Time to Clean House
For anyone holding out hope that this team could make a “run” in the playoffs and possibly even save jobs: today was your answer. This was one of the worst performances in Mike Smith and Thomas Dimitroff’s entire 7 year career. Given the circumstances, it’s hard to find many games worse than today’s 34-3 blowout since they could have won the division and headed to the playoffs while playing at home.
If there was any doubt on whether Mike Smith would or wouldn’t be fired, this was the true death knell for Smith. Some still will claim that he got the short end of the stick, was plagued by injuries, and never had the players to be successful. While the front office did an equally poor job the last two years, anyone saying that Smith hasn’t had plenty of control over his own destiny simply hasn’t been paying attention.
Really, the only question now turns to whether or not Dimitroff is spared. There have been various reports on Dimitroff’s job security. One of the most recent ones said that if the Falcons lost today, that a pure house cleaning was in order. If Dimitroff weren’t so arrogant, than he probably earned himself another chance based purely on paper. However, the fact that his personality and ego are so big dramatically limits who would want to come in and work for someone who needs to be seen, in control, and famous.
Another great point thinking about keeping Dimitroff would be the fact that if Diimitroff continues his crappy trend, than there’s yet another change that needs to made (in two years maybe) and another two years gone from key members of the franchise. Many have long said that Smith and Dimitroff are inextricably linked (Big Ray said it a long, long time ago) and it just has that feeling moreso than ever after the latest debacle. In short, it’s time to clean house from top to bottom and start over.
Some are upset about how it all played out with Blank possibly leaking the fact that they’ve already hired a search firm. And if he did that on purpose, than it was a crappy thing to do. If you had always wanted and intended to get rid of Smith, than he should have cut ties after London. However, breakups and firings are always messy and it’s preposterous to think that these events can occur with flowers and roses.
Mike Smith was a very good coach for our Atlanta Falcons and deserves a ton of praise and credit for what he’s done for our franchise. There will be plenty of time to reminisce in the off-season. But the simple fact remains that he reached his limit as a head coach a long time ago. How many fans really expected him to rebound from being up 17-0 at home in the NFC Championship game and not only losing that game, but the best possible chance to hoist Lombardi. Ironically, the two biggest problem areas over the last 7 years (offensive line and pass rush) culminated in a crescendo of total crap.
Thanks to Smith (and Dimitroff) for all he (or they) have done for our franchise. But the time has come to move on……….
Here’s to brighter days ahead!!!!