Some owners react to a bump in the road differently than others.
McKay got a new four-year deal (allowing him to continue to oversee the construction of a new stadium), while Smith and Dimitroff got a year added onto existing deals.
Injuries were a part of a pothole of a season for the Falcons, who went 4-12 this year. But that came after five straight winning seasons, in which the Falcons averaged 11 wins a year (60-36 overall).
“We are fortunate to have talented key leaders at the Falcons who are dedicated to a common goal of being a league leader on and off the field,” owner Arthur Blank said in a statement. “I have great respect for the skills and commitment of Rich, Thomas and Smitty, and I look forward to continuing to support and work with them in the years to come.”
The Falcons hadn’t posted back-to-back winning seasons in franchise history until the current administration arrived, which is why it’s refreshing to see Blank commit to his power structure when things are at an ebb.