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Old 12-09-2014, 10:53 AM
Location: ATLANTA
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Mike Smith's Fate is "Sealed": Arthur Blank a Fan of Rex Ryan, Dimitroff May Be Fired - The Falcoholic

e New York Daily News has a rich treasure trove of Falcons news nuggets. Manish Mehta has comments from sources about the future of the Falcons' coaching staff. The article is worth it just for the photoshopped Rex Ryan (spoiler: sources like Rex Ryan's chances in Atlanta).

OK, here is the photo.

So this is happening this morning. pic.twitter.com/JRYzse9dbI

— Matt (@FalconsM5) December 7, 2014
What is the biggest news from this article? Here are some of my favorite quotes.

On current head coach Mike Smith:

The feeling is that Blank will make a coaching change after the season, even though the 5-7 Falcons could win the weak NFC South.

"I think Smitty’s fate is sealed," the source said of Smith.

This report echoes another report from not even a month ago suggesting Smith is on his way out and owner Arthur Blank is eyeing a big name coach. Getting to seven wins and putting up another embarrassing playoff loss is not enough for Smith to stay in Atlanta.

On Blank's thoughts of current Jets head coach Rex Ryan:

"Arthur wants a tougher team," a source familiar with Blank’s thinking told the Daily News. "He wants guys that have an edge to them." Blank, a native of Queens, is a Ryan fan.

The owner came away with a favorable impression of the then-Ravens defensive coordinator during the head coaching interview process in 2008. Two sources believed that Ryan had the inside track at the time thanks to a solid first interview with Blank and team president Rich McKay before general manager Thomas Dimitroff was hired.

Won't Dimitroff hit the brakes on this "Hire Ryan" 12-speed?

This article, in line with previous reports, suggest Dimitroff is no guarantee to be back in 2015.

It’s unclear whether Dimitroff will be retained, but signs point to Blank making the call on the coaching hire.

"I believe Arthur will hire the next coach, not Thomas," the source said. "That’s if he even keeps Thomas."

But why not hire Ryan as a defensive coordinator?

Ryan is expected to draw interest from some of the six or more teams likely to have head coaching vacancies after the season. He will opt for a television job over another defensive coordinator position, according to people close to him.

Smith being sent packing with his sandals is no surprise. The team is struggling for the 2nd year and the staff seems content with trying the same thing week in, week out.

Dimitroff may need a stroke of luck to keep his job. The man who has gone into hiding since Atlanta's early struggles in 2013 may be Atlanta's General Manager in 2015 only if the new coaching staff agrees. If the new coach is Rex Ryan, do not be surprised if he tries bringing in someone he knows and trusts after dealing with poor General Managers for his entire time in New York.

Rex Ryan is a bit more surprising. He is a name commonly tossed around as a potential Mike Smith replacement, and fits the bill as a big name who can give the team some attitude. At the same time, Ryan has has consistently struggled with his team's offense.

Lastly, the article probably needs to be read under the belief that Rex Ryan, or his agent, is the source for a good deal of this information. Blame is placed on the Jets poor roster and interest is being drummed up in Ryan under a month before teams will begin to hire new head coaches.

Next, Atlanta is likely Ryan's first choice in a head coaching spot. The team has filled a number of important positions: franchise quarterback, elite wide receiver, building block left tackle, and some young defensive talent to work with. The team is willing to spend money, there will be opening a new stadium in a few years, and previous coaching staffs have gotten ample time to turn around the franchise.

I do not doubt that Ryan is one of the names being bumped around Blank's head, but I am less confident he is the team's top choice.
Looks like he getting fired afterall....
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Old 12-09-2014, 12:45 PM
Location: O4W
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Old 12-09-2014, 01:02 PM
Location: 98004 / 30327
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I'm glad a shakeup is happening but isn't Rex Ryan leading the Jets to a 2-14 season this year?
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Old 12-09-2014, 01:06 PM
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Rex Ryan ?. lmao they must be going to keep the OC and make Rex the HC because he is defensive minded
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Old 12-09-2014, 01:09 PM
Location: Nashville TN
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Rex Ryan lol.. what is he thinking LMAO lol.. the Atlanta Falcons owner is the new Al Davis.
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Old 12-09-2014, 01:29 PM
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I would rather have Smith over Ryan. The team has not quit on him, and has been competitive all year despite injuries, and not having the personnel on defense. The team needs a new GM, and if that GM can work with Smith, he should stay.
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Old 12-09-2014, 03:33 PM
Location: ATL -> HOU
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Rex Ryan? That's like Nebraska dumping Pelini for Riley. If you're gonna fire a coach, make sure you can get a coach that was better than the previous. Smith and Dimitiroff, took the Falcons where they had never been before, back to back winning seasons but also being actual contenders for multiple years. Matt Ryan has been a big part of that. I'm afraid that we're already headed back to our old ways of losing records every other year.
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Old 12-10-2014, 07:46 AM
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Well the Same can be said about Andy Reid Who Philadelphia Got rid of Then he went to Kansas City and Turned that franchise around. Could Rex Ryan do the same for the falcons?
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Old 12-10-2014, 04:46 PM
Location: Marietta, GA
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Rex and Rob Ryan are jokes. Let's hope they stay far away from the Falcons.

I'm at a loss for why Mike Smith just lost it this year. His clock management and poor coaching has led directly to at least two losses. When you look back at 2008-2012, when the Falcons were winning and routinely a high seed, it's hard to figure out why the drafting and coaching has turned so poor over the last two years. Injuries happen, but good teams overcome and move forward.

My Patriots are a great example of the difference coaching and front office moves can make...they lost starters and key contributors last year and went to the AFC Championship with a gutted shell of a defense, and this year they lost key starters on both offense and defense and are headed for the AFC #1 seed. Both last year and this year, key mid season trades have helped.
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Old 12-10-2014, 05:41 PM
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Rex Ryan is a great coach. He's in the same situation as mike smith. His gm is horrible. With our offense, Rex would be able to focus on rebuilding the defense. I think he would be a great hire.
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