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Falcons name Greg Beadles president; Rich McKay still CEO

Oct 10, 2021; London, England, United Kingdom; Atlanta Falcons president Rich McKay watches from the sidelines in the fourth quarter against the New York Jets during an NFL International Series game at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. The Falcons defeated the Jets 27-20. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Following a second consecutive 7-10 season, the Atlanta Falcons have decided to divide their football and business leaders into two separate positions.

Team president and chief executive offer Rich McKay will remain as CEO and in charge of football operations, but new team president Greg Beadles will now handle the business operations.

McKay, 63, who has held those roles with the Falcons since 2011, will also become the CEO of AMB Sports and Entertainment. Beadles, who has been with the organization for more than a quarter-century, has served as chief operating officer since last March.

McKay led the search to hire general manager Terry Fontenot and coach Arthur Smith in 2021 and said Sunday he is “as confident or more confident” in Smith and Fontenot since Atlanta hired them.

“There’s a distraction; there’s an opportunity; there’s an injury and you change, and they have not done that,” McKay said. “They have stayed to the plan.”

McKay acknowledged Smith and Fontenot will have salary-cap room to make moves and build the team this offseason.

–Field Level Media