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It’S Arthur Blank’S Show Now, And That Could Be Problem - Jeff Schultz


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Well geez, I don't know, probably because he knows somebody who knows somebody that had an idea that it was happening. Why tf would Blank want that info out there? It absolutely does not help his cause.

Lol so the guy that got the guy who gets blanks coffee, coffee: told shlitz something was up? This was calculated, maybe they didn't want to miss out on the top ten pick? Easier to sell tix with three big stars, Ryan Julio no. 8, its about psl's and selling out that billion dollar dome.

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Hope you boys don't regret calling for Smiths head. This could be the start of another dark age for Atlanta

We're already in the midst of a 10-22 downward spiral into the sewer, so I think you're worrying needlessly about things possibly getting worse. I've lived through the "bad times" and they weren't at all different from what we've seen the last two years, especially that 34-3 drubbing last game.

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Lol so the guy that got the guy who gets blanks coffee, coffee: told shlitz something was up? This was calculated, maybe they didn't want to miss out on the top ten pick? Easier to sell tix with three big stars, Ryan Julio no. 8, its about psl's and selling out that billion dollar dome.

Bro. This didn't come from the falcons. If the panthers had an idea this was going down, they could have "leaked" it. Schultz is a hack and just wanted to stir the pot to get reads.
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It's about time Blank showed some leadership. He knows what good football is and when you have a team like TD and Smitty who can't put together a good college team, than it's time to kick *** and take names. Blank will lead us to the promise land and it will happen next season. By the time you know it, this team will be dominating in the new stadium and Blank will say HA HA

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It's about time Blank showed some leadership. He knows what good football is and when you have a team like TD and Smitty who can't put together a good college team, than it's time to kick *** and take names. Blank will lead us to the promise land and it will happen next season. By the time you know it, this team will be dominating in the new stadium and Blank will say HA HA

R has spoken.

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Even if it was leaked shouldn't that have motivated the team even more to win the game and prove to Blank that he was making a mistake? Why in the heIl did Blank have to hire a firm before he fired Smitty? Why not wait until after?

Gotta get the firm you want before another team possibly scoops them up.

Sounds like great foresight by Blank.

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I am tired of hearing about how Blank supposedly cost the game for us yesterday with a leak.

What would his true motive have been?

Would Blank really have preferred to see our season end yesterday as opposed to at least making the playoffs for one game?

If his decision was already made to fire Smith, would the outcome of yesterday's game even mattered?

We're talking about a man who once took out a full page ad in the AJC to apologize for a six game losing streak, throwing his coach under the bus in the process. Today he undermines his GM when asked about his job security while said GM sits just feet away, as if he is not even in the room.

This has nothing to do with motive, and everything to do with Blank not having the first clue how his impetuous behavior effects the team he owns. Intentional or not, the leak could have easily been avoided. Liberty Media negotiated a friggin' stadium deal with Cobb County and they managed to keep the whole thing completely under wraps until the official announcement was made.

If Blank had even a shred of tact or discretion or impulse control, he could have done the same with the search firm hire. But as we've seen many times throughout his tenure as Falcons owner, Blank simply does what he wants to do when he wants to do it - consequences be d*mned.

Did it lose the game for us? Probably not. Did it help us in any way? Absolutely not. So, given the stakes, it was hugely important to make sure that info didn't leak. Except to the one man who should understand that the most.

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Boo hoo. My boss whom pays me millions of dollars puts pressure on me to do my dam job. Boo fukin hoo. Give me a freaking break.

Schultz has no credibility whatsoever. Stating opinion as if it's fact. Blaming Hard knocks now for the season? Easy out. Now what's the other 30 teams' excuses?

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I'm sorry but Schultz is way off base with his assumptions. Blank even said that CBS ran the search firm story the week of the Saints game and it didn't affect that game. Further, no one said the search group was going to make the hiring decision. Blank again said point blank that the search would be headed by a small internal group of current Falcons staff. Schultz has always taken the negative angle on everything.

His credibility is garbage IMO...

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I'm sorry but Schultz is way off base with his assumptions. Blank even said that CBS ran the search firm story the week of the Saints game and it didn't affect that game.

That's incorrect. Blank said there were reports regarding Mike Smith's job security the week of the Saints game. Big difference.

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Mike Smith is gone. He needed to be. As good a football coach as he is, even Smith would tell you there is no justification for going 4-12 and 6-10 in consecutive seasons and failing to fix the defense when defense is supposed to be your forte.

Thomas Dimitroff is not gone. As of … what time is it? The Falcons’ general manager has made mistakes. He knows it. He said it (even if possibly at the point of owner Arthur Blank’s bayonet). Assume nothing about Dimitroff’s future because it was clear from Blank’s incomplete responses Monday that the general manager could still be stripped of autonomy or lose his job altogether. That hinges on Blank’s ability to lure a high-profile, headline-grabbing, sell-me-some-PSLs-because-baby-needs-high-speed-wifi coach who demands all the power.

Which leads me to this: This is Blank’s show. I’m not sure that’s a good thing.

It’s impossible to not admire Blank as a businessman. It’s impossible to not embrace the fact he’s emotionally and financially invested in his team, because that’s what anybody should want in a sports owner.

But there’s another, far less endearing side to Blank. He’s hot-headed and difficult to work for, as anybody in Flowery Branch will whisper to you. The way he handled Smith’s exit, hiring a search firm and then having it leak publicly the morning the Falcons were preparing to try to win a division title, was clumsy at best and classless at worst.

Blank takes a front-row seat at every post-game news conference (with family members). He holds weekly meetings with his football operations staff. He strolls the sideline for the final minutes of almost every game.

I’ve heard from fans who believe strong-minded coaches won’t work for Dimitroff. I disagree. I think the bigger obstacle is Blank.

He’s already undercut Dimitroff with the search committee hire. Dimitroff and former GM Rich McKay, who’s taken his share of arrows, sat there Monday as Blank said, “I’ll be involved in the search” and, “at the end of the day, the decision will be mine.”

Do you want this man making football decisions? He thinks business first, not football. (Read: Sales in the new stadium.) Business is what he knows. The last time Blank and the marketing department forced a decision on football operations, everybody was subjected to, “Hard Knocks.”

That worked out well.

I’m neutral on Dimitroff. I understand the screaming from the cheap seats to fire him. But if you’re going to hold him responsible for 2013 and 2014, you also need to credit him for 2008 to 2012. He inherited a mess of a franchise, in case anybody has forgotten.

Blank grew irritated Monday when media members kept asking him about Dimitroff’s status, but he’s the one who left the door open, saying the coaching search will “help us determine if we’ll make any other changes to the structure of any parts of the football operations.”

The Falcons’ roster is not talent-less. They can turn this around pretty quickly, with the right moves. All together now: find pass rushers, solidify the offensive line.

The biggest question is whether Dimitroff will have a significant voice in the coach hiring. Blank wants buzz. Dimitroff wants a coach. But they don’t have to be mutually exclusive.

http://bleacherreport.com/tb/dfGtN?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=newsletter&utm_campaign=atlanta-falcons

Bleacher report? Seriously?

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That's incorrect. Blank said there were reports regarding Mike Smith's job security the week of the Saints game. Big difference.

Just listened to it again and he said, "I would also say to you the week before when CBS reported similar reports and we beat the crap out of the Saints in New Orleans, I didn't hear a lot of reporting about 'was that a distraction?' because obviously it wasn't."

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Just listened to it again and he said, "I would also say to you the week before when CBS reported similar reports and we beat the crap out of the Saints in New Orleans, I didn't hear a lot of reporting about 'was that a distraction?' because obviously it wasn't."

This is exactly why I do not join the media created lynch mobs. The truth is still slowly surfacing and I'm sure we'll hear more later. I dont trust Shultz as far as I can throw him so anything he says has to be taken with a grain of salt.

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