Arthur Blank: 'I'm still pissed about our game'

Arthur Blank says he is more controlled as the owner of the Atlanta Falcons than he was when he first purchased the franchise from Rankin Smith in 2002.

If that is the case, it’s difficult to imagine where he once was then after you read through his comments to Jeff Schultz, a columnist for the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

Blank is still stinging from the blowout home loss to the Green Bay Packers that knocked the top-seeded Falcons out of the playoffs. He’s still planning to head to Dallas next week but he will not be attending Super Bowl XLV.

“I leave Thursday, we have meetings and then the hosting owner (Jerry Jones) always has a party Thursday night,” Blank told Schultz. “Then Friday morning the commissioner has a press conference, and I’ll go to that. Friday afternoon I’ll go to radio row for interviews. Friday night is the commissioner’s party. Saturday we were going to have a league meeting but that’s been canceled, so I guess I’ve got some free time.”
Is he going to the game?

“I’m coming home Sunday morning — mostly because I’m still pissed about our game,” Blank said.

“You don’t look ahead,” he added, “but we certainly believed we would get deeper than we did.”

Blank still feels good about the hands the franchise is in, and he should. General manager Thomas Dimitroff and coach Mike Smith have done a solid job in a short period of time and with quarterback Matt Ryan, the Falcons have the toughest position to figure out solved. They just need to use it as a building block. And find a pass rusher and some help for the secondary.

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