Falcons reward coach Smith

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ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Falcons have rewarded head coach Mike Smith with a three-year contract extension.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Smith has been at the helm of the most-successful three-year run in the franchise's history, having guided the Falcons to a regular-season record of 33-15.

Before Smith took over for the 2008 campaign, the Falcons had never posted back-to-back winning seasons since joining the NFL in 1966. The club has had three straight winning seasons under Smith, including a pair of trips to the playoffs.

"When we hired Mike Smith in 2008, we believed we had found the total package: a head coach with strong leadership skills and experience and the track record to back it up, and a man of high character and integrity," said Falcons owner & CEO Arthur Blank in a statement. "In his three seasons with us, Coach Smith has demonstrated all of these characteristics, and then some.

"We are pleased to extend Smitty's contract, and we are very proud of the way he represents the Falcons through his coaching of our players, in supporting our club's business goals, and through his caring for our fans and the community."

The Falcons were 13-3 this past season, winning the NFC South and claiming the top seed in the conference playoffs. However, they dropped a 48-21 decision to the eventual NFC champion Green Bay Packers in the divisional round.

Smith's playoff record is now 0-2, as the Falcons lost to Arizona in the wild card round of the 2008 playoffs after an 11-5 season. Atlanta went 9-7 and failed to reach the playoffs in 2009.

"I am looking forward to continuing to build upon the solid foundation we have in place within our organization and on our football team," said Smith in the team's statement. "We are going to continue to work as hard as we can to bring a championship to Falcons fans and to the city of Atlanta."

Smith, who had just finished the third year of a four-year contract, had been the defensive coordinator for the Jacksonville Jaguars for five years before taking the Falcons job. He was also an assistant coach with Baltimore for four years and a long-time coach on the collegiate level.


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