Atlanta Falcons head coach Bobby Petrino added to the team’s season-long turmoil by resigning as head coach with three weeks remaining in the regular season. Within a matter of hours, Petrino accepted a head coaching position with the Arkansas Razorbacks.
The Falcons have turned to defensive backs coach Emmitt Thomas, who will serve as the interim head coach for the remainder of the season.
The real issue here is how Petrino left Atlanta. It was comparable to, or even worse than, former Miami Dolphins coach Nick Saban’s departure. Saban left Miamia at the end of a 6-10 season, after two seasons with the team. Petrino jumped ship in week 14 in his first year with the organization. The Falcons are 3-10.
“Today was a day of decision,” Petrino was quoted on ESPN.com. “It was difficult on one side, very easy on the other. It was difficult to leave Atlanta, the staff, players, fans. The timing of it probably is the thing that made it most difficult. Coming to Arkansas was the easy part.”
Hey, you’re right, Bobby. That was an easy decision.
By the way, good luck being trusted again. And I’m not even talking just football.
“I’m going to the store, sweety. I need some, uh, milk. But I’m not going anywhere else so I’ll be back soon.” [Bobby to wife, Becky, in our made-up scenario]
“Ok, hun. Drive carefully.” [Becky replies before checking the refrigerator]
Source: ESPN.com, NFL.com. Dec. 12 – 2:36 p.m. et