Falcons GM: Mike Smith won't be fired

Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff once again came to coach Mike Smith's defense. Dimitroff said Smith, in the midst of a 2-7 season, will not be asked to leave at the conclusion of the 2013 season.

“Mike Smith is a hell of a football coach; he’s the leader of this team,” Dimitroff said, via ESPN.com. “Mike’s going nowhere.”

If the Falcons finish with a losing record, which all signs are pointing toward, then it would be the first time under Smith this happens. He's had a winning record in each of his first five seasons, including trips to the postseason four times.

The Falcons reached the NFC Championship a year ago.

Dimitroff felt the need to comment on the matter due to a CBSSports.com report that suggested Monday Night Football analyst Jon Gruden could return to the coaching ranks if jobs with the Falcons and the Raiders opened.

Dimitroff called any speculation of a coaching change "agitating."

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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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