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Thomas Dimitroff: Mike Smith isn’t going anywhere

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Before action got underway on the field on Sunday, there was a report about Jon Gruden’s future that included a reference to the Falcons.

Jason LaCanfora of CBSSports.com reported that Gruden’s likeliest targets for a return to coaching are the Raiders and Falcons in the event that those jobs open up. The Falcons fell to 2-7 against the Seahawks on Sunday, but General Manager Thomas Dimitroff said after the game that Smith’s job is secure when he was asked about the “agitating” report regarding Gruden.

Mike Smith is a hell of a football coach; he’s the leader of this team,” Dimitroff said, via ESPN.com. “Mike’s going nowhere.”

Smith has a 58-31 record since taking over the Falcons and he’s led the team to the playoffs four times, which makes it hard to believe that Dimitroff is just posturing. The Falcons’ season has gone south with a lot of help from injuries, something that Smith can’t control, and there have been plenty of personnel decisions that haven’t worked out in the Falcons’ advantage this season.

Nothing should be ruled out until the season comes to an end, especially if things go from bad to worse in Atlanta, but, for now, it seems unlikely that Smith’s going to be on the chopping block.

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45 Responses to “Thomas Dimitroff: Mike Smith isn’t going anywhere”
  1. tdubdizzle says: Nov 11, 2013 9:15 AM

    And that championship trophy is not coming to Atlanta anytime soon…

  2. tdubdizzle says: Nov 11, 2013 9:15 AM

    Smith coaches a soft team. He’d be better of as a coordinator.

  3. stevenwilliams2013 says: Nov 11, 2013 9:16 AM

    I like Mike Smith.

  4. nawlinssaints1956 says: Nov 11, 2013 9:20 AM

    Let us all agree that Mike Smith should remain the HC of the Falcons for many years. Both he and Matt Ryan will keep that squad from winning any significant games…

  5. thereisfootballwestofjersey says: Nov 11, 2013 9:27 AM

    Shouldn’t Dimitrioff be the one shown the door? He never built a sufficient defense!

  6. elwaysagenius says: Nov 11, 2013 9:27 AM

    Smith can’t be blamed for injuries

  7. wvuandsteelers says: Nov 11, 2013 9:29 AM

    I like Mike Smith. I mean, the Falcons lost the following starters: Both WRs, RB, DE, RT, 2 LBs and LT. Kinda hard to overcome that. I’m a Falcons and Steelers fan, so this season has sucked. However, I see it as they both get a high pick so hopefully they can bring in some solid players and get right back on top.

  8. jakescott13 says: Nov 11, 2013 9:29 AM

    Kiss of death.

  9. therolandobottom says: Nov 11, 2013 9:44 AM

    A Gruden return to Oakland is inevitable. Just depends on how quickly M Davis will show McKenzie and Allen the door. If it was me, I’d get the ball rolling already.

  10. atlfan31833 says: Nov 11, 2013 9:45 AM

    All the eggs were put in one basket (passing game). They thought that with the passing attack that everything else would fall into place and that teams just wouldn’t be able to win the track meet. THEN INJURIES. The OL has been shown to be weak. They can’t pass protect or open holes for SJ. They should’ve never let Clabo go and should’ve asked McClure to come back one more year. And since I’m pretending to be GM, they should’ve waited to pay Matt Ryan. That gamble paid off well for the Ravens and would be a welcomed problem to have if he played well this year. But like most, I have the 20-20 vision of hindsight when posting on here.

  11. thebassbiscuit says: Nov 11, 2013 9:46 AM

    Mike Smith should not be worrying about his job. Dimitroff’s “brilliant” draft in 2011 is coming back to haunt this team.

  12. pantherfan294 says: Nov 11, 2013 9:48 AM

    He’s lead the Falcons to the playoffs 4 times. ’08, ’10, ’11, ’12. They missed the playoffs in ’09. And oh yea 2013 too. Definitely missed the playoffs in 2013.

  13. jgedgar70 says: Nov 11, 2013 9:48 AM

    As a Panther fan, I’d be happy to see Smith canned, because that would be the stupidest thing the Falcons have ever done.

    The Falcons never had 2 consecutive winning seasons before Smith got there, and now they’re having their first losing season under them. The idea he should be fired after 1 bad season is perposterous.

  14. uscoach says: Nov 11, 2013 9:52 AM

    “He’s going nowhere” is a pretty affirmative statement.

  15. twilson962 says: Nov 11, 2013 9:54 AM

    Easily the best coach the Falcons have ever had. A slew of injuries have decimated this team. They took a flyer on S. Jackson, and it didn’t pay off. Tony Gonzalez isn’t gonna be around next year. But I don’t doubt they will be back to prominence next year.

  16. mrlaloosh says: Nov 11, 2013 10:07 AM

    Dimitroff, Smith and Ryan should all get the heave-ho. Falcons will never see progress as long as Moe, Larry & Curley are in place.

  17. skippynj says: Nov 11, 2013 10:12 AM

    Awesome. As long as Mike “the panic” Smith is hc, meattrough is gm and Matty romo is qb, Aaaathuh will get no rings.

  18. daknight93 says: Nov 11, 2013 10:13 AM

    as a saints fan, I do agree 100% with TD..Mike Smith is one hell of a coach and deserves to keep his job..Failcants are just having a down year and every team goes thru that..Failcants will have a top 10 pick in the draft next year and can build on the existing talent that they already have…see ya next year failcant fans

  19. followme2boston says: Nov 11, 2013 10:20 AM

    Dimitroff betting the farm on an often injured in college Julio Jones was a far worse problem than any coaching decision.

  20. jacobslatter says: Nov 11, 2013 10:26 AM

    The Falcons need to draft in the 1st rd. with their top 5 pick is either a DE or OT which will help out immensely. The other spots need a DT, G, LB, RB, S & get a FA that’s kinda sorta young to round out the gaps. Subtract injuries hopefully & WHAMMO back to 8-8 or better in 2014.

  21. chuckchillout says: Nov 11, 2013 10:49 AM

    And neither are the Falcons. Doesn’t it feel like their window has closed before it ever really opened?!? It feels like 3-4 teams in the NFC have left them in the dust, overnight, and they don’t have any chance to catch them.

    I predict 4-5 straight 3rd-place finishes in the NFC South for them. There’s no way they’ll be able to hang with the Saints or the Panthers in the foreseeable future.

  22. dirtybird70 says: Nov 11, 2013 10:56 AM

    awesome! I love having a guy thats overwhelmed as a HC! Wheeeeeee!

  23. johnnyjagfan says: Nov 11, 2013 10:59 AM

    Can’t have a winning team when you lose your #1 and #2 WRs, your #1 RB stays nicked up and your D-Line suffers injuries, FA losses (Abraham was worth the $ he held out for) and your secondary starts 2 rookies. The Falcon model is to be able to score enough to outlast your defense and it was first to go.

    Just not their year. If the Chiefs can go 2-14 and be undefeated after week 10 this year, the Falcons can come back to camp next season confident that they can contend.

  24. deathonwings410 says: Nov 11, 2013 11:18 AM

    And they won’t be winning a Super Bowl anytime soon. Him or John Fox.

  25. bucnblood says: Nov 11, 2013 11:30 AM

    And neither are the falcan’ts.

  26. birdmantd says: Nov 11, 2013 11:55 AM

    It goes like this. Championship coaches like a Belichek get 2 years to right the ship after a bad year. A successful coach who hasn’t one the big one like Smith gets one year. Unproven coach get no guarantees whatsoever.

  27. mrstinkypants says: Nov 11, 2013 11:56 AM

    Dimitroff wouldn’t consider trading Gonzalez a couple of weeks ago to a contender for some draft picks. If he wouldn’t do that then there is no way Mike Smith is going anywhere- even if they go winless the rest of the season.

  28. charleypattonsguitar says: Nov 11, 2013 11:57 AM

    Hurray!

    Signed,

    The City of New Orleans

  29. patsfansknowitall says: Nov 11, 2013 12:06 PM

    horrible in game manager.

  30. thestrategyexpert says: Nov 11, 2013 12:06 PM

    This is good news, I was hoping Atlanta wouldn’t get serious and look for positive ways to change the team. Dimitroff will keep this team non-competitive for a long time so the playoff spots can be focused on by a few select and more privileged teams.

    I just hope they don’t wisen up and get a hell of a GM.

  31. jacobk621 says: Nov 11, 2013 12:11 PM

    He’s Ted Marchibroda all over again ,, great offensive mind or coordinator but can’t win the big one as a head coach

  32. steelersaregodsteam says: Nov 11, 2013 12:16 PM

    The Falcons are bad.

  33. harrisonhits2 says: Nov 11, 2013 12:41 PM

    elwaysagenius says:

    Smith can’t be blamed for injuries
    _______________________

    No but he can be blamed for poor cap management and roster depth. Pats have had terrible injury problems this year but the next men up have kept doing well.

  34. Juan says: Nov 11, 2013 12:46 PM

    Whoever was responsible for signing the washed up oft injured Steven Jackson deserves to be fired.

  35. duffer58 says: Nov 11, 2013 1:11 PM

    Mike Smith has done a fantastic job in his time in Atlanta. LaCanfora just made crap up has usual.

  36. rboyett says: Nov 11, 2013 1:29 PM

    Saints fans everywhere are praying that Mike Smith never leaves Atlanta.

  37. cursedvikings1998 says: Nov 11, 2013 1:33 PM

    Just as an experiment, Jerry Jones should switch places with Thomas Dimitroff for one year.

    My hypothesis is that both teams would still wallow in mediocrity.

  38. db105 says: Nov 11, 2013 2:20 PM

    The Falcons cycling down after having a very good 3-4 year stretch is the norm in the NFL during the salary cap era. The only teams that defy the cycling ups and downs are the Browns and Patriots.

  39. jaltreality says: Nov 11, 2013 2:36 PM

    Wow. I’m a Saints fan, and the only reason I’d agree with the Falcons firing Mike Smith is bias. One bad season (plagued with injuries, by the way) is not the basis on which to judge a coach. He’s done fantastic with Matt Ryan in Atlanta.

  40. rodh32340 says: Nov 11, 2013 2:42 PM

    I think Gruden is considering the Dolphins before any other teams start calling. Ross (Miami’s owner ) needs to react quickly to this public relations nightmare by parting ways with the idiots that allowed the atmosphere to exist.

  41. ilovefoolsball says: Nov 11, 2013 2:57 PM

    I know that Sean Payton doesn’t want Mike Smith fired that’s for sure!

  42. bcajun says: Nov 11, 2013 3:03 PM

    He reminds me of donald duck haha

  43. nolaisadump says: Nov 11, 2013 3:05 PM

    They lost 2 linebackers,2 tackles,2 receivers,1 rb,1de, they have a second yr guy at center and 2 ufa starting at linebacker. They are starting 2 rookie corners. That would be a lot for any team to overcome.
    I don’t get the Ryan bashing, the only Qb to win more games in the past 5 years is Brady. News flash, defense is soft and Ryan doesn’t play D. Ryan is reported the first man in the building and the last to leave. In his press conference he never says the word “i” unless to take the blame.

  44. tinbender2000 says: Nov 11, 2013 3:57 PM

    therolandobottom says: Nov 11, 2013 9:44 AM

    A Gruden return to Oakland is inevitable. Just depends on how quickly M Davis will show McKenzie and Allen the door. If it was me, I’d get the ball rolling already.
    ===============================================

    I disagree. For what McKenzie started with it would have been tempting to mortgage the future like they have been doing forever to get warm bodies on this team that anyone has ever heard of. Instead he’s paying down the debt and Mr.Allen’s doing a bang up job of being competitive with a bunch of no- names. That is the mark of a good coach.

  45. pftmaniac says: Nov 11, 2013 5:19 PM

    Jon Gruden is welcome back as Head Coach in Tampa Bay anytime! It’s been a disaster ever since the Glazers fired him after consecutive 9-7 seasons. Schiano won’t win 9 games over TWO seasons!

    I think there is a reasonable shot of him landing in Dallas because that current staff is stocked with his former assistants. That’s the kind of team that he could invigorate to huge successes for a couple of years, until he burns them out.

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