Falcons Announce M. Smith Hiring

The Atlanta Falcons completed a contract with Mike Smith, formerly the defensive coordinator of the Jacksonville Jaguars, and announced his hiring as their head coach tonight.

"Mike possesses all of the key qualities we were looking for in a head coach," Falcons General Manager Tom Dimitroff said in a written statement released by the team. "Among them, he has strong experience with winning teams; a track record of success; a solid, smart approach to the game; and high character and integrity. I'm sure our players and staff will quickly gain loyalty and respect for Mike, and I'm personally looking forward to working with him."

By Mark Maske |  January 23, 2008; 10:12 PM ET  | Category:  Falcons
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