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Tue, 26 Aug 2014 19:30:41 -0700
Atlanta Falcons RB Jacquizz Rodgers was stopped on a fourth-and-1 run during the team's third preseason game, and heading into the preseason finale Thursday, Aug. 28, head coach Mike Smith said he wants to emphasize being able to run the ball effectively in obvious running situations.
Fantasy Tip: If Smith sticks to that plan during the year, it could lead to more chances for Steven Jackson around the goal line. Jackson is a risky pick because of all his recent injury issues, but if healthy, he will have a big role in the offense and RB2 upside. Consider scooping him up as a third running back if the injury concerns cause him to slide in your draft.
Tue, 01 Jul 2014 12:14:07 -0700
Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians thinks the Atlanta Falcons will bounce back this year, and he is not looking forward to playing them in 2014. "I'm not looking forward it," Arians said. "I thought (general manager Thomas Dimitroff) and (head coach Mike Smith) did a great job of really securing their lines of scrimmage, which I know was their goal. I know that Matt (Ryan) is going to come back strong. I could see the Falcons bouncing back real big this year."
Wed, 25 Jun 2014 13:58:35 -0700
Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith said LB Tim Dobbins may have to pick up some of the slack from players that have left the team. "He's going to have to pick up some of the slack that we lost with a guy that's leaving our team," Smith said. "Akeem (Dent) was a central part on special teams. Dobbins has been a good special teams player. He's probably played more special teams snaps than he has defensive snaps. He has a track record, both as a first, second and third-down player and as a fourth-down player."
Sun, 18 May 2014 07:54:18 -0700
Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith said WR Julio Jones (knee) would not be doing much during the offseason and the goal is to have him ready for training camp.
Fantasy Tip: It is wise for the team to take it slow with Jones at this point in the year. Barring a setback, Jones should be good to go in training camp.
Mon, 27 Jan 2014 10:47:31 -0800
The Atlanta Falcons extended the contracts of president and chief executive officer Rich McKay, general manager Thomas Dimitroff and head coach Mike Smith Monday, Jan. 27. McKay signed a four-year deal that will run through May of 2019, while Dimitroff and Smith each signed one-year contracts. Financial terms of the deals weren't disclosed.
Mon, 16 Dec 2013 11:55:51 -0800
Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith said FS Thomas DeCoud (concussion) will practice Wednesday, Dec. 18, without contact. He is expected to play in Week 16.
Mon, 16 Dec 2013 11:51:18 -0800
Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith said he expects LB Sean Weatherspoon (knee) to practice at some point this week.
Wed, 04 Dec 2013 10:53:30 -0800
Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith said the team is preparing as if Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers (collarbone) will play Week 14.
Thu, 21 Nov 2013 19:08:06 -0800
Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith and general manager Thomas Dimitroff have been told by owner Arthur Blank that they will be back with the team next season.
Mon, 18 Nov 2013 09:27:04 -0800
Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank has expressed confidence in general manager Thomas Dimitroff and head coach Mike Smith despite the team's 2-8 record this season. "We love our head coach and we love our general manager," Blank said. "It's up to them to candidly look at everybody -- candidly, honestly, critically -- and see what we have to do. There should be nobody that escapes that critique. That's their job, and I have confidence they'll do it. And they are doing it. And they will do it."
Mon, 11 Nov 2013 11:46:00 -0800
Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith said that LB Sean Weatherspoon (foot) would be activated from Injured Reserve in the next 48 hours.
Mon, 11 Nov 2013 09:51:44 -0800
A report has linked former head coach Jon Gruden and current ESPN analyst to the Atlanta Falcons head coaching job if it were to open up. However, general manager Thomas Dimitroff said head coach Mike Smith isn't in danger of losing his job despite the team's 2-7 record. Smith was signed to a three-year deal in 2011.
Mon, 11 Nov 2013 09:02:41 -0800
Atlanta Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff confirmed that head coach Mike Smith's job is not in jeopardy. "Mike Smith is a hell of a football coach; he's the leader of this team," Dimitroff said. "Mike's going nowhere."
Thu, 10 Oct 2013 09:14:40 -0700
Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith said the team may relieve WR Harry Douglas of his punt return duties to avoid injury.
Tue, 17 Sep 2013 13:28:55 -0700
Atlanta Falcons RB Steven Jackson (thigh) was ruled out for the team's Week 3 game, according to head coach Mike Smith.
Fantasy Tip: With Jackson officially ruled out, Jacquizz Rodgers will likely see the bulk of the carries, and is worth an add, especially if you are looking for a replacement to Jackson for the short term.
Fri, 13 Sep 2013 12:58:17 -0700
Updating a previous report, Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith said WR Roddy White (ankle) would play in the team's Week 2 game.
While it is good news that White is expected to play, there is a very real possibility he could be used as a decoy much in the same way he was in Week 1. Check back Sunday for any updates, but if you have any healthy options, it may be wise to look in that direction until White can do more during the week.
Tue, 06 Aug 2013 11:39:02 -0700
Updating a previous report, Atlanta Falcons LB Sean Weatherspoon (finger) is expected to miss a couple weeks with a severely dislocated finger, according to head coach Mike Smith.
Tue, 06 Aug 2013 10:59:04 -0700
Atlanta Falcons LB Sean Weatherspoon (finger) is out indefinitely after severely dislocating a finger in practice Monday, Aug. 5, according to head coach Mike Smith.
Mon, 05 Aug 2013 18:07:19 -0700
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (undisclosed) was limited in practice Monday, Aug. 5. Head coach Mike Smith said Jones being limited was mostly precautionary and that the team was watching Jones workload closely.
Fantasy Tip: It does not appear like there is much to see here and this is just the team being overly cautious with their star wide receiver.
Mon, 14 Jan 2013 11:46:39 -0800
Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith praised the offense after their divisional round playoff win. Smith said he was pleased with the running game and balancing of the offense.
Mon, 14 Jan 2013 11:40:12 -0800
Atlanta Falcons DE John Abraham (ankle) re-tweaked his ankle in the team's divisional playoff game. Abraham is expected to return to practice by the end of the week, according to head coach Mike Smith.
Mon, 17 Dec 2012 11:24:33 -0800
Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith said he is expecting a league review of SS Chris Hope's unnecessary roughness penalty.
Mon, 19 Nov 2012 11:39:40 -0800
Atlanta Falcons WR Kevin Cone (groin), S Charles Mitchell (calf) and LB Sean Weatherspoon (ankle) all likely will return to the practice field this week, according to Falcons head coach Mike Smith.
Thu, 08 Nov 2012 12:42:08 -0800
Atlanta Falcons LB Sean Weatherspoon (ankle) has been ruled out of the team's Week 10 game, even though he is improving, according to head coach Mike Smith.
Mon, 05 Nov 2012 11:50:21 -0800
Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith said the team hopes to have LB Sean Weatherspoon (ankle) back on the practice field at some point this week.
Wed, 19 Sep 2012 07:53:10 -0700
The Atlanta Falcons have posted a 5-0 record on the West Coast under head coach Mike Smith.
Mon, 06 Aug 2012 06:59:16 -0700
Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith said the offense needs to be more versatile, which is why they will incorporate more passing in 2012. "I really think that in the National Football League, when you have to run the football, there's going to be times that it happens in the season, you're going to have to be able to do it," Smith said. "That's why we've got Michael Turner, but it is a spacing game now. And when we say a spacing game, it is about throwing the football and being able to move the ball through the air. You've got to have the weapons, so our identity is we want to be as explosive as we can, both running and throwing the football."
Thu, 12 Jul 2012 07:31:03 -0700
Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith knows that playoff success will ultimately define his tenure with the team. In four seasons under Smith, the Falcons are 43-21, but are 0-3 in the postseason. "I think ultimately we are both going to be judged on success in the postseason," Smith said. "There have been a lot of teams and a lot of players that have broken through and gotten that first win. That's why we are doing everything in our power to figure out how to get that done."
Tue, 10 Jan 2012 06:44:06 -0800
Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith said when evaluating a team you either are "getting better or you're going backwards." When asked if his team took a step back, Smith answered, "Well, obviously, I said we didn't get better so that would definitely be the case."
Mon, 09 Jan 2012 04:49:21 -0800
Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith said following the team's Wild Card playoff loss that changes could be coming. "We did not play our best game and we are going to, starting tomorrow, do everything in our power to rectify the 10-6 record from the regular season and the 0-1 record in the postseason," Smith said.
Mon, 19 Dec 2011 12:53:46 -0800
Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith (heart) underwent more tests Friday, Dec. 16, and it was determined that his heart health is fine. His exact condition is not known. "It will not be anything that affects how I coach the football team," Smith said. "I just want it to come to a conclusion. The testing and such that took place on Friday, we've got a way to deal it and we'll move forward with that."
Thu, 15 Dec 2011 06:05:13 -0800
Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith could undergo further physical testing this week after suffering some persistent chest-related discomfort. Smith is expected to coach in Week 15, and will likely undergo some precautionary tests as early as Friday, Dec. 16. Smith could be hospitalized for the testing, but that has not yet been confirmed.
Mon, 12 Dec 2011 10:52:24 -0800
Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith was released from the hospital Monday, Dec. 12, after being examined for a "non-emergency matter." No details about Smith's condition were released.
Sun, 11 Dec 2011 19:04:26 -0800
Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith was taken off the team's charter flight from Charlotte, and taken to the hospital due to chest pain. The team said he did not have a heart attack. He is expected to fly back to Atlanta late Sunday, Dec. 11.
Tue, 15 Nov 2011 07:32:23 -0800
Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith said Monday, Nov. 14, that he would once again call the same play on fourth down in overtime, as he did in Week 10, if faced with a similar situation in the future. "I don't really want to rehash it," Smith said. "I think I did a pretty good job last night talking about the reasoning behind it ... They stopped the play that we called. Unfortunately, we didn't execute it the way we wanted to and we didn't get the job done."
Fri, 02 Sep 2011 07:32:36 -0700
Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith said following the team's preseason finale that he is not concerned with their 0-4 record. "We have a saying that if they play, then it's worth winning. We talk to our guys all the time about that. We want to go out and win ball games. That's why you play them," Smith said. "But at the same time in the preseason, there are certain things at certain points in the preason that you have to look at and you want to get accomplished. That's sometimes overrides some of the other decisions that you would normally make in a ball game. To say am I disappointed, yeah I'm disappointed. To say that I'm concerned. No, I'm not concerned."
Thu, 03 Feb 2011 07:43:17 -0800
The Atlanta Falcons have signed head coach Mike Smith to a three-year contract extension, the team announced Thursday, Feb. 3. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Tue, 01 Feb 2011 08:16:45 -0800
Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith is reportedly expected to receive a contract extension this week, possibly by Wednesday, Feb. 2, or Thursday, Feb. 3, according to CBSSports.com.
Mon, 31 Jan 2011 07:07:20 -0800
The Atlanta Falcons will meet with head coach Mike Smith this week to discuss a multi-year contract extension, according to Jay Glazer, of FOXSports.com.
Mon, 17 Jan 2011 06:30:20 -0800
The Atlanta Falcons are not planning to make any coaching changes despite a blowout playoff loss to the Green Bay Packers, according to Adam Caplan, of FOXSports.com. "No, in fact we hope we can have continuity on our coaching staff," head coach Mike Smith said. "I think our coaching staff is one of the best (if) not the best in the NFL. I think that you want to have continuity with your players; you want to have continuity with your staff. I think our staff has done a great job this year preparing our team each and every week, even though there were a couple of games that we didn't play our best. I want to say this, the Green Bay Packers were the better team last night. That's how you've got to approach it each and every week because the dynamics change in this league from week to week."
Thu, 13 Jan 2011 11:11:29 -0800
Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith has been named the Sporting News Coach of the Year, according to Rick Klauer, of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Sat, 01 Jan 2011 10:48:05 -0800
The Atlanta Falcons are expected to sign head coach Mike Smith to a contract extension during the offseason, a source told D. Orlando Ledbetter, of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Mon, 30 Nov 2009 07:46:37 -0800
Ken Sugiura, of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, reports Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith said OT Sam Baker (undisclosed) was "banged up in a number of areas," and left the team's Week 12 game as a result. However, Baker said following the game he was pulled because of his performance.
Thu, 12 Nov 2009 09:05:24 -0800
Updating a previous report, Adam Schefter, of ESPN, reports the NFL has fined Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith $15,000 for his involvement in a sideline altercation in Week 9.
Thu, 12 Nov 2009 08:05:06 -0800
Adam Schefter, of ESPN, reports Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith is expected to be fined for his involvement in a sideline altercation in Week 9.
Mon, 09 Nov 2009 22:53:20 -0800
D. Orlando Ledbetter, of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, reports Atlanta Falcons WR Brian Finneran (knee) suffered an undisclosed knee injury during the team's Week 9 game. Head coach Mike Smith was not sure if Finneran re-injured his rebuilt right knee that kept him out of football for two seasons. Smith said he would know more Wednesday, Nov. 11.
Sun, 08 Nov 2009 21:40:50 -0800
D. Orlando Ledbetter, of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, reports Washington Redskins CB DeAngelo Hall was involved in a scuffle Week 9 with several players from the Atlanta Falcons, strength coach Jeff Fish and head coach Mike Smith. Hall said, "I ran over there to kind of pull my guy away. One of their strength and conditioning coaches put his hands on me and started grabbing me. Then it went to various other guys pulling at me and grabbing me." Hall added, "Later on, coach Smith, Mike came over and grabbed me, talking (stuff) to me. Saying he'll kick my (butt) and all this other (stuff)." Hall does not believe that Smith was coming over to break up the fight, and feels something needs to be done about Smith's actions. Hall is planning to call commissioner Roger Goodell to discuss the incident.
Thu, 27 Aug 2009 21:48:51 -0700
Chris Vivlamore, of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, reports Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith said the team's starters would play into the second half of the team's preseason game Saturday, Aug. 29.
Sat, 11 Apr 2009 02:40:18 -0700
Ed Thompson, of Scout.com, reports the Atlanta Falcons are among the teams who appear to have Wake Forest S Chip Vaughn high on their list of NFL Draft prospects. Vaughn worked out April 7 in front of a heavy-duty group of team representatives that included general manager Thomas Dimitroff, head coach Mike Smith and defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder.
Sat, 28 Mar 2009 12:26:10 -0700
D. Orlando Ledbetter, of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, reports Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith said LB Curtis Lofton will be given every opportunity to become an three-down player this season.