Things just got a little bit more unsettling for the Atlanta Falcons and especially team owner Arthur Blank. Before Friday night’s game between the Falcons and the Buffalo Bills, Blank would not specifically address what his intentions are towards embattled quarterback Michael Vick, telling Steve Wyche of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, “As facts come out, we will absorb the facts, study the facts, research them and then we’ll move very decisively. Today’s developments are very distressing.”
Also troubling Blank was the fact that Virginia Commonwealth Attorney Gerald Poindexter declared that he intends to pursue state charges against Vick and possibly others for allegedly staging dogfights and executing dogs on Vick’s property in Surry County, VA. Blank’s next statement, at least to me, tells me something more about him than Michael Vick: “You think you know somebody for six years and you find out another side of their personality that you didn’t know. It’s always disappointing. If it’s a positive thing you welcome that but something like this. … I don’t know if any of his teammates anticipated anything like this. I certainly know this owner didn’t anticipate anything like this. It’s very sad.”
That statement, if anything, tells me that Blank and the Falcons did not do their homework in doing a background check on Vick. Also – his feigned ignorance of his relationship of Vick makes you wonder if Blank is very competent as a team owner. I do not know of any owner in the league that has these issues dogging them to the degree than Blank does. At least the Tennessee Titans owner, Bud Adams, nipped their problem in the bud (Pacman we hardly knew ya). And certainly the Falcons’ shareholders can’t be very pleased with these developments, either. Not that I blame them.
Arthur, if you have any cajones at all, you just need to simply cut your losses, let Vick go permanently, and look for a QB in next year’s draft. Joey Harrington’s not your long-term answer, nor is D.J. Shockley. Yes, the Falcons will regress for the next season or two, but at least you will have a clean slate and believe it or not, the Falcons fans will actually understand and probably support your decision. You owe the shareholders and fans that much, at the very least.