A poor NFL season for the Atlanta Falcons and head coach Mike Smith brought about a new contract today for the head coach, with his work previously to 2013 taken in to consideration.
The Falcons were shocking in 2013 as they slumped to a 4-12 record, a year after they hosted the NFC Championship Game.
Atlanta owner Arthur Blank has decided to keep the faith with Smith and staff around him as they prepare for the 2014 season.
As well as Smith, Club President & CEO Rich McKay and GM Thomas Dimitroff have been given new deals.
McKay signed a four-year extension, whilst Dimitroff and Smith signed on for an extra year.
In a team statement, owner Blank said, "We are fortunate to have talented key leaders at the Falcons who are dedicated to a common goal of being a league leader on and off the field. I have great respect for the skills and commitment of Rich, Thomas and Smithy, and I look forward to continuing to support and work with them in the years to come.”
Both Smith & Dimitroff are entering their seventh season with the Falcons, with a six-year regular season record of 60-36 – tied for the sixth highest winning percentage in the league over the same period of time.
All concerned will be looking for a massive improvement from the Falcons next season.