Blank Says, "We Gave It Our Best Shot, and It Didn't Work Out"

Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank has issued a written statement about having his job offer to Bill Parcells rejected.

It says:

"Late last night it was revealed to the media by a source outside the Falcons that we were close to reaching an agreement with Bill Parcells to lead the club's football operations.

"Prior to the information becoming public, we had reached an agreement in principle with Parcells, and we met with him this morning to complete the contract. At that time, we were made aware by Parcells that he was considering a revised offer from the Miami Dolphins. He later informed us that he would not be signing a contract with us.

"We remain committed to looking at every option for building a championship-caliber team for our fans. I have stated we will leave no stone unturned in doing so, and this effort is one example of that. We gave it our best shot, and it didn't work out.

"We will continue down the same overall path, proceeding with plans to hire a general manager and a head coach. We will identify and consider every strongly viable candidate for these positions, with the goal of hiring the best. Rich McKay remains president of the club and will retain general manager responsibilities until a new GM is hired.

"We will be making no further comment on the Parcells matter."

By Mark Maske |  December 19, 2007; 3:48 PM ET  | Category:  Falcons
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ALL IS NOT LOST.BILL IS GONE BUT ANOTHER HALL OF FAMER IS IN THE WINGS.ATLANTA NEEDS TO HIRE DAN REEEVES AS THE NEW VICE PRESIDENT OF FOOTBALL OPERATIONS.HE HAS VAST KNOWLEDGE IN THE NFL.WE NEED SOME ONE WHO IS FAMARIAR WITH ALL ASPECTS OF THE GAME....T HESTER (ATLANTA)

Posted by: titus hester | December 19, 2007 4:51 PM

I'm kind of glad the Tuna is not coming back to the NFC. Would be something if he took a post with the team Gibbs used to part-own.

Posted by: Ajay | December 19, 2007 6:20 PM

Mr. Blank needs to hire someone who knows more about running a FB team than he does, (My Grandmother knows more about running a FB team than he does.) and just stop acting like the coach of the team.

Posted by: George c | December 19, 2007 6:31 PM

Falcons need: New GM, New head coach, New Def. Coordinator, New Off. Coordinator, Good QB, Good RB, an owner who enjoys watching the team play and not trying to dictate who should play and which plays to call. Arthur Blank is the reason the Falcons won't ever be a consistant winner. It's his huge ego that gets in the way.

Posted by: George C Atlanta | December 19, 2007 6:36 PM

Arthur Blank should hire Marty S as coach before someone else does. He probably won't because Marty won't take the BS AB wants to dish out. One word to describe AB as an owner," IDIOT ".

Posted by: George C Atlanta | December 19, 2007 6:45 PM

How about rehiring June Jones and drafting Colt Brennan.

Posted by: Stu- Vegas | December 19, 2007 7:12 PM

Sell the team A. Blank, We need a owner !!

Posted by: joe | December 19, 2007 10:03 PM

Falcons shouldn't waste their time on June Jones. Run and Shoot was tried in the NFL and failed.

Tuna has turned stiffing teams into an art form.

Posted by: Giants Fan | December 19, 2007 10:40 PM

To: George C.
Until Arthur Blank, The Atlanta Falcons were never owned by anyone who even cared if they won. I for one am glad that Mr. Blank takes to much interest in HIS team doing well and pleasing the fans. Let's take it a little easier on him, he is the best thing we have going.

Posted by: Derick W. H. | December 20, 2007 6:45 AM

Hey folks, a few years ago AB was the best thing since sliced bread and 7up. Now you turn with the tide fans are all over him. Relax, he is the best owner we have in the ATL. Remember the Smiths?

Posted by: Dr. J | December 20, 2007 10:58 AM

Rumor has it AB is considering the possibilty of trading its first round draft to hire Ted Thompson of the Packers as its VP.

Posted by: Rodney L. | December 20, 2007 12:58 PM

I for one grew up in Atlanta and I bleed Atlanta. I grew up watching the pitiful Falcons year after year (exception of the one fluke super bowl season), now Im in LA and to watch the Falcons reach a all-time low is beyond words...If AB really wanted BP, Im sure that he could have gotten it done....anyways, until next year when the Falcons have a similar record....

Posted by: Roger | December 20, 2007 2:49 PM

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