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Boy, you could see this one coming.

Rich McKay is taking the fall in Atlanta. And, frankly, it was inevitable. Someone had to be responsible for setting the offseason course of trading away quarterback Matt Schaub, thus making the team even more reliant on Michael Vick, and hiring Bobby Petrino to coach. Did anyone think owner Arthur Blank was going to fire himself.

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But interestingly, Blank isn't firing team president McKay -- who is actually a pretty influential guy at the league level and, for a while, was considered a strong candidate to succeed Paul Tagliabue as NFL commissioner. Blank wants McKay around to handle non-operational stuff, such as new stadium plans.

But to right the ship in Atlanta, there are reports that Bill Parcells is Blank's choice as a general manager type -- not a coach. Parcells (left) has had a belly-full of that coaching stuff. Apparently, Blank whiffed on Bill Cowher as a coaching replacement for Petrino. Sort of funny was this line in a story by ESPN's Chris Mortensen, who writes of Parcells, now a colleague at ESPN:

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"I've got nothing to say," said Parcells before he hung up the phone Tuesday.

Now, I'll bet if Peter Angelos was negotiating with Sun colleague Peter Schmuck to run the Orioles  (an intriguing thought there, eh) and I called Schmuck for comment, he'd be a whole lot nicer on the phone. And I'd start investigating what happened to the real Peter Angelos.

Photo credit: Matt Slocum / AP

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