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Mike Smith is the new Atlanta Falcons head coach

Jacksonville Jaguars defensive coordinator Mike Smith is the new head coach of the Atlanta Falcons.

Mike Smith is the new Atlanta Falcons head coach The Atlanta Falcons hired the Jacksonville Jaguars defensive coordinator Mike Smith as the new team's head coach on Wednesday night. The Falcons have not officially disclosed the details of the deal reached late Wednesday, but according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, it will be a four-year contract worth between $8 and $10 million. Mike Smith was selected among many other candidates, after former head coach Bobby Petrino left the Falcons high and dry with three games left in the regular season. According to the Atlanta Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff, Mike Smith possesses all the abilities the football team is looking for and will be the perfect fit to lead the franchise into a better future.

 Although Mike Smith has not been a head coach during his carrier, he has spent nine years in the league, the last five seasons as the Jacksonville Jaguars defensive coordinator, and the three season prior to Jacksonville Smith was the Baltimore Ravens' defensive line coach.

 Published on 01/24/2008

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