The Atlanta Falcons didn’t simply reach 7-0, at minimum maintain their division lead, and demolish a conference foe on the road. They also delivered the 50th win for Mike Smith as head coach of the Atlanta Falcons.
Smith has been the Falcons head coach since 2008. He tied former Falcons great Dan Reeves at 49 career victories two weeks ago with a victory over the Oakland Raiders. With the win today over the Philadelphia Eagles, it gave Smith the milestone career mark.
It says a lot about the stability and work ethic that Smith has brought to this team that they are experiencing unprecedented success. Just the season before Smith came to Atlanta, Michael Vick, the quarterback that the Falcons faced today, was being shipped off to jail. Their head coach quit on the team in the middle of the season without even meeting with the team face to face. The Falcons were expected to be the laughing stock on the NFL for a couple seasons at least.
Smith guided the Falcons to the postseason in his first season. In four seasons he has been to the playoffs three times, and right now the Falcons are looking absolutely fantastic. Quite different from a team that was in a tailspin in 2007.
The main point is that Smith is a terrific head coach as noted by his 50-21 record in his current role. Great milestone for him, and even better as it means success for this Falcons franchise.