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The Falcons Have An Awesome Coaching Staff

The title of this post is the only conclusion you can reach after reading this entertaining Mark Bradley article. Mike Smith & Co. have convinced the players to follow them and have won over writers and fans alike, but he's the sort of guy you don't really get to know.

That's why a quote like this is unbelievably great:

Pete Prisco of CBSsports.com reported that Smith sent the Falcons onto the hallowed Lambeau tundra by saying, “That [expletive] field is 100 yards long and 53 1/2 yards wide just like all the other [same expletive] fields.”

The man seems utterly devoid of fear. Famous field? Bah, I say! Team that's widely thought to be better than ours? Phooey on that! The Saints think they can win? [Expletive] [expletive] [expletive] bunch of [expletive] [expletive]! Truly a great attitude for a guy who has to lead a team, and it's clearly one that has resonated with the calmest and coolest bunch of Falcons I can remember seeing.

And this pervades the coaching staff. They're playing aggressive football and absolutely daring teams to beat them while they shove Michael Turner and Matt Ryan down their throats. On defense, they're making up for some obvious shortcomings by giving John Abraham free reign to terrorize the quarterback. In short, Mike Smith has taught this team to never be afraid of anyone and instead instill fear in their opponents. Sounds like a great approach to me.

It's these kinds of stories that make me want to pinch myself. Has this whole season really happened, or is this just one of the best (and longest) dreams I've ever had?