Some owners react to a bump in the road differently than others.
The Falcons just announced that they extended the contracts of team president Rich McKay, head coach Mike Smith and General Manager Thomas Dimitroff.
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.