As a fan, I realize that the last two seasons have been rough one’s and certainly not what you expect from the organization that you believe in. I know that many fans are piling on and asking to clean house and remove Coach Smith as the head coach. I wanted however to write and share some other thoughts not only as a fan but someone who has had the blessing to be around the team consistently since 2008 as a visiting chaplain:
- Coach Smith is a good man. A man who loves his players, respects his organization and loves this city. He treats the players with respect and dignity.
- He treats the players like men…not college kids. He handles himself on & off the field with class and has spent more seasons winning in ATL than any other coach in the organization’s history.
- He is a steadying hand. The players love this man and for the organization to continue to build – a steadying force at the helm is huge. As a life-long Falcon fan – I still remember Leeman Bennett being let go and it took years to get back to where he had the team.
- There are lot’s of coaches with great schemes of x’s & o’s but to find someone who leads as well as coaches is a rare find.
- It would be easy for him to be defending himself in the media and talking about the injuries and draft picks that did not pan out. However, he is a leader and he does not do that. He takes responsibility and shelters the team & others.
- He is a man who holds his faith to be important and uses it to guide his journey and life.
- He has helped build a culture of excellence that you can feel when you walk in the team hotel or training camp
- He is a man that I would jump in line to follow any day and I believe the players feel exactly the same way.
I don’t know what the future holds for Coach Smith but I hoping that he is at the helm of the team next season. I believe that great days are still ahead and with the right pieces in the right spots we will look back a year from now and be thankful for his steady hand leading the way!!!