Mike Smith says he will not change how he coaches Falcons

Atlanta Falcons coach Mike Smith said he felt much better after the team’s brief walk-through Monday night than he did the night before when he had a brief stay in a Charlotte, N.C., hospital after experiencing chest pains.

Smith didn’t return to Atlanta until 3 a.m. Monday but was in the office 12 hours later for meetings and preparation for Thursday’s game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at the Georgia Dome.

The 52-year-old Smith underwent health tests and he did not suffer a heart attack. According to D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the coach pledged to make some lifestyle changes but he isn’t going to alter how he runs the team.

I’m going to have to evaluate some of the things that I do, but not coaching this team,” Smith said. “In terms of how we coach this team, we’re going to keep doing it the way we’ve always done it simply because it’s the only way I know how to do it.”

Like a lot of coaches, Smith will spend the night at the team facility on occasion.

“It’s a commitment that every person that’s involved in this league, whether you’re a head coach, whether you’re a player, whether you’re support staff, it takes a commitment of a lot of hours,” he said. “There’s no 9-to-5 jobs in this organization or any organization in the NFL. So, it’s a long season. It’s a long year. Everybody in the organization is committed to winning and doing the best that we can. I don’t think you have to police it."

The Falcons are 41-20 under Smith and in the mix for an NFC wild-card berth.

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