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MIKE SMITH RUMORS & GOSSIP

Defense improvement is still the focus for the Atlanta Falcons

The one thing former Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith was supposed to do was give the team one of the best defenses in the NFL. Over the course of his final two seasons in the Peach State, he failed to deliver, despite injuries to the franchise, and was shown the door for his troubles. It was only three short years ago that the Falcons were at home in the NFC Title game and...
Via cover32
April 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Smith, Dimitroff disagreed regarding how Falcons should build defense

ATLANTA -- Monday's press conference to formally announce that Mike Smith had been released from his contract wasn't all about the Atlanta Falcons parting ways with the most successful coach in franchise history. Stuck away toward the end of the meeting, team owner Arthur Blank and general manager Thomas Dimitroff discussed the failures of this team over the past few years to get...
Via Fox Sports South
December 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Will an NFC South Title Save Mike Smith's Job?

For much of the last year there has been two camps among the Falcons fan base. One has been the fire Mike Smith camp and then there’s the keep Mike Smith around camp. Going into this season it seemed to be rather split between the two camps. But as the season played out and the Falcons blew leads, struggled on the road and at times just flat out didn’t look good the fire Mike...
Via Pro Football Spot
December 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Falcons coach Smith facing an uncertain future

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) Coach Mike Smith keeps searching for ways to fix the Atlanta Falcons, and nothing seems to work. Since finishing 10 yards shy of the Super Bowl two years ago, the Falcons have been a model of dysfunction on the field. They are 9-21 over the last two years and have lost three of five entering Sunday's game at New Orleans. ''Every time we go out there, we...
Via AP on Fox
December 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Loss to Steelers shows Falcons have yet to answer playoff urgency bell

ATLANTA -- No matter what Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith said, this season in the NFC South has been absolutely bonkers. After the Falcons lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers at home on Sunday, Smith was asked how he felt about the way this season has played out, and the fact that if Atlanta handles its business in its final two games it will win the division. "Nothing is odd...
Via Fox Sports South
December 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Will another NFL coach be fired this season?

Through the first nine weeks of the NFL season, former Oakland Raiders head coach Dennis Allen was the only major coaching casualty around the league. With some teams now coming to the realization that they may be out of contention for a playoff spot, there promises to be some rumors about coaches potentially getting their walking papers. Here is a look at some head coaches who...
Via Sportsnaut
November 04, 2014  |  Discuss

New Orleans Saints fans must see these five bold predictions for Week 8

Anyone can pick games. Whether selecting winners or making guesses against the spread, it’s essentially an exercise in flipping a coin. But providing some specifics about what’s going to happen in a game, detailing how things are going to play out, takes some thought, imagination and guts. And it actually provides some insight into what’s going to transpire on Sunday and Monday...
Via cover32 - Saints
October 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Atlanta Falcons 2014 Regular Season Schedule

Head coach Mike Smith is confident his Falcons will return to the playoffs this season. (Kevin C. Cox) The NFL regular season schedule for the 2014 season has been released. After last season’s 4-12 campaign, the Atlanta Falcons have just two primetime games: Week 3 versus the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Thursday Night Football and Week 14 at the Green Bay Packers on Monday Night...
Via In The Neutral Zone
April 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Smith hopes Atlanta keeps creating turnovers

Falcons coach Mike Smith hopes his defense is finally starting to understand how to create takeaways. Despite being eliminated from playoff contention in a Week 11 home loss to New Orleans, Atlanta has four interceptions and eight fumble recoveries in three games since. Strong safety William Moore, rookie cornerback Desmond Trufant and defensive lineman Jonathan Babineaux were...
Via AP on Fox
December 16, 2013  |  Discuss

Falcons need young players to thrive during stretch run

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. With the straightest of straight faces, Mike Smith decided to crack a joke on Monday. The Falcons head coach, who, in his official business with the media, is mostly as serious as they come, had some fun at the expense of the teams beat writer for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution while staring into cameras that would, at some point, carry the news conference...
Via Fox Sports South
December 02, 2013  |  Discuss
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