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

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 Associated Press
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

NFL schedule breakdown: Atlanta Falcons

Ever since Arthur Blank bought the Falcons in 2002, his goal has been to make them a relevant franchise in the NFL. That has mostly been the case in the past six seasons with general manager Thomas Dimitroff and head coach Mike Smith at the helm. Including their Thursday night game last season, the Falcons were scheduled for five prime-time games in 2013 (they ended up getting flexed...
Via Fox Sports South
April 24, 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 Associated Press
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

Falcons in danger of first-to-worst finish in NFC

The Falcons have sole claim to the NFC's worst record at 2-9, a dramatic decline for a team which owned the conference's best mark one year ago. Coach Mike Smith said Monday he has no interest in completing a first-to-worst run for the Falcons, even if it brings the top pick in the NFL draft as a reward. Atlanta was 13-3 last season. ''I can assure you this: We're not concerned...
Via Associated Press
November 25, 2013  |  Discuss

Smith snaps at critics, defends Falcons' toughness

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. The irony could not have been more apparent. About six minutes after New Orleans Saints defensive end Akiem Hicks went unpenalized for a blow to the head on quarterback Matt Ryan in the second quarter, Falcons right tackle Jeremy Trueblood received an unnecessary roughness call for a blow to Hicks' head. The call wiped out a 12-yard gain that would have given...
Via Fox Sports South
November 22, 2013  |  Discuss
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