Jun 27th 2008 11:11AM by Ryan Wilson (author feed)
Filed under: Falcons, NFL FansJust in case you needed another reason to despise Bobby Petrino Falcons head coach for 13 weeks-turned-Arkansas Razorback, SI.com’s Don Banks unearths more dirt on one of the most reviled figures in Atlanta sports history (and, yeah, that includes Ron Mexico). According to a league source, on the day Petrino resigned, his coaching staff was left waiting all day without sight or sound of him until he gathered them at about 5 p.m. that Tuesday. That’s the day the staff would have normally been responsible for putting together a game plan for Atlanta’s Week 15 trip to Tampa Bay, but no one knew where Petrino was from 8 a.m. that morning on.
When Petrino finally met with his staff, a source said Petrino uttered all of about two sentences of explanation, saying he had resigned from the organization and that he had enjoyed working with his assistants. With that, he left the room and headed for his introductory news conference with the Razorbacks. Give Petrino points for being decisive. I mean, the guy knew what he wanted (to return to college coaching) and made it happen despite the obvious impediments. Sure, that meant alienating an entire city and letting down roughly a hundred people who were counting on him — everyone from team owner Arthur Blank to the eight guys on the practice squad — but the heart wants what the heart wants.
Even if it means taking a pay cut.
Petrino’s time in Atlanta wasn’t a complete disaster, however; Chris Redman still likes him. So there’s that.