Lets piece together the reports from this morning.
#Falcons face real prospect of having to win vs. CAR & in playoffs for Mike Smith to keep his job. Owner Arthur Blank has been dissatisfied— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 28, 2014
This aligns with multiple different reports and leaks through the last few weeks. Arthur Blank has had to watch the Atlanta Falcons, and we all know that is typically a pretty terrible time. I would rather watch Sarah McLachlan's ASPCA commercial looped for three hours instead of watching three defensive tackles rush the quarterback on third and long.
Just more confirmation that Arthur Blank will not accept a poorly performing team... for any more than two seasons.
Is Thomas Dimitroff's bicycle seat heating up? Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reports on the current General Manager's future.
The Falcons would have to make the playoffs and likely win multiple games to keep owner Arthur Blank from making a change at head coach, according to what he has told others around the league. General manager Thomas Dimitroff's future is hanging in the balance as well, pending the outcome of a coaching search. Should Atlanta lose to Carolina today and not reach the postseason, some close to Blank believe he would start with a clean slate in both coaching and the front office.
Tyson Jackson is a GM killer.
New names include Arizona defensive coordinator Todd Bowles and Detroit Lions defensive coordinator Teryl Austin. CBS wrote about all five potentially replacing Mike Smith, but the list is pretty short on exciting names that would energize the fan base.
How close is all of this? The Falcons have apparently hired a search firm to help find a new head coach, in the event Smith gets fired.
Falcons have hired the search firm, Korn Ferry, to identify HC candidates in the event the team makes a HC change, via @mortreport and I.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 28, 2014
Blank is getting ready to move quickly if Smitty can not win into January.
There are no suggestions about who could potentially replace Dimitroff, but I am polishing up my resume and writing a killer cover letter as we speak.