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Another Sunday, Another Report Mike Smith Must Win To Keep His Job

Stop me if you have heard this one: the team needs to win if Mike Smith and Thomas Dimitroff want to guarantee their jobs.

Back when the team's future and ties were much brighter.
Back when the team's future and ties were much brighter.
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The report from last Sunday did not seem to have any negative impact on the Atlanta Falcons. Maybe strategically timed reports will force the Falcons to win all the way to the Super Bowl.

Lets piece together the reports from this morning.

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.

La Canfora lists some familiar names for replacement coaches: Jets head coach Rex Ryan, New England offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, and Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase.

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.

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.