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Texas Tech assistant turned down Cleveland Browns’ job offer to remain at alma mater

One of the more notable National Signing Day interviews at Texas Tech came from outside linebackers coach Mike Smith who only received one new player since depth at his positions is adequate for at least the next two years. Smith revealed he was approached by good friend and former colleague Mike Pettine, the new Cleveland Browns head coach and a former defensive coordinator with...
Via Pro Sports Daily
February 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Falcons' Mike Smith pleased with offense

Atlanta Falcons coach Mike Smith said after practice Saturday that he was pleased about the team's offense getting untracked Thursday night a 27-23 preseason loss at Baltimore, and just as happy about what - or who - is coming next. Pro Bowl tight end Tony Gonzalez is expected to participate Sunday morning in the Falcons' final training camp practice, and play next week...
Via Fox Sports
August 17, 2013  |  Discuss

Falcons' Smith's road from obscurity to top of his craft

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. For 12 years Mike Smith toiled in a place that would seem to embody the NFL coaching wilderness: Cookeville, Tenn., and Tennessee Tech, first as an assistant and, eventually, defensive coordinator. But, in a way, that period ended up underscoring the saying by Seneca, the ancient Roman philosopher and politician (a saying that Smith, whose parents were teachers...
Via Fox Sports South
October 19, 2012  |  Discuss

Falcons a perfect 5-0 on west coast under Smith

Mike Smith credits the Falcons' success on the west coast to the performance of his players, not his travel schedule. Even so, Smith isn't about to mess with a winning formula. That means Friday was a travel day for the Falcons. Smith led a light practice, packed up his team and headed to the Atlanta airport for an afternoon flight to San Diego - two days before Sunday...
Via Fox Sports
September 21, 2012  |  Discuss

Falcons vs. Ravens: Five observations

It's telling that after the Falcons' 31-17 loss to the Baltimore Ravens in their preseason opener on Thursday that the head coaches of both teams were displeased with their respective teams' performances. Maybe that's just the nature of the preseason. Falcons head coach Mike Smith concentrated his postgame remarks mostly on why his team didn't win, as if it...
Via Fox Sports South
August 10, 2012  |  Discuss

Falcons' Smith to start 'real evaluation process'

Mike Smith isn't thinking about the opponent as his Falcons enter their preseason opener against the Baltimore Ravens. There has been no game-planning in practice this week for Thursday night's matchup against the Ravens. Instead, Smith says he wants to use his first look at his players in a game to help him build his depth chart. Smith says the preseason opener is when...
Via AP on Fox
August 08, 2012  |  Discuss

Atlanta Falcons expected backlash from Koetter hire

The numbers don’t look very good on the surface. Atlanta Falcons’ new offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter led the league’s 32nd-ranked offense last season as offensive coordinator of the Jacksonville Jaguars. And for a talented team like the Falcons that struggled offensively at times during the season and was shut out during the post season, hiring a coordinator from the league’s...
Via The Sport Mentalist
May 20, 2012  |  Discuss

Familiar faces litter Falcon's preseason schedule

Some of the usual suspects on are on the Atlanta Falcons preseason schedule although with some new names leading the way, which will provide interesting subplots. For the last few years, the Falcons have held combined practices or scrimmages with Jacksonville, the organization where Falcons head coach Mike Smith came from in 2008, as he was defensive coordinator with the Jaguars...
Via Fox Sports South
April 05, 2012  |  Discuss

Washington State Hires Jets Intern Mike Smith

Weeks posted a fantastic article last week depicting the relationship between Jets intern Mike Smith and linebacker Aaron Maybin.  Maybin credits Smith for his resurgence and as a result the two have become extremely close.  Thus, it is worth noting that Smith has decided to leave the team to become the linebackers coach at Washington State. MIKE LEACH HAS gone to the NFL for...
Via The Jets Blog
December 14, 2011  |  Discuss

Smith keeps it simple for Falcons

Atlanta Falcons coach Mike Smith worked two full-time jobs before joining his family for dinner on Thursday. The event-filled Thanksgiving was a non-stop whirlwind that included practice and meetings at the Falcons' training complex in Flowery Branch and community service 50 miles south in downtown Atlanta. Smith wouldn't have it any other way, but you would hardly know...
Via AP on Fox
November 24, 2011  |  Discuss
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