The Atlanta Falcons have lost six of their last eight games, and just a few weeks after they held first place in the NFC South, they fell to the Arizona Cardinals, who may be the NFL’s worst team, 25-23, on Sunday.
However, perhaps the team will stay the course in at least one way.
Per JPAFootball, Jeff Schultz reported that Atlanta head coach Arthur Smith is expected to remain as their head coach next season, unless something catastrophic happens.
“The only way Smith isn’t back as the team’s coach in 2024 is if there’s evidence players are tuning him out, or the… pic.twitter.com/WZyX11lnL6
— JPAFootball (@jasrifootball) November 14, 2023
Smith is in his third season at the helm of the team after spending several years on the Tennessee Titans’ coaching staff in multiple capacities.
He has had to deal with substandard quarterback play from both Desmond Ridder and Taylor Heinicke, but he does have some intriguing pieces to build around on offense.
Rookie running back Bijan Robinson had 95 rushing yards and a touchdown on Sunday, and he seems to have star potential written all over him, and second-year wide receiver Drake London has 474 yards and two touchdowns through nine games.
However, Atlanta’s air game struggled against Arizona, as they mustered just 70 net passing yards.
With a 4-6 record, their chances of making the playoffs seem to be waning, and after their bye this week, they will have an important divisional battle on November 26 versus the New Orleans Saints.
The Falcons haven’t made the playoffs since the 2017 season, and they haven’t finished first in the NFC South since 2016, when they reached the Super Bowl only to blow a 25-point lead there and lose to the New England Patriots.