Falcons owner Arthur Blank responds to ‘restless’ comment


In wake of the release of Peter King’s power rankings, Falcons owner Arthur Blank responded to the comment that he was “restless” about the football team.

“I’m feeling very good about what (general manager) Thomas (Dimitroff) and (coach) Dan (Quinn) have done this offseason,” Blank said in a statement sent to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution via email. “We have some key guys getting healthy again, the draft picks are getting up to speed, the new coordinators are meshing well and I’m confident we’re going to be ready to go for a very competitive training camp. I like where we’re going.”

The Falcons were ranked 17th in Peter King's "Football Morning in America" column, which was published on Monday.

He notes that the Falcons have an 18-17 record since losing Super Bowl LI and dropped an interesting tidbit about Blank.

“I keep hearing owner Arthur Blank is getting restless,” King wrote. “In the Falcons’ last 35 games (the first one in that 35-game string is the Super Bowl loss to New England), they’re 18-17, and they’ve got a $30-million-a-year quarterback (Matt Ryan) and a receiver (Julio Jones), soon, likely to be a $20-million-a-year player.”

New Orleans is ranked sixth, and it’s noted that they scored 90 points more than the Falcons last season.

Of other NFC South opponents, Carolina is ranked 21st and Tampa Bay 29th.