Since Bobby Petrino's abrupt departure (God bless his conniving little heart), the Falcons are batting one-thousand on franchise-making decisions. Last December, players and the fans alike were dazed and confused after watching their all-star QB get locked up in Leavenworth and their coach beat feet to ........Fayetteville, Arkansas? To add insult to injury, Bill Parcells played on the hearts and minds of the fans as he used owner Arthur Blank's trust to land a gig in Miami.
Ironically, they all turned out to be blessings in disguise.
Just as fans were wondering if their franchise would EVER recover, Blank stiffened his resolve and set in motion a series of changes that have all paid immediate dividends and resurrected a franchise that has its eyes set on the future.
Here are the moves that have helped Atlanta move from bottom-feeders to playoff contenders.