Sources: Falcons gauge Cowher's interest, but he intends to take '08 off
Updated: December 16, 2007, 4:07 PM ETESPN.com news services
Longtime Falcons assistant coach and former player Emmitt Thomas, who has been the team's secondary coach since 2002, has been named interim head coach for the final three games of the season.Falcons owner Arthur Blank said Wednesday he felt betrayed by Petrino's shocking decision to resign midseason. Petrino's departure came the day after the Falcons lost to the Saints and quarterback Michael Vick was sentenced in federal court to 23 months in prison for taking part in an illegal dogfighting ring. "I do feel a sense of betrayal, a sense of trust lost that just was not right given the circumstances," Blank said. "This year was a perfect storm for us in a negative way but we will get through that and we will move forward." Petrino was in his first season as coach and Blank said he did not blame him for a string of poor results that had left the Falcons at the bottom of the NFC South division. Atlanta fell to 3-11 Sunday after a 37-3 loss to Tampa Bay. Chris Mortensen covers the NFL for ESPN. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.