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  • Arthur Blank grabbed front-row seat at Mike Smith's news conference

    Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner4 hrs ago

    NFL owners can do pretty much whatever they want. Transitively, they can go almost anywhere they want. They own the team, right?

    That said, it's unusual to see an NFL team's owner at the postgame news conference of his head coach, and the Atlanta Falcons' Mike Smith can't feel too comfy seeing Arthur Blank pulling up a chair for his chat after the Falcons blew a final-minute lead in a 26-24 loss to the Cleveland Browns.

    Arthur Blank grabbing his front row seat for the Mike Smith post game

    When the Falcons took a 24-23 lead with 44 seconds left, an animated Blank was seen cheering on the sideline. When Brian Hoyer led the Browns down the field 61 yards on seven plays for the game-winning drive, Blank hung his head down as he walked into the tunnel.

    And he apparently made a bee-line to the media conference room, awaiting Smith's explanation of the Falcons' seventh loss in 11 games.

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