December 2014 - Atlanta Falcons Wiretap

Rex Ryan To Interview With Falcons, 49ers

Dec 30, 2014 8:39 PM

Rex Ryan will interview with both the Atlanta Falcons and San Francisco 49ers next week.

Ryan was fired by the New York Jets after Week 17.

The Falcons fired Mike Smith, while the 49ers and Jim Harbaugh parted ways. The Falcons and 49ers played each other in the NFC Championship in the 2012 season.

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49ers, Falcons Request Permission To Interview Josh McDaniels

Dec 30, 2014 11:26 AM

New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels is among the candidates for the head coaching jobs of the San Francisco 49ers and Atlanta Falcons, with both teams asking for permission to interview McDaniels, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter and other media reports.

Per NFL rules, McDaniels could talk to other teams this week, while the Patriots are on a bye. 


McDaniels was previously head coach of the Denver Broncos.


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Falcons Fire Head Coach Mike Smith

Dec 29, 2014 9:52 AM

Coach Mike Smith was fired by the Falcons, the team announced Monday morning.

Smith's firing did not come as a surprise, as multiple media outlets have reported on owner Arthur Blank's frustration with the Falcons' shortcomings over the last two seasons.

"Smitty's contributions to our club, team and city over the last seven years are numerous," Blank said in a release.

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Mike Smith 'Held Responsible' In Atlanta

Dec 29, 2014 12:30 AM

Falcons head coach Mike Smith, who appears destined to be fired following a 6-10 season, said there were plenty of mistakes he made throughout the season.

The Falcons failed to make the playoffs the last two seasons. Smith posted a 10-22 over that time span.

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Falcons Hire Search Firm In Case Mike Smith Fired

Dec 28, 2014 11:04 AM

The Atlanta Falcons have hired search firm Korn Ferry to identify head coaching candidates if the team fires Mike Smith.

Smith was hired in 2008 after serving as defensive coordinator of the Jackonsville Jaguars.

Smith was asked Monday if the regular-season finale could decide his future.

"I know that that's a subject that everybody wants to talk about and I said, I don't know four or five weeks ago -- I hope this is the last time that I have to answer it -- I'm going to prepare just like I've done for the seven years that I've been here," Smith said. "My focus is on winning football games and winning the next football game. And I'm going to continue to do that until Arthur Blank tells me differently."

During his first five seasons at the helm from 2008-12, Smith compiled a 56-24 regular-season record, which was the second-best mark over that time period. 


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Julio Jones To Play Week 16

Dec 21, 2014 11:19 AM

Julio Jones will play in Week 16 through his oblique injury.

The Atlanta Falcons will meet the New Orleans Saints in a key NFC South game

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