Falcons GM Dimitroff says Mike Smith is safe

The Atlanta Falcons are 2-7, but coach Mike Smith is safe.

The Falcons have no intentions of changing coaches following a CBS report attaching Jone Gruden's name to the job, according to Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff.

"Mike Smith is a hell of a football coach; he's the leader of this team," Dimitroff told ESPN. "Mike's going nowhere."

Smith was 56-24 heading into this season and is a former Associated Press Coach of the Year. He was signed to a three-year contract extension in 2011.

"Any time there's insinuation toward an organization that we believe in, it's agitating, sure," Dimitroff said.

In fairness, the Falcons did lose star wide receiver Julio Jones for the season.

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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun

Aaron Wilson
Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post, his second stint at the Post. He has previously written for Pro Football Talk and FOX Sports-Scout. Entering his 13th year covering the Baltimore Ravens, he's a beat writer for The Baltimore Sun. Wilson has also covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans.

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