Pay per head sportsbooks found out that a play made last season might inspire the Atlanta Falcons as Arthur Blank, the team’s owner, tries to toughen his team in 2014.
On Tuesday morning, when he was speaking on 680 The Fan radio, Blank reflected on the hit that New Orleans Saints rookie safety Kenny Vaccaro gave to quarterback Matt Ryan in last year’s season opener – a play that pay per head sportsbooks remember very well.
Vaccaro got a personal foul penalty after he hit a sliding Ryan late and was given a $7,875 fine, but price per head services learned that Blank wasn’t annoyed by the hit as much as by his players’ reaction.
“And that play really bothered me, sincerely,” Blank said. “It bothered me that none of our players, they all complained, but none of them went to the safety on the Saints and did anything.
“Not that they would start a fight, but just kind of put their finger in his chest and saying, ‘That’s not acceptable.'”
Blank noted how Scott Pioli, new assistant general manager, was just as bothered by the reaction after he studied the film. Pay per head sportsbooks found out that Pioli spoke to general manager Thomas Dimitroff about the situation.
“Scott said, when he was talking at dinner one night with Thomas, he said that really bothered him when he watched that game,” Blank said. “That told him a lot about the mentality of a lot of our players. And I think with (offensive line coach) Mike Tice, and (defensive line coach) Bryan Cox and Smitty (head coach Mike Smith) supporting that, I think you’ll see a different attitude this year.”
Blank called out the Falcons for not having enough toughness when speaking to the media in his season-ending news conference.
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The team added some “tougher” players during free agency with the signing of offensive guard Jon Asamoah, defensive end Tyson Jackson, and nose tackle Paul Soliai, and pay per head sportsbooks hope that these players will prove to be very good additions to the Falcons.