Mike Smith who was born on June 13, 1959 in Chicago, Illinois. He is the Head Coach for the Atlanta Falcons and has been coaching college since1982 in the NFL since 1999.
10 interesting facts about Atlanta Falcons Head Coach Mike Smith
Mike Smith was raised in Daytona, Florida. He played linebacker at father Lopes High School where he was named All-State. He played for East Tennessee State University where he was awarded the defensive MVP twice.
Mike Smith played linebacker for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in the Canadian Football League in 1982 and retired from football after that season to pursue coaching.
Mike Smith stared coaching college in 1982. He coached for San Diego State from 1982 to 1985 rising to linebacker coach. In 1986 he spent the year at Morehead Sate as a defensive line coach. In 1987, he was hired by Tennessee Tech to be their Defensive line coach. From 1988 to 1995, he was their Special Teams coach. In 1996, he was promoted to be the defensive coordinator and spent his last two years there before making the move to the NFL.
Mike Smith’s first job in the NFL was in 1999 as a defensive assistant and assistant defensive line coach under defensive line coach Rex Ryan where he spent the next three years.
Mike Smith in 2002 was promoted to linebacker coach and put in charge of Ray Lewis, Jamie Sharper, Adalius Thomas and Peter Boulware and contributed to the Baltimore Ravens winning Super Bowl XXXV.
Mike Smith followed Jack Del Rio to the Jacksonville Jaguars becoming their defensive coordinator after Coach Tom Coughlin was fired after the 2002 season. The Jaguars finished the 2003 season under rookie defensive coordinator Mike Smith as the 6th best overall defense and 2nd against the rush. The 2004 season built on the 2003 season with the Jaguars narrowly missing the playoffs but finishing the season 9-7, the first winning season in five years. The 2005 season finished with them in the playoffs losing to the New England Patriots in the Wild-Card game.
Mike Smith was named the Head Coach of the Atlanta Falcons. In his first year, Smith was named the 2008 NFL Coach of the Year and Associated Press Coach of the year after finishing the 2008 season 11-5 and losing to the Arizona Cardinals in the Wild-Card game.
Mike Smith through his 6 seasons with the Atlanta Falcons has a cumulative record of 60-36 with a playoff record of 1-4. He led the Falcons to two Wild-Card games, one NFC Divisional game and one NFC Championship game.
Mike Smith is the brother-in-law of Bill Billick marrying his sister Julie which they have one daughter named Logan.
Mike Smith was named the head coach of the North Team in the 2014 Senior Bowl despite the Falcons finishing 4-12 after a disaster of a year. Mike Smith was also named the 2012 Coach of the Year by the Sporting News by his peers in the NFL after surpassing former Falcons coach Steve Reeves franchise win record.
Sources:Atlanta Falcons Team Page, NFL, ESPN NFL, David Russell Enterprises, Octagon Speakers, CMT Artists
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