While taking a break from this week's owners meeting, Falcons owner Arthur Blank made his first public comments regarding the New Orleans Saints bounty scandal controversy. Blank supported Roger Goodell saying that he "totally backed" the commissioner's decision to suspend Saints coach Sean Payton and others for their part in the scandal.
While there was no mention of the Falcons at all in the NFL's report into the bounty system Blank wasn't convinced that players like Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan weren't targeted.
"I mean Matt wasn't one of the players named, but, on the other hand, I'd be hard put to believe that he wasn't a target at some point, whether he was named or not. There's just not a place for that in the game. It's a tough game and you're supposed to be physical, etc. but there's a line there. It's not even a fine line. It's a bright line that you just can't cross."