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Blinded by affection, Arthur Blank makes a major mistake - Mark Bradley

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16 hours ago, marvinthemartian said:

I have not made a single insult to anyone. I try not to do that. However, Mark Bradley has about a 40 year history in Atlanta of less than stellar commentary. Anybody who has lived here for a long time knows that. The only thing that bothers me is when media feel they can critique others in their chosen professions but then get all in their feelings when people do it back to them. 

Say what you will about the media or Mark Bradley, but you can’t dispute the results on the field for the last 3 years. Now, we are going to repeat it. But hey, gotta love Paul Bunyan.

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Bradley got it wrong - Blank got it right. Let's hope Quinn & Dimitroff can do the job but more important is that the players realize this is the last straw for each of them.

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13 minutes ago, marvinthemartian said:

Anyone who has lived in Atlanta for most of their life knows about Mark Bradley. He is right up there next to DLed. 

Oh I know hes a pretty poverty writer i just didn't quite understand your reasoning.

Pretty much all I read from the guy is him pissing and moaning about something so I understand your aggravation.

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3 hours ago, philosophico said:

Mark is right, the problem with GA teams in general is our soft fanbase the majority in this thread is OK WITH MEDIOCRITY. 

Thus the reasons the braves, hawks, dawgs, and falcons havent won anything in decades. Fanbase is ok with just having a team and has always been this way.

When a few demand better we're told by the masses just be happy you got something. Mike Smith was going after 2 seasons but because Shannhan got this team to the Super Bowl, Blank is ok keeping soft serve DQ for another year while jacking up prices. Yeah ok.

 

Enjoy them empty seats next year Blank.

I continue to read these attacks on fellow posters.  Let me ask you this.  Who on this forum has stated they want more mediocrity?  Can you provide a list of names?

You wanted a purge.  I wanted stability.  I believe a purge would have created more mediocrity than stability.  So, does that mean you are OK WITH MEDIOCRITY?

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6 minutes ago, Malachore said:

Oh I know hes a pretty poverty writer i just didn't quite understand your reasoning.

Pretty much all I read from the guy is him pissing and moaning about something so I understand your aggravation.

It dovetails nicely with the pissing and moaning on this board.  I understand that some like the decision and some do not.  I wish everyone would just state their opinion on this decision and their prospectus on the team moving forward.  And, you are right about Bradley.  It is not a coincidence that all of the AJC sports writers have the same agenda.

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17 hours ago, marvinthemartian said:

I have not made a single insult to anyone. I try not to do that. However, Mark Bradley has about a 40 year history in Atlanta of less than stellar commentary. Anybody who has lived here for a long time knows that. The only thing that bothers me is when media feel they can critique others in their chosen professions but then get all in their feelings when people do it back to them. 

This. If Bradley is for something, particularly something important, I have to more closely examine my stance if we agree. His track record is absolutely “less than stellar”. 

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51 minutes ago, dothan_birdman said:

This. If Bradley is for something, particularly something important, I have to more closely examine my stance if we agree. His track record is absolutely “less than stellar”. 

The Bradley Standard is a good yardstick.    The guy makes a broken clock look like Big Ben.   

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5 hours ago, philosophico said:

Mark is right, the problem with GA teams in general is our soft fanbase the majority in this thread is OK WITH MEDIOCRITY. 

Thus the reasons the braves, hawks, dawgs, and falcons havent won anything in decades. Fanbase is ok with just having a team and has always been this way.

When a few demand better we're told by the masses just be happy you got something. Mike Smith was going after 2 seasons but because Shannhan got this team to the Super Bowl, Blank is ok keeping soft serve DQ for another year while jacking up prices. Yeah ok.

 

Enjoy them empty seats next year Blank.

Wait a second—how are the fans accepting of mediocrity when you even point out all of the empty seats?????   

What else are we supposed to do?   Key Arthur Blank’s car?  Trash the concessions after a loss??  We’ve tried ‘don’t show up’ and obviously THAT doesn’t work.

I get so tired of this “it’s the fans fault” argument.  Actually I think Atlanta fans are some of the least tolerant of losing in the country.   If the teams don’t deliver, we stay home.   ‘Fair weather’ my ***.  I call it an efficient use of financial resources.   

 

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5 hours ago, philosophico said:

Mark is right, the problem with GA teams in general is our soft fanbase the majority in this thread is OK WITH MEDIOCRITY. 

Thus the reasons the braves, hawks, dawgs, and falcons havent won anything in decades. Fanbase is ok with just having a team and has always been this way.

When a few demand better we're told by the masses just be happy you got something. Mike Smith was going after 2 seasons but because Shannhan got this team to the Super Bowl, Blank is ok keeping soft serve DQ for another year while jacking up prices. Yeah ok.

 

Enjoy them empty seats next year Blank.

ok genius, tell us EXACTLY what we as fans can do? fire someone? ride over to the branch and chew some butts for poor play? go for it, let us know how that goes for you.....

 

another 'it's all the fans fault' dummie..or probably just another alias by one of the regulars dummies here that proclaim it's all the fans fault

..the ONLY thing a fan can do is just not watch and support the team. Don't go to the game? AB don't care, all the tickets are sold anyway. less $2 hotdogs sold? LOL 

We'll wait for your explanation of what exactly us 'fans' can do about what team is on the field, what coaches are kept or fired....

 

this ought to be good, we're all on the edge of our seats waiting for you to tell us what we can do, other than 'accept mediocrity' 

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Let’s parse Arthur Blank’s statement, shall we? 

“I understand our fans’ disappointment and frustration,” he’s quoted as saying in one of those enlightening Falcons releases. Got that? Uncle Arthur understands your angst. He’s just not prepared to do anything about it. 

Also: “I have long believed that continuity in leadership is important in all businesses.” Because, you know, businesses never change underperforming executives, do they?  The Falcons haven’t had a winning season since 2017; the calendar is about to turn to 2020. Over five seasons under this administration, they’ve broken .500 twice.

Also: “In my time as owner, and particularly since 2008, we have been one of the winningest teams in the NFC ranking fourth in wins, and across the NFL, tied for seventh in wins, and that remains the only acceptable result for us now and in the future.” So: Does Mike Smith, head coach for the majority of those successful seasons, get his job back? 
 
This is a mistake. You know it, and surely the high-profile owner knows it. But he loves Dan Quinn, and apparently his affection for Thomas Dimitroff knows no rational bounds. The famous businessman has allowed himself to be swayed by emotion and, worse still, recency bias.

He’s taking the Falcons’ past seven games as the truth. He’s dismissing those first eight as the aberration. You know better. He probably does, too. He’s keeping the gang intact anyway, with one twist, that being … 

Rich McKay. 

Since lobbying for the hiring of Bobby Petrino, another fine-feathered choice, McKay had been charged with getting a new stadium built. That came to fruition in the summer of 2017 – apart from the retractable roof, which took a while longer – and it led many to ask: “What’s Rich McKay doing now?” We have our answer. He was resting up so he could become another layer of bureaucracy. 

When Quinn was hired in February 2015, he answered not to Dimitroff, then as now the retainer of his GM job, but to the high-profile owner. Now Quinn and Dimitroff will report to McKay, who will report to Blank, who reports to nobody. This in itself should lead to 13 wins next season, easy. Yes, I’m kidding.

In his affection for this coach/GM and his overvaluing of the past seven games, Blank is seeing something that isn’t there. It was for a while, but then a 28-3 lead went away and nothing since has been very good. He’s seeing the Falcons who led the Patriots by 25 points. Nobody else has seen those Falcons since the fourth quarter of Super Bowl 51. The date on that: Feb. 5, 2017. 

It beggars belief – the Falcons throughout their existence have beggared belief – that this regime has been granted another year after a 1-7 start that may have marked a franchise nadir in coaching, which is saying something. From the first quarter of the opener in Minneapolis to the first half of Game No. 8 against Seattle, the Falcons had no idea what they were doing.

This was made evident when the subsequent bye week saw Quinn essentially fire himself as defensive coordinator. Somehow, though, he remains indispensable as head coach. 

What Blank is doing reminds us of what, four years ago, Greg McGarity didn’t do. The 2015 Georgia Bulldogs were embarrassed at home by Alabama. They followed that by losing to Tennessee, as coached by champion of life Butch Jones. They then beat Missouri 9-6 in the worst game ever played. They then were routed by Florida as Mark Richt, for reasons forever unknown, chose to deploy third-stringer Faton Bauta at quarterback. They were 5-3 and headed nowhere worth going. 

But wait. They won their final four regular-season games, an overtime victory over Georgia Southern (!!!) included. They were 9-3, and the belief in some circles was that McGarity, Georgia’s athletic director, would take that finish as reason to give Richt another shot. The AD did not. Two hours before kickoff against Georgia Tech, McGarity’s closest confidante sidled up to this correspondent and said: “What’s that definition of insanity – doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results?” 

McGarity did not do the same thing. He fired Richt 22 hours later. He hired Kirby Smart. Two seasons later, Georgia was playing for the national championship, the one thing Richt’s teams could never manage. McGarity endured a vicious backlash for firing the nice guy Richt, but his decision has been validated by time. He didn’t fall victim to recency. He saw the forest, not the trees. 

Blank made his billions by co-founding Home Depot. Among other things, Home Depot carries chainsaws. Someone needs to box one up to his office off Howell Mill. The high-profile owner looked upon consecutive losing seasons and saw not 18 L’s but five cosmetic W’s. In a word, he saw trees. Now he’s hoping that Rich McKay, builder of stadiums, is Paul Bunyan. Good grief.

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On 12/27/2019 at 9:23 PM, marvinthemartian said:

I have not made a single insult to anyone. I try not to do that. However, Mark Bradley has about a 40 year history in Atlanta of less than stellar commentary. Anybody who has lived here for a long time knows that. The only thing that bothers me is when media feel they can critique others in their chosen professions but then get all in their feelings when people do it back to them. 

Brutal truth.

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This really came down to the wins over the 49ers and Saints , beating the awful Panthers twice and Jags absolutely should have played no part in the equation of retaining Quinn.

Those teams aren't even waiting until the season is over to start cleaning house, from benching a $50 million guaranteed QB and firing Coughlin and soon to be marrone, to firing Rivera and who knows what else in Carolina.

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