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NFL’s Falcons Sign Coach Mike Smith to New Three-Year Contract

Feb. 3 (Bloomberg) -- The Atlanta Falcons signed coach Mike Smith to a new three-year contract after he guided the National Football League team to its first division title in six years.

In his third season with the team, Smith led the Falcons to a 13-3 record and a division title before losing to the Green Bay Packers 48-21 in the second round of the playoffs.

Financial terms of the contract weren’t disclosed in a statement by the team.

“When we hired Mike Smith, we believed we had found the total package: a head coach with strong leadership skills and experience and the track record to back it up, and a man of high character and integrity,” Falcons Owner Arthur Blank said. “In his three seasons with us, Coach Smith has demonstrated all of these characteristics, and then some.”

Under Smith, the Falcons have compiled a 33-15 record, the best three-year coaching mark in team history.

The Falcons were the only team in the NFL this season to rank in the top five in both scoring offense (25.9 points per game) and scoring defense (18.0 points per game), earning Smith NFL Coach of the Year honors by the Sporting News.

To contact the reporter on this story: Michael Buteau in Atlanta at mbuteau@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at msillup@bloomberg.net

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