surprising. Did I think we'd be this awful? I'd hoped against it, but Joey Harrington turned out to be much the same guy that Detroit and Miami became familiar with. Great guy, suspect QB. We were forewarned that this would be a transitional year for the O-Line and as such, it's been a difficult process. But here's I'm not surprised that we look to be amongst the 5 worst teams in the NFL. This was a distinct possibility. Petrino is building the foundation for what he believes is necessary to instill an attitude and approach necessary to consistently win football games and is not afraid of the short term pain that comes along with it. Discipline is the central building block to his regime. Those that see the light are welcome to stay. Those who don't will find gainful employment elsewhere eventually.

While it's easy to have guts when you have the contract Petrino has, I'm impressed with his steadfast nature and workaholic approach. I think it will be a key to our resurrgence for a prolonged period.

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This post started as a wonderful thing...all covered with ...glory. But now it's a post of celebration!!!

Let us all rejoice that Bobby saw (unlike some on the board who thought he was an NFL coach) he didn't have what it takes to make it in the NFL.

I want to offer a prayer in finding a new coach now. Come on Jesus boy, come on Christ man! Come on Allah...come on Hindu floaty thing....bless us with a WINNING head coach!!!!:w00t::w00t::w00t:

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I think that Petrino made a cowardly decision but it was good that he left. Obviously he was not right for this franchise and I am glad to see him leave. The Falcons can rebuild next few years under a coach more fit for the job. The Falcons will put this behind them and focus on next year. So long Petrino. You are not welcome to Atlanta again.

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I must admit, I was the author of this post. While it pains me to know that in retrospect these were my views, given what we know today...it's also easy to paint the current Falcons as victims.

A couple of points though that IMO are still valid:

If Grady Jackson wasn't playing the scheme, then there was an issue with Grady Jackson. Before the mob mentality took hold and all determined that they could unleash their vitriol on Petrino, the scattered comments that were coming in seemed to indicate that guys were starting to buy into the program.

Many of the points do still hold true:

1) This team still requires a disciplinarian head coach

2) Changing the culture of this franchise was going to take some time and was going to 'hurt some feelings'

3) From Blank's comments today, had Petrino not resigned consideration towards removing him from his position would not have taken place until after Year 3...so he did have the buy-in of management.

What I do regret stating:

1) That Petrino had guts...recent events obviously render this point laughable.

2) Given some of the issues that were revealed around his communication skills, his viewpoint on instilling discipline certainly appear now to be the easy way out of not having to deal with other people simply because he was guaranteed a level of secuity.

But I will eat my share of crow for this post. It was not wise.

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TheDirtyWordII (12/12/2007)
I must admit, I was the author of this post. While it pains me to know that in retrospect these were my views, given what we know today...it's also easy to paint the current Falcons as victims.

A couple of points though that IMO are still valid:

If Grady Jackson wasn't playing the scheme, then there was an issue with Grady Jackson. Before the mob mentality took hold and all determined that they could unleash their vitriol on Petrino, the scattered comments that were coming in seemed to indicate that guys were starting to buy into the program.

Many of the points do still hold true:

1) This team still requires a disciplinarian head coach

2) Changing the culture of this franchise was going to take some time and was going to 'hurt some feelings'

3) From Blank's comments today, had Petrino not resigned consideration towards removing him from his position would not have taken place until after Year 3...so he did have the buy-in of management.

What I do regret stating:

1) That Petrino had guts...recent events obviously render this point laughable.

2) Given some of the issues that were revealed around his communication skills, his viewpoint on instilling discipline certainly appear now to be the easy way out of not having to deal with other people simply because he was guaranteed a level of secuity.

But I will eat my share of crow for this post. It was not wise.

Way to man up, he fooled a lot of people...not me personally but I didn't expect him to be an instant failure either.

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There were more people then this embecile who supported Petrino. I was calling for him to be fired after he benched Joey for the slow and overweight Leftwich. We lossed the game we could have won down in New Orleans. Petrino did the same thing after two wins in a row and starting Leftwich guaranteed a loss to Tampa. What a mess, an absolute mess and to have to keep enduring the mindless comments about the "Petrino System" which is the equivalant of colon cancer. It creeps up on you and kills you. That whopping 14.3 points per game really made the rest of the NFL envious. Then Petrino cuts and runs like a coward and you still have mindless posters saying that it was all Joey's fault and Mora's. Now that is truly hysterical. I bet old Kerney and Mora are laughing it up in Seattle. Hopefully we won't draft that redneck hayseed Brohm. I still get nightmares thinking about the endless sacks and stupid interceptions.

Let's spend the first pick on Jake Long. They can get Brennan with a second and then take a novel approach and draft a receiver who can catch in both Davone Bess and Jason Rivers.

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