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Why do you think the Falcons got dominated in the playoffs so much when Mike Smith was head coach?


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4 hours ago, Vandy said:

Actually, there was very little on that team that was Mike Smith’s.

And Mike Smith was anything but soft. And Adam Schein is a goofus clown.

I feel you but we were def soft under Mike Smith. Very soft.

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1 minute ago, ya_boi_j said:

We just had this experience at work. The regular cleaning lady was on vacation last week and we noticed it. I hugged her yesterday and told her how much she was missed

Years ago I used to give our cleaning people restaurant gift cards if they were around long enough to receive them. The cleaning crews (for whatever reason) either rotated out or were fired on a regular basis.  They are not appreciated enough by people. 

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On 6/7/2021 at 2:50 PM, takeitdown said:

Yep.  They won close games.  But good teams would clearly shut our run game down, and we were so focused on the run game that we didn't have a great passing game without it.  (Ryan could play, Roddy could play, but not a great passing system).

They were a "play not to lose" team, and that works ok in the regular season.

Exactly. Playing not to lose works great in the regular season when 24 to 26 NFL teams are just as mediocre as you are and will screw up regularly and give you a great chance at the win.

In the play-offs you have to actually play to win over an opponent who isn't going to hand you anything. It's a 180 degree change in mindset, effort, play-calling, execution and attitude the Falcons were incapable of achieving with Mike Smith. Sadly, Smittyball was never going to win a SB.

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1 hour ago, PokerSteve said:

Exactly. Playing not to lose works great in the regular season when 24 to 26 NFL teams are just as mediocre as you are and will screw up regularly and give you a great chance at the win.

In the play-offs you have to actually play to win over an opponent who isn't going to hand you anything. It's a 180 degree change in mindset, effort, play-calling, execution and attitude the Falcons were incapable of achieving with Mike Smith. Sadly, Smittyball was never going to win a SB.

That 2012 team came so close. :( But that was as close as Mike Smith was going to get. 

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