Dante reserved the last circle of hell for the betrayers. And if you listen to DeAngelo Hall, former Falcons coach Bobby Petrino has reservations upon shedding his mortal coil. But if you will allow the non-Redskins digression, I’d like to talk about this for a minute.
What the heck did Petrino do? He took a job he wanted more than the job he had. Wouldn’t we all do that? If someone offered you more money, or a better chance of advancement, or just a happier work place, wouldn’t you take it? So what is wrong with Bobby Petrino doing that?
And you can bet that DeAngelo Hall when his contract is up will go to the team that offers him the best combination of money, defensive style, chance to compete, living situation, etc. He won’t turn that down because he’s a loyal Falcon. Nor should he.
Some people are complaining about the timing of the resignation. They wanted him to coach the last three games. But we only have to look back to what happened to Nick Saban last year to know why he couldn’t do that. If he had stayed, it would have inevitably leaked that Arkansas had offered him the job. He would have been forced to lie about not taking it as Saban did last year or coach the last three games as a lame duck. He would have been grilled in the press for staying.
In other words, there is no way to leave your job as an NFL head coach without getting nailed in the press for doing it. Leave early and you’re called a coward. Stay, and you are a liar. What is he supposed to do?
And while we’re on the press reaction, why is the fact that the Falcons are miffed at this news? Since when is the fact that someone got his feelings hurt news? Lawyer Milloy writes “coward” over Petrino’s signature and Sportscenter covers it like it matters. Terrell Owens whines about Keyshawn giving some of the credit for the Cowboys current play to Bill Parcells (which is undoubtedly true) and it is somehow news. TO personally attacked Keyshawn. He didn’t even really say anything that was insightful about Wade Phillips as a coach. And yet it is news. Why?
Do we really want Sportscenter to start covering people who have had their feelings hurt? Is this high school?
Go enjoy your job, Bobby Petrino. I hope you and your family are happy.