Falcons’ Rich McKay named sole chair of competition committee

Falcons president Rich McKay is chairman of the NFL's powerful competition committee. (D. Orlando Ledbetter/Dledbetter@ajc.com)

Falcons president Rich McKay is chairman of the NFL's powerful competition committee. (D. Orlando Ledbetter/Dledbetter@ajc.com)

Falcons President Rich McKay has been named the chairman of the NFL Competition Committee, the league announced Tuesday.

McKay, a member of the committee since 1994, has served as co-chair since 1998, including since 2001 with former Tennessee Titans head coach Jeff Fisher.

Fisher is no longer a member of the committee, but will continue to serve in an advisory role over the current offseason. He will not have a vote.

In recent seasons, the committee has focused on issues of player safety. Last season, they revised the rules for overtime in the playoffs.
The committee, which studies all aspects of the game and recommends rules and policy changes to NFL clubs, consists of the following members:

Rich McKay Atlanta Falcons Chairman
Stephen Jones Dallas Cowboys
Marvin Lewis Cincinnati Bengals
John Mara New York Giants
Ozzie Newsome Baltimore Ravens
Bill Polian Indianapolis Colts
Rick Smith Houston Texans

The Coaches’ Subcommittee, which makes recommendations to the Competition Committee, consists of the following current and former NFL head coaches:

John Madden Chairman
John Harbaugh Baltimore Ravens
Mike Holmgren Cleveland Browns
Sean Payton New Orleans Saints
Andy Reid Philadelphia Eagles
Steve Spagnuolo St. Louis Rams
Mike Tomlin Pittsburgh Steelers
Norv Turner San Diego Chargers
Ken Whisenhunt Arizona Cardinals

–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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12 comments Add your comment

P. Bull Terrier

March 2nd, 2011
2:17 am

There is a first time for everything and this is my first time to claim FIRST.

P. Bull Terrier

March 2nd, 2011
2:21 am

That wasn’t all that much fun. I think that will also be my last time claiming first.

Dawg fan

March 2nd, 2011
5:02 am

Seen McKay many times at Starbucks on WPF….he’s a total jerk! Head up in the air I ass-ume because he’s J McKay.Most likely couldn’t hold a real job but had the right daddy.

SAME can be said for Terry MCJerk…..what a Looser!!!


March 2nd, 2011
6:03 am

Dawg fan,

This is normal behavior for many bald and/or short men. They are compensating for their insecurity over their inadequacies. In other words, they are saying to themselves “I can appear like I have it all together even though I really wish I did!”


March 2nd, 2011
7:25 am

Sole Chair for the competition committee? You can count on this committee being useless for the foreseeable future….

Falcon Fan

March 2nd, 2011
9:22 am

Larry the same applies to Bulldogs with little short legs and inbred..you idiot, short has nothing to do with it.
Agree with dawg fan at Starbuck…on Terry McJerk with Braves.

Congrad McKay!


March 2nd, 2011
9:56 am

Falcon Fan,

I’m sorry you’re short in height and anatomy…bald too?

If your anatomy is too short to create any noticeable sensation perhaps you may consider a trans-gender operation where concavity is desired over convexity. Afterward, buy you a nice wig and some bright red lipstick!


March 2nd, 2011
9:57 am

Excellent, McKay finally has something to do.

Voice of Reason

March 2nd, 2011
11:43 am

Larry -
You are a moron !!!

It was stupid enough to make an idiotic comment, but then to defend and even escalate it shows your ignorance !!!

Mocking your Mock

March 2nd, 2011
1:14 pm


March 2nd, 2011
2:29 pm

Voice of Reason,

It’s okay…there’s a place for you girly men! Leave us alpha dogs alone so we can fight it out for you to have the freedom to play the field, shorty!

UGA fan

March 2nd, 2011
3:20 pm

Larry U are a disgrace to the human race. lol