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As Mike Smith continued to rack up wins with the Atlanta Falcons, he joined select company. Coming off the team's second 13-3 season in three years, Smith was voted Sporting News NFL Coach of the Year for 2012. He also won the award in 2008 and 2010.

Among active coaches, Smith is the third multiple winner, along with the New Orleans Saints' Sean Payton and New England Patriots' Bill Belichick. In the long history of the SN award dating to 1947, Smith's three overall awards match greats Paul Brown, Chuck Knox and Joe Gibbs. Only Don Shula has won four.

Sporting News NFL Coach of the Year: Falcons boss Mike Smith is first among his colleagues in 2012. (AP Photo)

Smith was recognized by his peers. Sporting News received votes from a pool of 27 NFL coaches and executives to determine the winner. In a tight race, Smith (8) finished ahead of the Indianapolis Colts' tag team of Bruce Arians and Chuck Pagano (7), the Houston Texans' Gary Kubiak (6), John Fox (2) of the Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks' Pete Carroll (2).

Also on Friday, Sporting News announce Brian Arians as Coordinator of the Year for his success with the Indianapolis Colts.

Through his five regular seasons in Atlanta, the Falcons have never finished worse than 9-7 and are a most impressive 56-24 overall. This season, the Falcons broke through to give Smith his first playoff victory, and the team fell a game short of getting to Super Bowl XLVII.

A day after a 28-24 NFC championship game loss to the San Francisco 49ers, Smith made it clear the Falcons have just scratched the surface with their success.

"It was not our goal this year just to win a playoff game," Smith said. "Our expectations are a lot higher than that."

The Falcons strengthened their standing as an NFC power after Smith made two key changes to his coaching staff. Offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter brought an up-tempo passing game that led to quarterback Matt Ryan's best season. Defensive coordinator Mike Nolan installed creative scheming to raise his unit's big-play quotient. The team also went 8-3 in games decided by seven or fewer points.

Smith and general manager Thomas Dimitroff showed a keen eye for improving the Falcons since they came to Atlanta together in 2008. Expect the personnel to be upgraded again as they look to reach the Super Bowl.

"It was a very good learning experience this entire season for us as a football team, as a coaching staff," Smith said. "It allows us to take some of the good and some of the bad that took place this season, work on it in the offseason and prepare ourselves for another season."

The 10 previous Sporting News winners: Jim Harbaugh, 49ers (2011), Smith (2010), Payton (2009), Smith (2008), Belichick (2007), Payton (2006), Tony Dungy, Colts (2005), Bill Cowher, Pittsburgh Steelers (2004), Belichick (2003), Andy Reid, Philadelphia Eagles (2002).

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About the awards

Sporting News polled more than 800 NFL players, coaches and executives for our 2012 awards. Everyone voted for offensive and defensive player of the year, rookie of the year and comeback player of the year. Only coaches and executives voted for coach of the year, coordinator of the year, executive of the year and SN’s All-Pro team.

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I will never understand the panic that ensued after missing the SB by mere minutes. Isn't that what you trolls called worst case scenario? We get that and it's still blow everything up. Idiots. Congrats Smitty. Well deserved.

I really believe they want the team to be like it was in 07'. That way they won't get "hurt" anymore. Sound like a bunch of defeatist pansy idiots to me.

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I really believe they want the team to be like it was in 07'. That way they won't get "hurt" anymore. Sound like a bunch of defeatist pansy idiots to me.

Exactly! It's like they forgot just how sh*tty we were before the top three got here. No back to back winning seasons, yet let's fire the HC and GM and release the QB who all got us to see 5 straight winning seasons, some postseason hopes and a bright future. No they'd rather us resemble the Browns.
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Best coach in our history!!!

(it's sad that the majority of the posters on this board are fair weather fans and call for Smity's head - you have no idea what it used to be like and how many teams wish they had our record over the past 5 years)

nope .....Glanville , Mora and bennett all have the same amount of playoff wins .....Dan Reeves only coach ever to take falcons to the superbowl .....mike smith is another bobby cox .... Will always fail in post season .... Facts never lie ....
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Could be because the rest of the NFL recognizes how far this team has come since 2007,when no big names wanted the job. Not to mention the guys has gotten a helluva lot out of some players that might not be as good as we all think they are (me included) beyond Ryan,Abe, Gonzo, Julio,Roddy, and maybe Spoon,Everybody else has their flaws and weaknesses big time. Got the feeling that these players give the maximum for Smitty, that point isn't lost on potential free agents.

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