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Who besides me and Arthur Blank was fooled by Petrino?


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at first i was not fooled. but after i learned more about his offense and saw that 3rd preseason game i thought: okay maybe it will work. then some questionable things happened:

Rumors about trading d.hall popped up

we released grady jackson

Rumors about alge crumpler being traded popped up

They always said we werent playing hard.

I then thought maybeeeee....it is the coach!?!

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I wasn't fooled at all, and even though I wasn't complaining and declaring him a failure after the Minnesota game I was always hopeful that given time he could make things work.

His style might have worked if he had a bunch of rookies, but was doomed to fail with vets and free agents coming and going withthe way the NFL works. Basically if he became successful with his style he wouldn't get as much grief like Bellichick, but this dude went way overboard and from the sound of it made Coughlin look like Mora or June Jones.

...I've been a fan of this team too long, not to be cynical no matter who comes here.

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He got me Superfan, hook, line and sinker. I thought he would bring some discipline and creativity to this team. But you cannot teach discipline when you are a coward, and you cannot be creative when your mind is on other jobs.

So pissed, but hopefully this is for the best. I really feel for Blank. I know he wants to win, to put a good product on the field. But he is learning that it is harder than just wanting it and paying for it.

Here is to the players here, and to next year.

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beernuts (12/12/2007)
completely and totally suckered - stamp chump on my forehead because Ithougt he was the answer

probably one of many reasons I do not have a future in the NFL

McKay had a past and has a future in the NFL and he made the same mistake. You would make a wicked strength and conditioning coach.

"Guys...I want you to drink 6 beers a day...STAT!"

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beernuts (12/12/2007)
completely and totally suckered - stamp chump on my forehead because Ithougt he was the answer

probably one of many reasons I do not have a future in the NFL

McKay had a past and has a future in the NFL and he made the same mistake. You would make a wicked strength and conditioning coach.

"Guys...I want you to drink 6 beers a day...STAT!"

psst - listen, fella, I just saw your sig, and well, you might want to keep it on the downlow - its a little, well, uncomfortable

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Lord knows I was. After Mora's firing I was firmly on the "staunch disciplinarian bandwagon and believed someone with an attitude like Petrino's was just what this team needed. As Petrino's flaws began to make themselves clear, I justified many of his actions as "discipline" or because they were the result of obvious problems like DeAngelo Hall's meltdown against Carolina. I will always be the kind of guy who's more likely to take a coach's side versus a player but the entire Petrino fiasco will lead to a deeper questioning of these incidents as they occur. Obviously many of the problems in the locker room were not the result of prima donna players but where the result of a bully attempting to get his way through force.

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Lord Dark Helmet (12/12/2007)
Not me. I must have posted "Petrino is Spurrier part 2" or "Petrino=Dennis Erickson" at least a hundred times since he was hired. I hated the Petrino hiring. I hope it's true that the Falcons have been in contact with Steve Mariucci.

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!

!!!!!!!!!!!

That's like going for an outdated Knapp. No way.

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He had me... but I also had no idea his communication skills were so horrible.

When DHall spoke out about some guys just not being cut out for the NFL... that's when I started having my doubts about Petrino. Everyone was blasting Hall for losing it and going off, but it just kinda set off a flag for me. I didn't think he would bolt at the first opportunity... I really thought his x's and o's could do a lot for this team... but now, as we see, he sorely lacked the ability to be an NFL head coach.

Sad, really... I thought the Falcons had a lot of potential with him developing us. I had no idea he was such a spoiled kid, though.

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Superfan "! (12/12/2007)
He had me fooled all the way, but he REALLY pulled the wool over Blank's eyes. Who else besides me and Arthur was sucked in?

I dont think the fans were fooled but you and others unfortunately had optimism for him . Really all you had to do is read a little about Petrino when he was hired which exposed him even back then for what a lot of people are now claiming to realize about him. He is a liar and he will take any opportunity that he feels is better for him regardless of how it affects anyone else. Thats what basically i got from reading a little bit about him the day he signed so it comes as no surprise to me what has happened. It is not like this has never happened before with the guy.

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I thought it was a good hire at first. Louisville had a very good pro-style offense, and I thought that it would be a good fit with our personnel. I wanted to be optimistic about him - he talked a big game, and sounded like just the kind of X's and O's coach that we needed to take us to the next level. We all knew before the beginning of the season that we in all likelyhood weren't going to be a playoff team - that we would probably be looking at another top ten pick. I believed that, despite the initial reports of friction between the players and him, that they would be able to overcome this and form a strong bond that would be a good starting point for next season.

I really did want Petrino to succeed here, and lead us to a championship and annual playoff competition. I don't hold him entirely responsible for the 3-10 record this season: quite honestly, the team isn't very good. However, for an "offensive genius," his offensive didn't strike me as being particularly creative, and his game management was simply atrocious. This can be blamed partly on poor play of position groups and individual players, but is in my opinion just as much to blame on the coaching. When teams like Indy and NE suffer injuries, they plug in a scrub and suddenly he's playing like a star. When we suffered injuries, we plug in a scrub and suddenly he's playing like...a scrub. It's up to the coaching staff to design a scheme that fits the players - something which Petrino seemed unwilling or unable to do.

After reading some of the articles that have come out since last night, I'm absolutely shocked to hear what was going on behind the scenes. Granted, we've only heard one side of the story, but I thought the extent of the damage was players being upset about not being featured in the offense as much as they were in the past. The more I read about what was really going on, the better I feel about him being gone.

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