Falcons Keep Head Coach Mike Smith, No Coaching Changes At This TIme

Dale Zanine-US PRESSWIRE

It appears Mike Smith will live to coach the Atlanta Falcons another season.

Once Arthur Blank gave Mike Smith a vote of confidence, it didn't seem particularly likely the head coach would be out in Atlanta. The DW outlined arguments for and against keeping Smitty earlier today, and you can make a valid case either way. Smith is going to be the head coach of the Atlanta Falcons heading into 2014, however.

The franchise was willing to bet that 2013 was the fluke year, and that Smith is the right coach for this Falcons team going forward. He's got the regular season record and the players' trust to indicate that, but the team will have to start getting over the hump in the playoffs regularly if he's going to remain the coach for several more seasons.

I don't think this is the end. Smith, Dirk Koetter and Mike Nolan should return, but I anticipate position coaches will be gone once the team finishes evaluating. I also don't know if Smith is going to get an extension, or if he'll have one year to prove he deserves a new contract. It's very, very early yet.

Here's a few more interesting thoughts from the afternoon presser featuring Smith and Thomas Dimitroff.

Thoughts on Smith and the franchise? I know many of you have strong feelings, but please be civil in your disagreements.

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