The week for Arthur Smith and the Atlanta Falcons couldn’t have gone much worse after an embarrassing loss to the Carolina Panthers.
But it did.
According to a report from Ian Rapoport, the NFL fined Smith and the Falcons $25,000 and $75,000 respectively for violating the NFL’s Injury Report Policy.
“Source: The Falcons have been fined $75,000 and head coach Arthur Smith $25,000 for violating the NFL Injury Report Policy prior to the club’s Week 7 game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers,” reported Ian Rapoport on Twitter.
For those of us with short memories, Bijan Robinson received one carry for three yards in the win against Tampa Bay. Robinson didn’t appear on any injury reports leading up to the game. Smith said Robinson wasn’t feeling well, but the more he talked, the stranger it sounded.
By mid-week when news of the inquiry into how the Falcons handled the injury report, Smith was defiant and dismissive.
Robinson for his part, kept quiet when asked about his status for the game, and left no doubt he was fine for the next week against the Titans.
While the Atlanta Falcons still have a shot at the playoffs at 6-8, the feeling that Smith doesn’t have control of this team is growing. He’s yo-yo’d quarterbacks… again. His offense has floundered all season. His team has massively underachieved against a historically easy schedule.
Now the NFL has disciplined him and the Atlanta Falcons for being dishonest.
Owner Arthur Blank is loyal to a fault, but even his loyalty and patience have to be wearing thin.
There aren’t many good arguments left why Arthur Smith should be the head coach of the Atlanta Falcons.