Arthur Blank: Falcons won’t be one-year wonders

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After earning just their second Super Bowl appearance in franchise history, Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank is vowing that his team won’t just be a flash in the pan.

Following a presentation at the Atlanta Sports Awards Thursday night where Blank was given a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Atlanta Sports Council, Blank said he believes his team is positioned to be good for the long haul.

“I think the most important thing about last year was it was a great honor playing in the Super Bowl. It was great honor having the wonderful season that we did for our franchise but to me what I take away for me personally the greatest honor from last year is that I feel now that we have what I’ve envisioned for many years is to be a sustainably winning organization,” Blank said, via D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

“I love our head coach. I love our general manager. I love our coaches, coordinators and whole personnel department. I love a lot of the talent that we have, all the talent that we have. … I think we’re in a great position. I look forward to this year and many years to come. It’s not about a one-trick pony or one-year wonder. It’s about creating a sustainably winning organization. And we’ve done that.”

The Falcons had a sustained run of success under previous head coach Mike Smith. The Falcons reached the playoffs four times in five years with an NFC Championship game appearance in 2012. But after two down seasons with Smith at the helm, the Falcons changed course and installed Dan Quinn as head coach. After a year of growing pains, the Falcons exploded offensively and had every chance to win their first Lombardi Trophy in February.

Sustaining success is a difficult endeavor, particularly in the NFC South where there is a new division winner just about every season. It will be a challenge for the Falcons to put the collapse of Super Bowl LI behind them, but Blank believes they’re built for the task.

22 responses to “Arthur Blank: Falcons won’t be one-year wonders

  1. No team in history ever got closer to a title and lost. I don’t care how long they sustain success—-how can we ever forget the one collapse that exceeded any blunder the Cubs, Browns, Bills, Indians, Red Sox, or any other team ever made? Blank should have apologized to the city of Atlanta, truly.

  2. The Falcons should continue to be a top team. The core of the offense is still together ( Ryan, Julio, Sanu, Freeman, Coleman, etc.) and Coach Quinn continues to add playmakers to the defense. The NFC South is a strong division, but as long as the Falcons stay healthy, there’s no reason they should not challenge again this season.

  3. These same words get spoken every year by the Super Bowl loser.

    I’m not saying it can’t happen… I’m just saying it isn’t as easy as it seems.

    Here are some of the factors:
    – You have a shorter off-season than most other teams.
    – You will now be playing a first place schedule (playing teams that finished first in other divisions last year).
    – Keeping your players motivated being it seemed so easy last year
    – Other teams having a years worth of film to go by (the same plays won’t fool teams this year).
    – Other teams motivation (that huge target on your back)
    – You were fairly injury free last year. That rarely happens 2 years in a row.

  4. One of my favorite memories of the Super Bowl was watching Blank whooping it up in his box, then coming down to the sideline to get ready for the celebration that was not to be.

    The look on his and his wife’s faces as the Pats made their comeback was priceless.

  5. “No team in history ever got closer to a title and lost.”

    ’86 Red Sox were at 99%, with a 2-1 count on keith Hernandez with 2 outs in the bottom of the 10th

    Falcons were 99.9% several times, starting with the recovered on-side kick.

    baseball reference doesn’t go past the decimal, but I think we can say it probably wouldn’t be 99.9%

  6. They wouldn’t have even been in the game if Earl Thomas doesn’t break his leg in a freak collision with Kam Chancellor. Seahawks would have won 1 more game, had the bye week and home field advantage and easily cruised back to the Super Bowl with only the Failcons and gummy bear soft Packers to beat at home.

    They are looking at 8-8 and out of the playoffs. Tampa, Carolina and even N.O. are going to tear into them.

    Maybe in 2-3 years with some new players who didn’t blow a 28-3 lead.

  7. Blank has been a great owner. Felt bad for him on the sideline during camera time during the SBowl. Good HC and GM in place. Best roster in the NFC, IMO. We’ll see if the loss of coordinadors and that bad loss wrecks them. As the Pats have wrecked many teams,

  8. classclown71 says:
    Jul 14, 2017 8:04 AM
    These same words get spoken every year by the Super Bowl loser.

    I’m not saying it can’t happen… I’m just saying it isn’t as easy as it seems.

    Here are some of the factors:
    – You have a shorter off-season than most other teams.
    – You will now be playing a first place schedule (playing teams that finished first in other divisions last year).

    ———————————————————————-

    “first place schedule” only affects two games out of the season.
    The other 14 games are pre-determined based upon a formula set years in advance.

  9. sxk129 says:
    Jul 14, 2017 1:09 PM

    classclown71 says:
    Jul 14, 2017 8:04 AM
    These same words get spoken every year by the Super Bowl loser.

    I’m not saying it can’t happen… I’m just saying it isn’t as easy as it seems.

    Here are some of the factors:
    – You have a shorter off-season than most other teams.
    – You will now be playing a first place schedule (playing teams that finished first in other divisions last year).

    ———————————————————————-

    “first place schedule” only affects two games out of the season.
    The other 14 games are pre-determined based upon a formula set years in advance.
    __________________________________
    Correct!

    But those two games go a long way to determining who can earn home field advantage in the NFC playoffs.

  10. Mmmmm ok…you might want to give Ron Rivera or Cam a call. Also, you might want to check the history of the NFL when it comes to Superbowl losing teams. Some people shouldn’t speak in public, A. Blank is one of those people.

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