For all of his faults, Arthur Blank is a good owner. It’s time for him to reintroduce himself to the Atlanta Falcons players because the organization’s facilities, amenities, and support staff aren’t cutting it. The NFLPA conducted a review of every club’s operations, and the Falcons have a ton of room for improvement.
30 of the 32 teams in the NFL gave their strength coaches fairly positive reviews. Atlanta is one of the teams that stood out as much lower than the rest of the league. The players do not feel like the strength staff helps them be more successful.
- 58% of players believe they receive an individual plan (Ranked 31st)
Arthur Blank, if you’re reading this, it’s time to open up the checkbook.
The Falcons owner has long been one of the most respected leaders around the NFL, among players and his peers.
This isn’t some consistent, systematic problem like with Dan Snyder and the Washington Commanders. This is my opinion, but if Blank knew the players weren’t satisfied, he would’ve likely done something about it. He is like Jerry Jones in that respect. Blank wants his team to have the best resources available, and I would be willing to wager that an announcement for an upgrade to a current facility or an entirely new facility is on the way.
Arthur Blank deserves a share of the blame, but it really is Rich McKay who is in charge of the day-to-day operations. Still, Mr. Blank, maybe you should communicate more often with the players or take a walk around Flowery Branch from time to time.
Moreover, the strength staff isn’t really Blank and McKay’s domain. That responsibility lies with Terry Fontenot and Arthur Smith, so they aren’t exactly free of blame in all of this.
On a side note, the club did just build a multi-million dollar media building instead of upgrading the actual facilities, which is pretty damning. It’s time to throw money at the problem and get these issues resolved.
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