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Head Coach Petrino Plans To Return Next Season

                          Atlanta Falcons head coach, left, with team owner Arthur Blank, right 

This is usually the time of year when the college vacancy rumors float around; in some cases, pro football coaches grab one – a good example being Houston Texans offensive coordinator Mike Sherman.  But don’t count Atlanta Falcons head coach Bobby Petrino as one of them, according to Steve Wyche of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Specifically, Falcons owner Arthur Blank told the AJC, “He’s been very clear with me.  He loves Atlanta and he loves the organization.  Obviously he’s disappointed in what happened to Michael Vick, but he has great confidence with myself, with [president/general manager] Rich McKay and the coaching staff to put together a winner and be here many years.  He told me this is where he wants to be and that his work is just beginning.”

Blank said he had no evidence indicating that Petrino wanted to leave; Blank did say, however, that he simply asked Petrino about his plans based on speculation.  Petrino, in response to the same question, said, “I haven’t given that one bit of thought.  I certainly don’t want to get into any speculation and rumors and having to deal with that.  I am focused on our football team here.  I’m focused on playing the Rams this week.”

Although that would qualify as a non-definitive answer, Petrino signed a 5-year, $24 million contract in January.  The Falcons signed Petrino in the hopes that he would inject some life into the team’s offense – a team that hasn’t seen the playoffs for the past 2 years.  But more than likely the life that has been put into these rumors may come from the fact some past college coaches – Butch Davis, Steve Spurrier and most recently, Nick Saban – struggled to make the switch from the college campus to the NFL, only to return to the college coaching ranks.

And Petrino does have a bit of a wandering streak, job-wise.  Petrino has had 14 coaching jobs since 1983, with his only previous NFL experience coming as a QB coach and offensive coordinator with the Jacksonville Jaguars from 1999-2001.  2002 saw him serve as an offensive coordinator at Auburn and in 2003 the head coach at the University of Louisville.  so perhaps there is some validity to that argument.  One can only hope that Atlanta, when they draft in 2008, draft according to whether Petrino remains their head coach or not.


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