Thursday, January 24, 2008 Roundup Falcons find their coach Smith, the defensive coordinator with the Jaguars, is set to be announced today. Detroit News wire services
ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Falcons hired Jacksonville defensive coordinator Mike Smith as their new head coach Wednesday night.
"Mike possesses all of the key qualities we were looking for in a head coach," said general manager Thomas Dimitroff, in his first month on the job.
Dimitroff said Smith, 48 and a 26-year NFL coaching veteran, "has strong experience with winning teams, a track record of success, a solid, smart approach to the game, and high character and integrity."
Smith, the Jaguars' defensive coordinator since 2003, has never been an NFL head coach.
Smith will be Atlanta's sixth coach since December 2003.
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