Word On The Street Is.. in Talk About the Falcons Posted November 24, 2014 I don't think this has anything to do with being soft, and everything to do with Arthur being loyal to the man that helped turn this franchise around. I believe it's time for Smith to be let go, mainly because I would like to see how the team and players react to a new a coach. It would be a great evaluation time, to see what we truly need for next year. On the other hand, we are still somehow in the playoff hunt, and I believe that Blank would face alot of media criticism if he fired a coach while the team is still in the hunt(not that I agree with this logic). I'm glad my name is not Arthur Blank today, I think whatever he does, whether he fires Smith or keeps him until the end of season, there will be media outlets that'll scorn him for not firing Smith, and ones that will scorn him if he does fire Smith.