ATLANTA, Jan. 8 (UPI) -- A large number of Atlanta Falcons fans are upset that now former minority owner Joe Gibbs is the next head coach of the Washington Redskins.
Many of them are angered that owner Arthur Blank and president/general manager Rich McKay were not more aggressive in trying to lure Gibbs out of retirement. He had been out of coaching since 1992, when he retired after guiding the Redskins to four Super Bowls and three world titles.
Blank said he did speak with Gibbs about a similar post with the Falcons.
"With 12 years of history and commitment to the franchise, and its fans and to a community, and he has fans up there, it was pretty clear to me that that was what his passion," Blank told the Atlanta Journal Constitution.
McKay also met with Gibbs.
"I respect Joe and his sense of loyalty," McKay told the paper. "His sense of loyalty to the Redskins was overwhelming."
The Falcons are looking for a successor to the fired Dan Reeves.