GM will likely come before new coach

The first order of business for the Falcons figures to be hiring a general manager.

Updated: December 11, 2003, 5:40 PM ET
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

ATLANTA -- One of the early complaints Arthur Blank dealt with when he was the co-founder of The Home Depot and not the owner of the Atlanta Falcons was the problem customers had in getting to the upper reaches of the home fix-up stores.

Blank has been aware, ever since, of the significance of the top shelf. Fact is, as both a businessman and now the owner of a sports franchise, he is regarded as a top-shelf guy. And that figures to become pertinent in the next few weeks, as Blank starts ...

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