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Arthur Blank: ‘I Feel More Confident About The Team Than I Have In Any Of My 15 Years’

January 19, 2017 7:37 AM By Knox Bardeen

ATLANTA — Atlanta Falcons team owner Arthur Blank joined John Fricke and Hugh Douglas on The Morning Show Thursday. He spent nearly 15 minutes speaking about the team, success, the franchise and the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium, set to open later this year.

Blank mentioned the atmosphere at the Georgia Dome on Saturday when the Falcons beat the Seahawks to move to the NFC Championship Game. From the early tailgaters prior to the game to the electricity during, Blank said: “[I’ve never] seen the energy I saw the other day.”

He’s also never seen his Falcons team as quite this exceptional.

“I feel more confident about the team than I have in any of my 15 years,” said Blank when speaking about what makes the 2016 Falcons special.

He also answered questions about the dance moves he displayed after the win over Seattle.

“There’s a picture right over there of my mother, as an example,” said Blank. “My mother was a great dancer; she loved dancing. I probably, my love for music — all kinds, classical to folk to whatever — came really from her.

“I have three daughters that are all great dancers. My three sons I would say, all three are good dancers. Two of them are particularly good dancers, and one, my middle son, has fine-tuned his dancing his dancing at our guest ranch in Montana over the last 15 years we’ve owned that. Trying to keep up with him on the dance floor in the summer time isn’t easy, but I try.”

You can listen to the entire interview with Falcons team owner Arthur Blank by clicking below:

On the Falcons’ youth: “I love the fact — on both sides of the ball, offense and defense — the talent that we have today is young. I mean you look at people that are changing the game today, if you will, for Atlanta, it’s the entire roster for sure. But the names that come to mind are players that have been here for fairly short periods of time. I look ahead and say this team has a chance to be a competitive team for a very long period of time.”

On Mercedes-Benz Stadium: “We’ll be opening up, officially, for our first soccer match there July 30.”

On what winning a Super Bowl would mean: “It would mean a great deal for me personally and a great deal for my family. Probably more important than those things, I know what it would mean to our players and coaches and our fans throughout the city, the community, for Atlanta, which has a rich history and has been great to me, personally and professionally. For all of those reasons it would be a time for great celebration. We would celebrate for as long as we were allowed to, which would have a stop period and then we would re-focus on next year.”

 

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I'm with you AB. Confidence is at an all time high. I admit I'm starting to tense up as kickoff approaches. However, I know we are the better team. You just always wonder what random bounces that oblong shaped ball has in store for you. 

I'd absolutely love for this team to lay down an "any questions" performance this afternoon. That is much more likely that losing the game in my mind. If our defense can take it away twice, we roll. 

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6 minutes ago, PeytonMannings Forehead said:

Me too. I was oddly calm last week before the Seahawks. Couldn't explain it. I remember being more nervous against the Rams.

I got that same feeling today. I more excited than anxious.

I keep looking for stuff to worry about and can't find anything.

Yeah, same here, think the D is going to surprise people today. Tomorrow, people will be wondering what happened to Rodgers and what happened to him is he met up with a young hungry defense that backed up a juggernaut offense.

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11 minutes ago, falconidae said:

Yeah, same here, think the D is going to surprise people today. Tomorrow, people will be wondering what happened to Rodgers and what happened to him is he met up with a young hungry defense that backed up a juggernaut offense.

Yeah I don't really buy the whole "last team to have the ball wins" narrative I'm starting to hear. 

Lot of folks are out there quoting statistics and not actually watching.

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19 minutes ago, PeytonMannings Forehead said:

Me too. I was oddly calm last week before the Seahawks. Couldn't explain it. I remember being more nervous against the Rams.

I got that same feeling today. I more excited than anxious.

I keep looking for stuff to worry about and can't find anything.

Same here. I've watched the wk 8 matchup about five times now and then watched the Saints game about 3 times. Not only did the defense step up big time in the second half in wk 8, they shut down the Saints offense in wk 17, a testament to their growth. 

The problem the media has is their thoughts are stagnant. Don't measure growth unless it's for a team/player they like and will do the dirty work for. 

I still haven't figured out how we lose today other than the Falcons truly choking or Rodgers playing like he truly is some otherworldly talent. I see neither happening. 

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4 minutes ago, vel said:

Same here. I've watched the wk 8 matchup about five times now and then watched the Saints game about 3 times. Not only did the defense step up big time in the second half in wk 8, they shut down the Saints offense in wk 17, a testament to their growth. 

The problem the media has is their thoughts are stagnant. Don't measure growth unless it's for a team/player they like and will do the dirty work for. 

I still haven't figured out how we lose today other than the Falcons truly choking or Rodgers playing like he truly is some otherworldly talent. I see neither happening. 

I think the one and only thing that could derail the Falcons is turnovers.  Protect the ball and they win.  I rewatched Minny ATL last night and the Vikings were dominating until the Cunningham fumble.

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21 minutes ago, PeytonMannings Forehead said:

Yeah I don't really buy the whole "last team to have the ball wins" narrative I'm starting to hear. 

Lot of folks are out there quoting statistics and not actually watching.

Exactly. I have't bought into that either. How can they say that with the way we are playing and the team we have against a decimated Packers team, even with Rodgers. I just don't get it. Even Football Outsiders at the end of a very lengthy piece about this game, said the 'last team that has the ball' mantra.

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8 hours ago, vel said:

Same here. I've watched the wk 8 matchup about five times now and then watched the Saints game about 3 times. Not only did the defense step up big time in the second half in wk 8, they shut down the Saints offense in wk 17, a testament to their growth. 

The problem the media has is their thoughts are stagnant. Don't measure growth unless it's for a team/player they like and will do the dirty work for. 

I still haven't figured out how we lose today other than the Falcons truly choking or Rodgers playing like he truly is some otherworldly talent. I see neither happening. 

Said it all week. GB was not better than New Orleans. Did the same thing, minus a fluke onside recovery. Shut em down all day today. 

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