Smith fits bill for Falcons (1 Viewer)

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Jeff Schultz / Atlanta Journal-Constitution

By Jeff Schultz | Wednesday, January 23, 2008, 08:01 PM

If there is any absolute about the Falcons’ hiring of Mike Smith as their new coach, it is this: If you phone the ticket office today, you’ll have no problem getting through.

They did not go for buzz. They did not go for somebody to schmooze old corporate sponsors or wow the young and hip. They did not hire a guy simply because of the way he will sound on radio or the way he will look at a news conference. Smith is 48 but he has white hair. In that sense, he’s already ahead of the Falcons’ coaching curve.

But regardless of whether Mike Smith turns out to be a great find or a huge mistake, the Falcons and general manager Thomas Dimitroff made this decision for the right reason: He is a football coach, not a carnival act. He is straightforward, X’s and O’s, respected by players, admired by peers. Full Story – Journal-Constitution

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