TheDirtyWordII Posted December 12, 2007 Share Posted December 12, 2007 With Petrino Out The Door, It;s Time For McKay to FollowWhether one considers Bobby Petrino s exodus to Fayetteville sudden or predictable, his departure was yet another domino to fall in a season full of fallen dominos. The days of the Falcons Head Coach wishing he were at another college campus seem like nirvana compared to the current state where the Falcons Head Coach actually does something about it.So to review:The Falcons have no QB to build around.The Falcons have no coach to build with.The Falcons RB to build around, may or may not be with the club. The one that is has less than 200 carries though in close to 2 seasons.The Falcons O-Line is in shambles.The Falcons defense can t stop teams from scoring 30 points/game.The Falcons fan base is dwindling rapidly.The Falcons season ticket base has not yet had to make a yes/no decision to renew with Michael Vick no longer aroundIn short, the Falcons really don t have much. Technically, it s possible that the Falcons could have 3 head coaches in 2007 (Jim Mora was fired hours into 2007). In the last few years, there have been many players, coaches and front office personnel that have come and gone through Flowery Branch& but there are really 2 that matter who are still here. Arthur Blank and Rich McKay. The one with the most money gets to day not my fault .This is not to say that Mr. Blank is not in some part responsible for the current state of the franchise. One could easily argue that his communal and coddling approach to owning a team has bred complacency instead of undying loyalty and resolve. But Blank is here to stay I mean if this year didn t see him running away from Atlanta down I-85, nothing will. Which leaves one other principle who has to answer for this mess. Mr. McKay- I m speaking to you.Under your watch which has lasted 4 years, we have seen:-3 coaching changes- 3 Top 10 draft picks (I m speculating into 2008, but it s fait accompli)- A 31-32 overall record (I m being generous in counting 2 wins at the end of 2003 when you were first hired).- 1 playoff appearance- A progressively worse record in each year of your tenure after Year 1.- According to cnnsi.com, the 3rd least amount of salary cap space in the NFL.We don t have to get into the tactical missteps of the draft and free agency. The record above says enough.Listen, we all understand that this season was sabotaged by circumstances that were in the end unreal and surreal. We re they beyond your control? Some parts yes, but some parts no. The part that wasn t beyond your control was who you did bring on board to coach the Falcons. While speculation abounds as to who really did the hiring and firing of Mora and Petrino, public record states that 1) the owner can t be fired 2) unless he steps up, the owner won t take blame. Which leaves you to answer for what now amount to 2 questionable hires. General Managers don t often get to hire 3 coaches unless they are extremely successful. But 3 coaches in 4 years?But the need for your departure reaches deeper than simply poor decisions and performance. Not much remains of these Falcons. In terms of a foundation and franchise building blocks, it s tough to point to anything and say let s start there. In reality, the Falcons have the chance to be a clean slate. A barren slate, but a clean one. The Falcons don t represent a rebuilding job. They qualify pretty much as new construction. It s not that you re not capable. Maybe you are, maybe you re not. But the Falcons need to be able to consider all options when bringing in yet another Head Coach. If you are going to bring in a Bill Cowher, does the pitch include & and you ll be reporting to Rich McKay! ? Probably not& and if that s the case with potentially hiring a guy like Cowher, which may or may not be the right move, then the commitment the Falcons have to you is conditional which is a bad way to restart or continue a relationship. On Monday, Arthur Blank was referring to Bobby Petrino has his CEO. That used to be you, didn't it? Should it be you again - or maybe we should get Bob from AccountTemps.This season the Falcons have lost everything. In a sense, it s liberating. Once you have nothing, then you can be bold and take risks without the fear of losing more. That is the current state of this franchise with one exception. Rich McKay has lots to lose. It s for the best that he lose it now. TDWII Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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