DAN: Petrino, We Hardly Knew Ye
By Dan O'Donnell
It shouldn't really surprise anyone that Falcons coach Bobby Petrino phoned in his resignation today. At this point, the only thing that could surprise the Atlanta Falcons would have been if Petrino called them from jail. You think he's regretting leaving Louisville? Last time I checked, Brian Brohm never ran any dogfighting rings.
But don't feel too bad for Bobby, since he will reportedly be introduced as the new coach of the Arkansas Razorbacks tomorrow.
I have a theory about guys like Petrino who leave cushy college jobs to chase NFL millions--they're nuts. Not Houston Nutts, just plain nuts.
NFL coaches are hired to be fired. Romeo Crennel is considered a frontrunner for Coach of the Year, but if his Browns would have had another sub-.500 season, he would have been a frontrunner for an analyst job at the NFL Network. Think about that; the line between glory and having to pretend to like Bryant Gumbel is so fine that one or two games can literally make or break a coaching career. Ray Rhodes got 16 games. Bobby Petrino is smart to bail after 13.
He'll be under a microscope at Arkansas, but if he gets the 'Backs back to the top of the SEC just once, he'll be beloved forever in Fayetteville. Then again, that's what Houston Nutt thought, too....