The Atlanta Falcons have fired head coach Arthur Smith after a third-consecutive 7-10 season. The News came out late Sunday night after another embarrassing loss to the New Orleans Saints.
Falcons owner Arthur Blank said via the clubs’ website: “Decisions like this are never easy and they never feel good,” said Blank. “We have profound respect for Coach Smith and appreciate all the hard work and dedication he has put into the Falcons over the last three years. He has been part of building a good culture in our football team, but the results on the field have not met our expectations. After significant thought and reflection, we have determined the best way forward for our team is new leadership in the head coaching position.”
Smith was hired in 2021 and took over a Falcons’ team that was old and cash strapped. The Falcons’ overachieved during his first two season with 7-10 records, but expectations were different in 2023 with an influx of free agent money and thee-consecutive top-10 draft picks.
Ironically Smith’s first decision, along with Terry Fontenot, to bypass the quarterback position in 2021 may have ultimately doomed him. By not investing anything more than a third-round pick into the spot in three seasons, the Falcons’ quarterback play was atrocious in the 7-10 season against arguably the easiest schedule in Falcons’ history.
Some names to watch for the Atlanta Falcons as they begin the search for a replacement for Arthur Smith include Detroit Lions’ offensive coordinator Ben Johnson, Houston Texans offensive coordinator Bobby Slowik, Washington Commanders offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy and possibly even New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick.