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  1. 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.

  2. I would love to see his post-game speech to the team. What could Smith honestly say to the guys, they know Smith cost them this game in the worst way. If I was a player I don't even know if I'd want to hear him say a word, sorry just isn't good enough for someone who has been in the NFL as long as Smitty has.

  3. The last paragraph of the wiki page for Dimi is priceless.

    The Falcons finished 9–7 in 2009, missing the playoffs. In 2010, the Falcons finished 13–3, earning home field advantage for the duration of the playoffs; however, they lost to the Green Bay Packers in the Divisional round. He was named the 2010 NFL Executive of the Year by the Sporting News, his second time receiving the award. Dimitroff has since shown a steadfast refusal to acquire or retain competent blocking offensive linemen. Dimitroff is widely recognized employing a "hope for the best" philosophy for evaluating and acquiring defensive ends and tackles.
  4. Nineteen days ago, the Falcons obliterated the Buccaneers, 56-14. It moved Atlanta’s record to 2-1 and created the impression that the Falcons had returned to prominence.

    Since then, the Falcons have lost two in a row, both by double digits. Injuries to the offensive line and an ineffective defense have created the impression that this year’s Falcons won’t be much better than last year’s 4-12 debacle.

    Owner Arthur Blank isn’t panicking. Yet.

    Do I want to scream? Yes,” Blank tells Jeff Schultz of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “But not on the outside. I scream


    Asked if there will be firings if five straight winning seasons results in a second straight losing season, Blank tap danced.

    “I understand the question and my job during the season is not to speculate,” Blank said. “My job to be a support person, be as positive as I can be We lost a game Sunday in New York and we have to move past that and move on to Chicago. If we use all of our energy hand-wringing, we’ll have less energy to approach this in a positive way.”

    Schultz deftly tried it another way, asking if it’s fair to say jobs are on the line.

    “I would say to you, and I mean it sincerely: I have confidence in the coaching staff and the G.M. and the players,” Blank said. “I’m not speculating during the season about what might happen after the season. That’s not compatible with doing what I should be expected to do.”

    Implicit in these answers is that, after the season, anything can happen, including terminations of employment. At a time when there are questions about the quality of the roster (specifically on defense) and questionable coaching decisions that suggest concerns about the quality of the roster (specifically on defense), it becomes important for the coaching staff and front office to resist the temptation to point fingers at each other or cover their own rear ends and to continue working toward the goal of keeping Blank’s screaming on the inside from becoming shouts of “you’re fired” on the outside.


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