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So, as we’ve all no doubt heard, our illustious owner, in an effort to put butts in the seats at Artie World, is currently on the hunt for an “A-list” coach. We’re talking the J-Law of head coaches here, folks. A search for the Beyonce of GMs may not be far behind. In an effort to help with the process, I have gathered press clippings from over the years to show potential hires what they will have to look forward to. I’m sure the Cowhers and Grudens of the world will be falling out of their cushy analyst chairs and over each other to be first to sign on the dotted line after reading this. You’re welcome, Falcons fans.

“Got Your Back, Coach”

Blank took out another ad in Tuesday's editions of the Atlanta newspaper, this time to apologize to fans for a six-game losing streak that left the Falcons (1-6) owning the league's worst record.

''This team should clearly be playing better than it is,'' Blank said following a 45-17 loss Sunday to New Orleans. ''That's really what's frustrating. The guys know we're better than this. The coaching staff has got to challenge themselves.''

When Blank asked Reeves to give him a few minutes Tuesday to address the players briefly, the coach didn't hesitate.

''Arthur's the owner,'' Reeves said Wednesday. ''Arthur can do whatever he wants to.''

http://onlineathens.com/stories/102303/spo_20031023071.shtml

Lord Of The The Sideline

The outcome of the Atlanta Falcons' 14-3 victory over Tampa Bay was still in question when DeAngelo Hall outran Joey Galloway and intercepted Chris Simms' 44-yard pass in the end zone. With less than four minutes remaining, head coach Jim Mora suddenly tried his hand at anger management counseling.

He feared linebackers coach Chris Beake, who had overstepped NFL protocol by moving onto the field as he yelled to a field official that an Atlanta player had been blocked from behind, would draw a sideline penalty that could wipe out the interception. Mora stepped in quickly to restrain Beake, and a brief furor ensued between the two men.

Falcons owner Arthur Blank, who had assumed his customary fourth-quarter spot along the sideline, helped calmed down Mora and Beake.

http://gainesvillele...ts/125064.shtml

Before There Was Julio, There Was…

Sources say Falcons owner Arthur Blank has pretty much ordered Atlanta general manager Rich McKay to do everything he can to put the team into position to land [Calvin] Johnson at No. 2. Blank wants Johnson for a couple of reasons. First, Johnson played at Georgia Tech and would help sell tickets to disillusioned Falcons fans who have endured two non-playoff seasons after Atlanta went to the NFC title game in 2004. Second, the Falcons still have their long-standing need of a reliable big-play receiver for quarterback Michael Vick to play pitch and catch with.

http://sportsillustr...ades/index.html

Before There Was Calvin, There Was…

“Nobody wanted Peerless Price more than [owner] Arthur Blank," Reeves said on Sirius NFL Radio Wednesday. "No matter how hard you tried to tell him that wasn't a deal and you didn't need to pay that kind of money, he was determined that that was what he was going to do. So that's as much the owner as it is anybody. Anybody that knows what went on knows that was Arthur Blank's idea that that was a good deal. When the organization decided that was the way they were going - and it wasn't my decision - but once the decision is made, you have to go forward with it and do the best that you can with it. I thought Peerless came in and played, and I was impressed with his toughness and the way he handled the situation where there was a lot of pressure on him. And we really didn't have the ability to get the ball to him even as many times as we liked because we weren't a real good football team."

http://www.fantasysharks.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=507456

With The 21st Pick In The 2008 NFL Draft, The Atlanta Falcons Select… David Baker’s Son

Sam Baker wasn't expecting to be drafted in the first round on Saturday.

"I anticipated going later in the draft," Baker said. "I was pretty surprised."

Baker, a four-year starting left tackle at Southern California, is the son of Arena Football League commissioner David Baker.

Baker said he has been in Atlanta for a Georgia Force AFL game. He's an AFL fan, as might be expected of the son of the league's commissioner.

Baker said his father is a fan of Arthur Blank, the owner of the Falcons and the Georgia Force.

http://onlineathens.com/stories/042708/sports_2008042700214.shtml

“No – I Mean I Literally Got Your Back, Coach”

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Blackened Tuna

Parcells said he felt the contractual issue at the start of negotiations with Blank was ominous. He also disagreed with the owner's philosophy of making Atlanta's black fan base a factor in football decisions.

http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/shutdown-corner/new-parcells-biography-details-flirtation-with-atlanta--concerns-about-black-fan-base-222031286.html

Passing On The Likes Of Carl Nicks, Navorro Bowman And Justin Houston Explained

“At the Falcons, one way we do that is by recruiting the very best individuals to our team – players who want to win on the field and off the field. We use a system that measures aspects of their character, as well as their football talent – before they’re ever asked to join the team. It’s called the “Falcons Filter” – and it’s helping us build a high-character, high integrity organization that can win the ultimate game -- the ‘Super Bowl of Life,’ as we like to call it.”

-Arthur Blank, 2004

http://www3.citadel.edu/pao/e_let/sy05-06/200512/a_ethics.shtml

Yanking The Chain Of Command

We're also told that, on Monday, owner Arthur Blank summoned Donatell and Knapp to his office, and that Blank wouldn't allow head coach Jim Mora inside the room until Blank had a chance to talk with them. After the four men met, Knapp was angry -- and word is that Knapp is openly blaming the performance of the offense on the limited passing skills of quarterback Michael Vick.

http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/

The Great Enabler

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We hear these proceedings have been particularly troubling for Blank, who made Vick the highest-paid player in the league when he signed Vick to a 10-year, $130 million deal in 2004. Word is, McKay didn’t want to offer Vick such a lucrative deal, but that Blank went way above the market value to send a message that he was going to take care of his people. But it now appears the move has backfired.

http://www.profootba...m?mode=nfcsouth

Where There’s Smoke, There’s Liar

Petrino agent Russ Campbell told Birmingham News columnist Kevin Scarbinsky that the coach had a major issue with Blank meddling in football operations. From Scarbinsky's column:

"One of the main issues," Campbell said, "was the owner's involvement in the football program."

Blank assured Petrino a year ago that he would stay out of the way if that's what the coach wanted, Campbell said, but "he's in it up to his elbows." One meddlesome example: After a pregame team prayer, Blank pulled Petrino aside and strongly objected to the prayer's wording.

http://falcfans.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=6391

Nearly Beating Petrino To The Punch

"If that job's open you'll find me at the friggin' head of the line with my resume in my hand ready to take that job... I don't care if we're in the middle of a playoff run, I'm packing my stuff and going back to Seattle... The further I get from away from it, the more I'm drawn to it. That's the job I want."

-Jim Mora

http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=2698649

“Surprise! Got Your Front, Too!”

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That said, it's unusual to see an NFL team's owner at the postgame news conference of his head coach, and the Atlanta Falcons' Mike Smith can't feel too comfy seeing Arthur Blank pulling up a chair for his chat after the Falcons blew a final-minute lead in a 26-24 loss to the Cleveland Browns.

When Brian Hoyer led the Browns down the field 61 yards on seven plays for the game-winning drive, Blank hung his head down as he walked into the tunnel. And he apparently made a bee-line to the media conference room, awaiting Smith's explanation of the Falcons' seventh loss in 11 games.

http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nfl-shutdown-corner/arthur-blank-grabbed-front-row-seat-at-mike-smith-s-press-conference-214026750.html

Thomas Dimitroff Explains The Pioli Hire Using Arthur Blank’s Mouth. Spooky.

http://www.atlantafalcons.com/media-lounge/videos/Arthur-Blank-Thomas-Dimitroff-Talk-Pioli-Signing/988a6b70-ec1b-458c-9fef-9991eac3ff17

*Warning: Contains graphic awkwardness*

Due Animus

With the Falcons’ set to play an all-or-nothing game against the Carolina Panthers for the NFC South Division title, ESPN.com is reporting that the team has hired the search firm, Korn Ferry, to identify head coaching candidates in the likely event that coach Mike Smith is fired.

The fact that Smith is on the verge of losing his job is the worst kept secret in Atlanta.

While no source has been identified, the kind of story can only be leaked by one of two parties, the Falcons or the search firm. Search firms are notoriously secretive. NFL owners and front office executives are notorious for leaking stories to their television “partners” like ESPN in hopes of currying favor — and few do this more than Blank.

http://jeffschultz.blog.ajc.com/2014/12/28/live-falcons-hire-search-firm-nice-timing-arthur/

For Whatever A Man Shall Sow, That Also Shall He Reap

McDaniels truly values what he has in New England, from ownership to management to personnel and, after moving his young family repeatedly, has prized stability in recent years.
While the presence of Matt Ryan in Atlanta makes that job attractive to candidates, some close to McDaniels believe there is enough behind the scenes with the Falcons to give him trepidation.
The Neverending Story
I'm told by several that Rex Ryan lost interest in Atlanta because front office is too involved. Rex wants less hands in pot.
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As I see it the MAIN reason any qualified football person would want to work for Blank is he would know Blank doesn't know a d.amn thing about the game and that he would not have to debate every move with a clueless owner.

If you had read, you would understand there has never been a debate. Julio, Peerless Price, the Vick contract... Blank doesn't take no for an answer when he wants something. And he always wants something.

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What a great job pulling all that together, coop. I have always felt Blank had a lot of involvement in the draft and pretty much micro-managed most of the other football decisions at Flowery Branch.

I'm calling it now. Whoever the new HC is next season, the Falcons new catch phrase will be about running the football - after reaching for Todd Gurley in a first round trade up, of course.

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Blanks an Aszhole,,, yall all think the world of this Slick business man who targets One and Onky One market revenue source for himself and City of Atlanta.

You dont really think Blanky cares a rats asz about you, do you.

Who the F'k you think that whole Rise Up was aimed at,,especially

the pay check to Sammy L Jackson.

Do you really think this aszhole cares about football or does he just do

what ever it takes to put the community in the seats of the dome.

WTF Ever say what you want,, cause the truth is a nasty pill to swallow.

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Round of applause for the post. I hate to suggest this but. Maybe AB can reach out to another GM and ask for some advice. Maybe JJ but AB will not do interviews like JJ.

Doesn't much matter who Blank chooses to succeed Smith. Because it'll only be a matter of time before he sinks the whole works with his impulsiveness and impatience.

We're talking about a man who has had two HCs quit on him before the season was over. And another head coach who currently looks like he is counting down the hours before he can leave.

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i personally think AB DOES care about winning,before Blank we didnt expect the falcons to win every week, now we do. everyone says he only cares about putting butts in seats....well naturally. he is not the only owner to think like that, in Houston, everyone expected them to take Manzelle, mainly to draw all the local Manzelle fans... it happens everywhere.... arthur care, he is like us...he is tired of waiting on a championship. i think loosing kills him..as much as it does me...

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I'm calling it now. Whoever the new HC is next season, the Falcons new catch phrase will be about running the football - after reaching for Todd Gurley in a first round trade up, of course.

Wow, Cooper, that was a great outline of Blank's tenure. While I always felt that he was a truly interested owner, I never really perceived him to be meddlesome (after the Price and Vick mistakes). You have opened my eyes. I like Blank much more than Rankin Smith, but it seems that we have a meddlesome owner that looks a lot more like Jones/Snyder than Mara/Rooney. It kinda makes you wonder whether this franchise will ever win a championship.

You are also going to be right about the new mantra. We will hear about running the ball until we are sick of it. Every season, we over react to a problem, like a pendulum. This team reminds me of an old saying: Repeating the same actions and expecting a different result is the definition of insanity.

This team is like a dog chasing its tail.

Great post, OP.

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Blanks an Aszhole,,, yall all think the world of this Slick business man who targets One and Onky One market revenue source for himself and City of Atlanta.

You dont really think Blanky cares a rats asz about you, do you.

Who the F'k you think that whole Rise Up was aimed at,,especially

the pay check to Sammy L Jackson.

Do you really think this aszhole cares about football or does he just do

what ever it takes to put the community in the seats of the dome.

WTF Ever say what you want,, cause the truth is a nasty pill to swallow.

Karst, we are all angry with this team, but please don't let that anger spoil your entire brain. Blank gets his financial reports regularly and he sees where his business has the most potential for growth. Don't blame him for targeting his promotions to capture the most new business he can get.

Don't turn this into a racial thing.

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So, as we’ve all no doubt heard, our illustious owner, in an effort to put butts in the seats at Artie World, is currently on the hunt for an “A-list” coach. We’re talking the J-Law of head coaches here, folks. A search for the Beyonce of GMs may not be far behind. In an effort to help with the process, I have gathered press clippings from over the years to show potential hires what they will have to look forward to. I’m sure the Cowhers and Grudens of the world will be falling out of their cushy analyst chairs and over each other to be first to sign on the dotted line after reading this. You’re welcome, Falcons fans.

“Got Your Back, Coach”

Blank took out another ad in Tuesday's editions of the Atlanta newspaper, this time to apologize to fans for a six-game losing streak that left the Falcons (1-6) owning the league's worst record.

''This team should clearly be playing better than it is,'' Blank said following a 45-17 loss Sunday to New Orleans. ''That's really what's frustrating. The guys know we're better than this. The coaching staff has got to challenge themselves.''

When Blank asked Reeves to give him a few minutes Tuesday to address the players briefly, the coach didn't hesitate.

''Arthur's the owner,'' Reeves said Wednesday. ''Arthur can do whatever he wants to.''

http://onlineathens.com/stories/102303/spo_20031023071.shtml

Before There Was Julio, There Was…

Sources say Falcons owner Arthur Blank has pretty much ordered Atlanta general manager Rich McKay to do everything he can to put the team into position to land [Calvin] Johnson at No. 2. Blank wants Johnson for a couple of reasons. First, Johnson played at Georgia Tech and would help sell tickets to disillusioned Falcons fans who have endured two non-playoff seasons after Atlanta went to the NFC title game in 2004. Second, the Falcons still have their long-standing need of a reliable big-play receiver for quarterback Michael Vick to play pitch and catch with.

http://sportsillustr...ades/index.html

Before There Was Calvin, There Was…

“Nobody wanted Peerless Price more than [owner] Arthur Blank," Reeves said on Sirius NFL Radio Wednesday. "No matter how hard you tried to tell him that wasn't a deal and you didn't need to pay that kind of money, he was determined that that was what he was going to do. So that's as much the owner as it is anybody. Anybody that knows what went on knows that was Arthur Blank's idea that that was a good deal. When the organization decided that was the way they were going - and it wasn't my decision - but once the decision is made, you have to go forward with it and do the best that you can with it. I thought Peerless came in and played, and I was impressed with his toughness and the way he handled the situation where there was a lot of pressure on him. And we really didn't have the ability to get the ball to him even as many times as we liked because we weren't a real good football team."

http://www.fantasysharks.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=507456

With The 21st Pick In The 2008 NFL Draft, The Atlanta Falcons Select… David Baker’s Son

Sam Baker wasn't expecting to be drafted in the first round on Saturday.

"I anticipated going later in the draft," Baker said. "I was pretty surprised."

Baker, a four-year starting left tackle at Southern California, is the son of Arena Football League commissioner David Baker.

Baker said he has been in Atlanta for a Georgia Force AFL game. He's an AFL fan, as might be expected of the son of the league's commissioner.

Baker said his father is a fan of Arthur Blank, the owner of the Falcons and the Georgia Force.

http://onlineathens.com/stories/042708/sports_2008042700214.shtml

“No – I Mean I Literally Got Your Back, Coach”

b9NqTvt.jpg

Blackened Tuna

Parcells said he felt the contractual issue at the start of negotiations with Blank was ominous. He also disagreed with the owner's philosophy of making Atlanta's black fan base a factor in football decisions.

http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/shutdown-corner/new-parcells-biography-details-flirtation-with-atlanta--concerns-about-black-fan-base-222031286.html

Passing On The Likes Of Carl Nicks, Navorro Bowman And Justin Houston Explained

“At the Falcons, one way we do that is by recruiting the very best individuals to our team – players who want to win on the field and off the field. We use a system that measures aspects of their character, as well as their football talent – before they’re ever asked to join the team. It’s called the “Falcons Filter” – and it’s helping us build a high-character, high integrity organization that can win the ultimate game -- the ‘Super Bowl of Life,’ as we like to call it.”

-Arthur Blank, 2004

http://www3.citadel.edu/pao/e_let/sy05-06/200512/a_ethics.shtml

Yanking The Chain Of Command

We're also told that, on Monday, owner Arthur Blank summoned Donatell and Knapp to his office, and that Blank wouldn't allow head coach Jim Mora inside the room until Blank had a chance to talk with them. After the four men met, Knapp was angry -- and word is that Knapp is openly blaming the performance of the offense on the limited passing skills of quarterback Michael Vick.

http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/

The Great Enabler

vick-wheelchair.jpgWe hear these proceedings have been particularly troubling for Blank, who made Vick the highest-paid player in the league when he signed Vick to a 10-year, $130 million deal in 2004. Word is, McKay didn’t want to offer Vick such a lucrative deal, but that Blank went way above the market value to send a message that he was going to take care of his people. But it now appears the move has backfired.

http://www.profootba...m?mode=nfcsouth

Where There’s Smoke, There’s Liar

Petrino agent Russ Campbell told Birmingham News columnist Kevin Scarbinsky that the coach had a major issue with Blank meddling in football operations. From Scarbinsky's column:

"One of the main issues," Campbell said, "was the owner's involvement in the football program."

Blank assured Petrino a year ago that he would stay out of the way if that's what the coach wanted, Campbell said, but "he's in it up to his elbows." One meddlesome example: After a pregame team prayer, Blank pulled Petrino aside and strongly objected to the prayer's wording.

http://falcfans.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=6391

“Surprise! Got Your Front, Too!”

B3J-B47IgAA6kmB.jpg

That said, it's unusual to see an NFL team's owner at the postgame news conference of his head coach, and theAtlanta Falcons' Mike Smith can't feel too comfy seeing Arthur Blank pulling up a chair for his chat after the Falcons blew a final-minute lead in a 26-24 loss to the Cleveland Browns.

When Brian Hoyer led the Browns down the field 61 yards on seven plays for the game-winning drive, Blank hung his head down as he walked into the tunnel. And he apparently made a bee-line to the media conference room, awaiting Smith's explanation of the Falcons' seventh loss in 11 games.

http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nfl-shutdown-corner/arthur-blank-grabbed-front-row-seat-at-mike-smith-s-press-conference-214026750.html

Thomas Dimitroff Explains The Pioli Hire Using Arthur Blank’s Mouth. Spooky.

http://www.atlantafalcons.com/media-lounge/videos/Arthur-Blank-Thomas-Dimitroff-Talk-Pioli-Signing/988a6b70-ec1b-458c-9fef-9991eac3ff17

*Warning: Contains graphic awkwardness*

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"Blank is a 'self serving' business man."

To a point maybe he is, no less than you are I'm guessing. So when you blast him for being "self-serving" don't forget the other side of the coin. He's done more for others than all of us on these boards combined... on a daily basis.

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Karst, we are all angry with this team, but please don't let that anger spoil your entire brain. Blank gets his financial reports regularly and he sees where his business has the most potential for growth. Don't blame him for targeting his promotions to capture the most new business he can get.

Don't turn this into a racial thing.

Racial thing or not.

For Blank it is all about the business end, more so than the Game.

He is no different than Rankin Smith, only more cunning.

Rooney or Blank?

Now with that being asked, you were saying what?

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