WWBPD?

In this equation about what to do with Michael Vick, an important name that is only occasionally being mentioned in the conversation is Bobby Petrino. So I pose the question: What Would Bobby Petrino Do? Or better put, what does he want to do? If I had to guess, Petrino wants the least amount of distraction so that he and the 52 other players under his command can go out and do their best to win football games. Now does that require...

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Blank’s only recourse

Okay, I’ve had a few days to sit back and think about this issue. I consider myself a pragmatic thinker, so therefore I was in no rush to make a judgment on this issue. It’s been able to sink in, but it’s still probably a bit early. The Falcons kick off training camp next week, and that’s when it’s all going to come to a head. I fully expect that the Falcons training camp will be picketed unless the...

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Blank issues letter to fans

In their second overall, yet arguably first official statement following the indictment of Michael Vick, Falcons owner Arthur Blank issued a letter to the fan base on Thursday evening: A Message to our Fans: We know you’re anxious to her more from us regarding the indictment of Michael Vick and its implications to the Falcons. Please be assured that we are working diligently on exploring our options and getting the right people...

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No Vick suspension forthcoming

Adam Schefter of NFL.com reports that the league will exercise patience when it comes to dealing with any punishment on Michael Vick, and has no immediate plans to suspend Vick. Schefter reports that the league would like to gather more information, particularly about the strength of evidence against Vick and a timetable of the case, before making any real decisions about a potential suspension. Schefter compares the incident to Duke...

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Vick to face local charges

Tim McGlone of the Virginian-Pilot reports that it is “more than likely” that Vick will also face local prosecution from Surry County officials in tandem with his federal conspiracy charges. Originally, when federal officials “intervened” per Surry County Commonwealth’s Attorney Gerald Poindexter in early June, it was believed that any case local officials may have had against Vick was unlikely to come to...

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Vick to be arraigned at start of camp

Per an AJC report, Michael Vick is set to be arraigned at 4 pm in a federal court in Richmond, Virginia on July 26, the same day that practices for training camp kick off for the Falcons. The first Falcons practice is scheduled for 3:00 in the afternoon, with Vick set to appear for a bond hearing at 3:30. It seems as a result, that it is nearly impossible that Vick will report on time to training camp. The Falcons already issued a...

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Falcons sign 3 draft picks

The Falcons signed three of their eight remaining draft picks today: WR Laurent Robinson, TE Martrez Milner, and OL Doug Datish. All three players received four-year contracts. Terms of their contracts were undisclosed, although based on previous contracts given to their 2007 draft class, all three will receive minimum base salaries through the next four seasons. Robinson was selected in the third round out of Illinois State. He is...

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Vick may be suspended

Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports reports that Vick is expected to be suspended by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell for violating the league’s new player conduct policy due to his federal indictment. Cole reports that Vick’s suspension will likely be as a result of lying to the commissioner in April when the two met face-to-face during the first day of the NFL Draft, only days after the allegations of dogfighting first broke. Vick...

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Vick indicted

An 18-page document details the federal indictment of Falcons quarterback Michael Vick by Grand Jury on charges of conspiracy to travel in interstate commerce to aid in unlawful activities and to sponsor a dog in an animal fighting venture. Vick is named along with three others: Purnell Peace, Quanis Phillips, and Tony Taylor for purchasing and developing property to serve as the main staging area for housing and training pit bulls...

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Breaking down the Texans

In Week 4, our second home game, we will host the Houston Texans in a game that I’m sure will be hyped by the media about Matt Schaub’s return to Atlanta. Offense: The key to the Texans offense is their quarterback play. Schaub is untested, but by the fourth week of the season he should be relatively comfortable running the team. The Texans sole weapon is Andre Johnson, who is emerging as one of the league’s best...

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