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Wednesday morning at the Senior Bowl.

"Nobody works harder," said Jacksonville head coach Jack Del Rio. "He's got a great mind for football. He's prepared for this opportunity and I think he'll do a nice job with it."

Del Rio was not sure what assistants that Smith might want to bring with him to Atlanta from the Jacksonville staff.

"We'll work through that," Del Rio said.

Del Rio guided the Jaguars to the AFC divisional round of the playoffs this season.

"We worked hard to put together a strong staff," Del Rio said. "We'll just continue to do all that we can to win. Obviously I wish Mike the very best with this opportunity that he's getting."

Joe DeCamillis, a former Falcons assistant and Jacksonville's special teams coordinator, said he would not join Smith's staff in Atlanta. Mike Tice, Jacksonville's assistant head coach/tight ends and former head coach with Minnesota, does not plan to come to Atlanta.

When asked if he would be joining the staff in Atlanta, Tice said, "We've got a pretty good thing in Jacksonville."

Both DeCamillis and Tice praised Atlanta's choice.

"He tries to make it complicated for the teams he's playing, but simple for the players that he's got," said DeCamillis. "It's a very physical defense that's technique sound. I think he'll do a great job for them."

"He's a very bright man," said Tice. "He's very diligent in what he does with his preparation. A great leader. Great character. I think that everything about him exemplifies a guy that has worked his way up through the ranks. He was a college coach, NFL assistant and defensive coordinator."

Another coach at the Senior Bowl, Detroit Lions offensive coordinator Jim Colletto, worked with Smith when both were on staff with the Baltimore Ravens.

"When he first came to Baltimore, he kind of assisted the defense. You could tell he was really a sharp guy. He did a heck of a good job with those guys," said Colletto.

"He's done a great job in Jacksonville and he's really a good guy. A genuine, honest, loyal, and good guy."

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I don't put a lot of stock in these opinions... I mean he and Del Rio are friends and have worked together for several years... what is he supposed to say?? " He sucked and I am glad he's gone" "He probably will be a terrible head coach" I don't think so!

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Khufu (1/23/2008)
Aren't those opinions kind of one-sided?? I mean, they did work with the guy right? Where are the opinions from across the league?

I don't know why they would actually ask the people that worked with Smith their opinion on the hire.

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Bloodhoundz Reborn (1/23/2008)
Typical comments that usually happens in every situation.

"Nobody works harder" is not a typical comment from a league where everyone is a workaholic.

......of course DeCamm wasn't coming back. He's Dan Reeves son-in-law.

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1989fan (1/23/2008)
I was just disappointed that Mike Tice said he wouldnt come over with Smith. He would have been my top choice for OC.

I actually posted on here that I wanted the Falcons to interview Tice for the HC job. I honestly think he's going to be an excellent HC when he gets another shot at it.

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