The Atlanta Falcons continued to look ahead toward the immediate future Monday by announcing contract extensions for head coach Mike Smith, vice president Rich McKay and general manager Thomas Dimitroff.http://espn.go.com/espn/print?id=10360200&type=story
Mike Smith posted a 4-12 record this season after coaching Atlanta to the playoffs in four of the previous five years.
McKay received a four-year extension through 2019, while both Smith and Dimitroff received one-year extensions.
"We are fortunate to have talented key leaders at the Falcons who are dedicated to a common goal of being a league leader on and off the field," Falcons owner Arthur Blank said in a statement released by the team. "I have great respect for the skills and commitment of Rich, Thomas and Smitty, and I look forward to continuing to support and work with them in the years to come."
There was talk of McKay possibly returning to Tampa Bay after the Buccaneers made wholesale changes to their front office. Instead, Blank locked up McKay for years to come.
Dimitroff recently enhanced his personnel department by adding his former boss in New England, Scott Pioli, as assistant general manager. Dimitroff expressed confidence in having a strong front office with himself, Pioli, and director of player personnel Lionel Vital leading the way.
Both Blank and Dimitroff expressed support for Smith through the Falcons' dismal 4-12 season. It was Smith's first losing season since taking over the team in 2008.
Smith previously had signed a three-year contract extension in February 2011 with one year remaining on his original four-year deal. Smith was making $2.2 million per year prior to the initial extension.
The 54-year-old Smith is 60-36 in six years with the Falcons, who have reached the playoffs four times over that stretch.