Black Monday is here, and one of the first guys to be gone will be Falcons coach Mike Smith. Per a league source with knowledge of the situation, Smith is “absolutely done” after seven seasons with the team.
It’s hardly a surprise; owner Arthur Blank already has hired a search firm to find the next head coach.
Some will think that Smith lost his job once he lost Sunday’s NFC South championship game. But he likely was gone even if the Falcons had won on Sunday. He likely would have been gone even if the Falcons had won in the wild-card round.
Before Smith’s arrival, the Falcons had never had consecutive winning seasons. Smith led them to five in a row. But a 4-12 season followed by 6-10 has sealed Smith’s fate.