Falcons, McKay Left in Awkward Spot
Part of the fallout of their Bill Parcells debacle Wednesday for the Atlanta Falcons was that owner Arthur Blank was forced to, in effect, announce the firing of Rich McKay as general manager.
Parcells already had been quoted publicly saying that he would bring in a new general manager and head coach if he completed a deal with Blank to oversee the Falcons' football operations. Blank, according to a source, already had told McKay that he would be ousted as general manager whether Parcells took the job or not.
But when Parcells rebuffed the Falcons, Blank was left in the awkward position of having to announce publicly that McKay would remain as club president but would relinquish his GM duties as soon as a replacement is found. McKay has been invited to stay in the organization and run the team's business operations, but many in the league doubt that he'll do that on a longterm basis.
It's been a tumultuous year for the Falcons, and it's been a swift fall for McKay since he was mentioned last year as a possible NFL commissioner candidate.
By Mark Maske |
December 20, 2007; 9:43 AM ET
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