3 Coaching adjustments the Atlanta Falcons must make in week two
By Nick Halden
3. Own your mistakes
What made Arthur Smith’s late coaching decisions all the more upsetting was the way the head coach handled his press conference after the game. Smith was combative and snappy with the media after the game will little provocation. Certainly nothing close to what the coach deserved considering the unforgivable nature of the loss.
This attitude only works if wins follow and the head coach hasn’t won or proven anything yet in this league as a head coach. If Smith spared the media the coach speak no one would have been upset, however, faulting the media for burying the team early in the summer after a collapse is very odd reasoning.
Smith just made decisions that helped prove much of the media correct in week one on the Falcons and yet wants to be combative. The reasoning makes zero sense Smith can take this attitude after his team wins a game but faulting the media for doubting Atlanta and continuing to doubt the team after yet another collapse is questionable at best.
Win or lose Smith needs to own his decision-making if it results in a win and he wants to call out the media that is well within his right. However, calling the media out for being right in week one is hardly the response you want from your franchise leader.