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Falcons Fire Head Coach Arthur Smith After Third-Straight Losing Season



The Atlanta Falcons fired head coach Arthur Smith late Sunday night, hours after the team ended its third-straight losing season with a 48–17 loss at New Orleans.
Smith, son of FedEx founder Fred Smith and a first-time NFL head coach, led the team for three seasons, and fell short of his mandate to rebuild the franchise and return to the playoffs for the first time since 2017.
The Falcons finished 7-10 in each of Smith’s three seasons, and he leaves Atlanta with an overall record of 21–30.
Decisions like this are never easy and they never feel good, Falcons owner and Chairman Arthur Blank said in a statement. We have profound respect for Coach Smith and appreciate all the hard work and dedication he has put into the Falcons over the last three years. He has been part of building a good culture in our football team, but the results on the field have not met our expectations.
Before joining the Falcons, Smith, 41, spent a decade with the Tennessee Titans, rising to become offensive coordinator.
The Falcons, which joined the NFL in 1966, have never won a Super Bowl. Blank, 81, has owned the team for more than two decades, and has gone through five head coaches so far.
Blank and Falcons CEO Rich McKay will begin the search for a new coach immediately, with input from Falcons General Manager Terry Fontenot.
TMX contributed to this article.