Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank is really not too pleased with his franchise being under an NFL investigation.
The Falcons are being investigated by the league offense for potential artificial crowd noise being pumped into the Georgia Dome at home games, a violation of NFL rules/
At the unveiling of Dan Quinn as the new Falcons head coach, Blank told D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution he was “angry and embarrassed” about his team being under the noise investigation.
Blank’s comments would seem to indicate that there’s been at least some finding of wrongdoing by the team or one of it's employees at the minimum. Blank would rightly be furious with anyone who would do such a stupid thing as it has the chance of harming the team going into next season.
According to reports from Adam Schefter of ESPN, Roger Goodell and the National Football League could be set to take a draft pick away from the Falcons if they are found guilty, as well as a possible hefty fine.
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A Falcons team spokesman said: “We were informed during the season that the league office is looking into crowd noise during our games. We have cooperated fully with them, and we’re awaiting the outcome."
According to Schefter, Atlanta is accused of piping in the noise while the opposing team was huddling, trying to call its play. The tactics originated from the Falcons' game operations department.
It's been a busy time for the Falcons franchise as they have just announced the appointment of Dan Quinn as the team's new head coach following the firing of Mike Smith after a 4-12 season.
The Falcons were made to wait to make the announcement thanks to Quinn being involved in the Super Bowl as the defensive co-ordinator of the Seattle Seahawks and the man responsible for the complete dominance of Seattle's Legion of Boom, their solid pass rush and incredible linebacking.