Jun 18, 2014; Flowery Branch, GA, USA; Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith (center) laughs with running back Steven Jackson (39) and wide receiver Roddy White (84) during Minicamp at Falcons Training Complex. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

When will Mike Smith be on the hot seat?


 

Jun 18, 2014; Flowery Branch, GA, USA; Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith (center) laughs with running back Steven Jackson (39) and wide receiver Roddy White (84) during Minicamp at Falcons Training Complex. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Jun 18, 2014; Flowery Branch, GA, USA; Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith (center) laughs with running back Steven Jackson (39) and wide receiver Roddy White (84) during Minicamp at Falcons Training Complex. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

We all love Mike Smith.

He’s the Atlanta Falcons’ winningest coach, with a mere 60 wins. Five of his six seasons have been winning seasons, which includes the Falcons first back-to-back winning seasons, which is a rather mind blowing accomplishment for a team that’s been around since 1966. Smith will also have the record, for at least the next six years, for the first five-year winning streak in the program’s history. But last year’s 4-12 injury-marred debacle has many of the Dirty Bird faithful wondering how much allowance Smith has for a second sub-par season. What is Arthur Blank’s breaking point?

My hope? Mike Smith is the Falcons coach for a long time into the future. Last year was an aberration, thanks to injuries and just plain bad bounces. There is no reason to think this year will mirror last season. And Smith has shown himself to be a heckuva CEO, alongside GM Thomas Dimitroff. Savvy moves and smart adjustments are the mark of a good coach, and I am confident Smith will right the ship this year. It’s a tough slog — a loaded division and a team that still has some questions. But I think Smith is the right choice to answer those questions and continue to make the Falcons a franchise that expects to win every Sunday. Let’s hope another 4-12 season doesn’t make us have to revisit that.

How many losses will put Mike Smith on the hot seat this year?

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