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Report: Falcons want to extend Smith, Dimitroff

Posted on: January 30, 2011 9:47 pm
 
Posted by Will Brinson

2010 fizzled pretty badly for the Falcons, but all-in-all, it was a pretty darn good year for Atlanta's franchise. They built upon a young, talented foundation and secured the No. 1 overall seed in the NFC playoffs and appear ready to contend in the NFL for quite some time.

So the report from Jay Glazer of FOX Sports during the Pro Bowl that Atlanta's looking to lock up head coach Mike Smith and GM Thomas Dimitroff with long-term extensions makes a lot of sense.

It's easy to forget that before Smith and Dimitroff came into town, the Falcons hit rock bottom -- Michael Vick's prison sentence and the embarrassing escape of Bobby Petrino to Arkansas turned Arthur Blank's franchise from one of the most-watched to the least desirable in the NFL overnight.

Smith and Dimitroff somehow managed to fix the team overnight with the signing of Michael Turner, the trade for Tony Gonzalez and a drafting a superb class in 2008, the highlight of which was Matt Ryan.

They've got the Dirty Birds poised for long-term success and it makes perfect sense that Blank wants them around to reap the rewards of the foundation they built.

One more quick note on Smith -- he's the perfect example of a coach that fans aren't "excited" to see hired, because he lacks name value. But even though he might not be the flashiest coach, he's proven that sometimes name value doesn't always equal wins.

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Since: Mar 14, 2007
Posted on: January 30, 2011 11:47 pm
 

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Smith still has to prove he can win in the playoffs but Dimitroff is definitely a pretty good GM. I give Blank a lot of credit for staying out of their way especially with both of them being rookies when they were hired.



Since: Aug 27, 2008
Posted on: January 30, 2011 10:33 pm
 

Report: Falcons want to extend Smith, Dimitroff

What coach SMith and GM Dimitroff has done is increbile, I did follow the falcons since Vick was draft and was disappointed in the past two years since his departure. But the future is bright for our team and of course we don't have to worry back to back winning seasons again. Now we have to finsh when we get that number one seed again.


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