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Mike Smith Stays Humble

Fact: Smitty once ate an entire cheese wheel

Kevin C. Cox

It's easy to get complacent when you're winning. At 10-1, we're undoubtedly one of the better teams in the league. I'm not sure I'd say we're the best, but we're pretty darn good. But don't tell Smitty that, because all he sees is the need to get better.

Leading the NFC with a 10-1 record isn’t nearly enough to satisfy Atlanta Falcons coach Mike Smith.

His team is playing too many close games and still making too many mistakes for Smith to say that Atlanta is one of the NFL’s few elite teams.

He will only say that if the Falcons keep winning, they will put themselves in position to earn a top playoff seed.

Look how Roddy White and Tony Gonzalez are responding - humility is popular at Flowery Branch. They've been down this road before. It only takes 60 minutes of mediocre playoff football to negate an entire season worth of successes.

With all the parity in the NFL in recent years, seeding is by no means determinative. Heck, remember what happened the last time we had the number one seed? We need to be play consistently. We need to play well on both sides of the ball. Dave needs to stop drinking a fifth of Dewar's each night.