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From Peter King, Monday Morning QB – SportsIllustrated.com

"When Mike really needed them, they turned their back on him in my opinion. They could have been a big supporter and they let him go. I wasn't there so I don't know the organization's standpoint, but I thought they could have been more supportive and instead they severed ties with him.''

-- Former Falcons coach Dan Reeves, who drafted Michael Vick to play for the franchise in 2001, to Tim McManus of Philadelphia Sports Daily.

In 2008, after Vick lied to owner Arthur Blank, GM Rich McKay and commissioner Roger Goodell about his involvement in dog fighting, and was sitting in federal prison after being sentenced to 23 months plus three years' probation, and the Falcons were coming off a 4-12 disaster of a season in which the quarterbacks were Joey Harrington, Chris Redman and Byron Leftwich, and Vick was at least two seasons away from being prepared to resume his career, and a Minnesota judge had ruled Vick could keep $16.3 million of his $20 million bonus in his Atlanta contract while sitting in prison, and while Blank was exchanging letters in prison with Vick -- telling him he hoped he could turn around his life -- the Falcons drafted Matt Ryan to replace Vick at quarterback.

I think all of that just might have led to how the Falcons, in Reeves' eyes, "turned their back'' on Vick. Might.

Link: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2011/writers/peter_king/09/19/week2/3.html

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Super Bowl or no, how any knowledgeable and loyal Falcons fan can still harbor kind thoughts regarding Dan Reeves is beyond my understanding. In the end Reeves proved himself to be at best a mediocre coach who was almost as big a quitter as Petrino. Many forget Reeves wasn't fired; he departed in a huff with three games left in the 2003 season leaving his players and coaching staff high and dry. When Reeves confronted Blank to know whether or not he was going to be dismissed at the end of the season (and there was no way Reeves could have had any illusion what the answer would be) Blank actually told him the truth. And after all that transpired, Reeves actually believes the Falcons "turned their back" on Vick. Incredible.

Apparently Reeves has severed all ties with the Falcons. That suits me just fine.

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It's clear that Reeves is still bitter about his exit in 2003. But I would like to ask him exactly what he thought the Falcons should have done? Vick was going to federal prison for the next two years, the team headquarters were being protested on a daily basis, and Mike Vick was the most hated man in sports if not the entire country. There was absolutely no way any team would have kept Vick under those circumstances.

Sad to see that he's still carrying that bitterness around with him to the point that he makes foolish comments like this.

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So we are supposed to sit around on our %#^@ waiting on a criminal to get out of prison, after he lied to our owner? I don't think so. Reeves is one of my favorite coaches of all time, but he has made the wrong call on this one. Vick had his chance with us and he blew it, had he not lied he might still be here.

EDIT: I also forgot about his middle-finger escapade after the Saints loss in '06. A franchise QB giving his own fans the middle finger? I think we are pretty justified in "severing ties" with him. In the partial words of Mike Smith, "To h*** with [Vick]".

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Everything worked out for the good, better, and best. If things did not go sour like they did, we would not be enjoying more success than we've ever had and with a better franchise QB than out last franchise QB.

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Well I have a ton of respect for Dan Reeves as he really was the first step in gaining this historically sorry franchise some kind for respect from the NFL world.

But he lost his job here mainly due to his stubborness in retaining the GM duties, which we all know he was horrible at and at a time when everyone in the NFL realized you needed a seperate specialist running the front office duties.

So it saddens me to see him show such sour grapes in the press. Dan please do yourself a favor and just fade into history quietly.

Vick sealed his fate with this team, and the NFL when he publicly lied to Goodell and Mr. Blank about his role in the dogfighting affair.

Mr. Blank runs the franchise as a business, which is the way it should be run. When Vick was here he was almost a doting father towards him.

Besides that whole sorry affair is history, and in the end everyone came out or it very well.

Vick has his career back, and we ended up totally revamping the front office, coaching staff, and got ourselves a great franchise QB.

Just let it go Dan.

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"In 2008, after Vick lied to owner Arthur Blank, GM Rich McKay and commissioner Roger Goodell about his involvement in dog fighting, etc."

Nuff said IMO. Haven't trusted Reeves since that suspiciously horrible Super Bowl performance where he practically gave his boy Elway a ring. I could be wrong but I don't remember Reeves being particularly happy about having Vick in the first place.

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My brother told me about this Dan Reeves quote last night and I almost didn't believe him. I thought he must have misread or misheard what had been said. Surely Dan Reeves wouldn't have said something so stupid, but he did. The Falcons turned their backs on Vick? Um, no, Vick turned his back on the Falcons, and the Falcons moved on. It pains me to say that I've just lost all respect for Dan Reeves. Maybe it really is just because he's bitter. Or perhaps he's going senile. If it's the latter, at least I can't hold it against him.

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Dan Reeves has obviously lost touch with reality. When a high profile player like Vick does what he did - you must separate your team as far away from him as possible. It was a media nightmare, anyone associated with Vick during that was going to go down in flames with him.

Reeves orchestrated the draft day trade that allowed us to draft him, so Reeves feels some ownership there. But Vick turned on Reeves. Vick needed a young coach, not an old fart who ran a 1970s playbook. Vick didnt even run those plays anyway, he always improvised his own plays, and played backyard style football.

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Dan Reeves has obviously lost touch with reality. When a high profile player like Vick does what he did - you must separate your team as far away from him as possible. It was a media nightmare, anyone associated with Vick during that was going to go down in flames with him.

Reeves orchestrated the draft day trade that allowed us to draft him, so Reeves feels some ownership there. But Vick turned on Reeves. Vick needed a young coach, not an old fart who ran a 1970s playbook. Vick didnt even run those plays anyway, he always improvised his own plays, and played backyard style football.

One thing that has always bewildered me about Dan Reeves is how he could take things so personal at the end of his tenure with the Falcons. Reeves had been in the NFL literally all of his adult life, as a player and then at various levels of coaching. One would think he more than anyone would know the nature of the business he’s in – NFL coaches are hired to be fired. But apparently Reeves felt that Blank and the Falcons owed him a head coaching job.

The truth is Vick’s injury in 2003 preseason showed to the world just how little Reeves had done with the Falcons in seven seasons – take away one key player and the whole structure collapses. (It’s the same thing that I believe will cost Jim Caldwell his job in Indianapolis at the end of this season.) That the Falcons had to go in another direction was obvious to all but, it seems, Reeves. Just how petty Dan Reeves has revealed himself to be in the intervening years is startling. However, I remember Broncos and Giants fans warning us about Reeves when he was hired by the Falcons in 1997, but no one listened at the time.

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Link: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2011/writers/peter_king/09/19/week2/3.html

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Super Bowl or no, how any knowledgeable and loyal Falcons fan can still harbor kind thoughts regarding Dan Reeves is beyond my understanding. In the end Reeves proved himself to be at best a mediocre coach who was almost as big a quitter as Petrino. Many forget Reeves wasn't fired; he departed in a huff with three games left in the 2003 season leaving his players and coaching staff high and dry. When Reeves confronted Blank to know whether or not he was going to be dismissed at the end of the season (and there was no way Reeves could have had any illusion what the answer would be) Blank actually told him the truth. And after all that transpired, Reeves actually believes the Falcons "turned their back" on Vick. Incredible.

Apparently Reeves has severed all ties with the Falcons. That suits me just fine.

**** Dan is either a bitter old man or gone senile. I guess I can still respect him for what he did in1998 but **** Dan bitter much. Blank had no choice,hopefully anybody here that doesn't agree would tell me what the scenario should have been. Forget the 2 years away from football cause he is in prison, it would have been a PR nightmare for a franchise,no other good QB would have come in here with Vick looming on the horizon can't imagine it being worse than Harrington but **** it could have been.

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Mike Vick got to keep his millions that the falcons gave him after he went to prison. Football teams need to protect their own, sure, but you can't help someone who won't help himself and ultimately mike Vick screwed himself AND the entire city of Atlanta (including the falcons) so Dan is wrong. Lost some respect for him when I read that

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"When Mike I really needed them, they turned their back on him me in my opinion. They could have been a big supporter and they let him me go. I wasn't there so I don't know the organization's standpoint, but I thought they could have been more supportive and instead they severed ties with him me.''

-- Former Falcons coach Dan Reeves

Bozo reads between the lines......... ^_^

What Dan really meant to say............. ;)

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