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Mike Smith gets 3-year extension from Falcons

Posted on: February 3, 2011 11:06 am
 
Posted by Will Brinson

The Falcons announced on Thursday that they signed head coach Mike Smith to a three-year extension, the terms of which were not disclosed.

Smith, 33-17 in three years with the Falcons, has yet to win a postseason game, but he and GM Thomas Dimitroff's turnaround of Atlanta's franchise is nothing short of remarkable, and the extension is well deserved.

"When we hired Mike Smith in 2008, we believed we had found the total package: a head coach with strong leadership skills and experience and the track record to back it up, and a man of high character and integrity," Falcons Owner & CEO Arthur Blank said. "In his three seasons with us, Coach Smith has demonstrated all of these characteristics, and then some."

Smith won the AP Coach of the Year award in 2008, and the Sporting News Coach of the Year award in 2010.

"I am looking forward to continuing to build upon the solid foundation we have in place within our organization and on our football team," Smith said. "I’d like to personally thank both Arthur and [General Manager] Thomas Dimitroff for their outstanding support and guidance. We are going to continue to work as hard as we can to bring a championship to Falcons fans and to the city of Atlanta."

It seems pretty likely that the Falcons will seek to extend Dimitroff as well -- it's been clear that ownership loves the direction of the franchise and locking the coach and GM into similar deals only serves to solidify Atlanta's future success.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 9, 2012 5:33 pm
 

Mike Smith gets 3-year extension from Falcons

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Mike Smith gets 3-year extension from Falcons

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Mike Smith gets 3-year extension from Falcons

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Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: February 9, 2011 1:10 pm
 

Mike Smith gets 3-year extension from Falcons

Don't stoop down to our level, I gaurentee you the Lions win more games than the Falcons next year.



Since: Mar 18, 2009
Posted on: February 4, 2011 9:13 am
 

Mike Smith gets 3-year extension from Falcons

With the pieces that they have, I would bet my last cold beer on it that the Falcons do not finish last in their division next year.  Saying that Atlanta giving Smith an extension was a "terrible decision" is just simply an off-the-wall comment and an uneducated one at that.  I believe that the Falcons simply met the better team the day Green Bay was in town.  The Packers have been rolling for quite a while now and have won every game on the road as the 6th seed.  Smith had his team ready but the were just out-played that day, through no fault of his own.  The numbers speak for themselves since Smith's arrival in Atlanta, and he is certainly deserving of the extension.



Since: Oct 19, 2007
Posted on: February 4, 2011 12:57 am
 

Mike Smith gets 3-year extension from Falcons

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Since: Apr 28, 2007
Posted on: February 3, 2011 7:12 pm
 

Mike Smith gets 3-year extension from Falcons

I doubt seriously Atlanta will be at the bottom of the NFC South next year.  Three years does not make a career but Mike Smith is off to a good start.  He got a .660 winning percentage.  I could live with that.  He is still pretty new in the role of Head Coach, and yes he has not won a playoff game yet but when was the last time the Falcons were in a playoff game before Smith.



Since: Nov 28, 2010
Posted on: February 3, 2011 3:44 pm
 

Mike Smith gets 3-year extension from Falcons

Well said, outside of a surprise Lions team next season....which is as likely as a Pirates winning season.



Since: Sep 6, 2008
Posted on: February 3, 2011 2:34 pm
 

Mike Smith gets 3-year extension from Falcons

He is a terrible Coach, he didn't have his team ready when it counted.  Atlanta will finish last in the NFC south next year.  This was a terrible decision.

Lions fan. Enough said.

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