Falcons owner and chairman Arthur Blank spoke to the media briefly outside the locker room shortly after the 41-28 loss to Tampa Bay, the Falcons’ third straight to move the team to 2-8 on the year. He took a moment to emphatically state his support of head coach Mike Smith, his staff and general manager Thomas Dimitroff.
“I do, yeah,” Blank said when asked if he had confidence in his team leaders, “and they’ve earned it in the last five years. This is a tough business. We’ve had a lot of injuries and there have been a lot of other issues on top of the injuries, and that’s pretty obvious, but these guys are proven leaders and proven by success and proven by their records. They speak for themselves.
“They’ll do the work that has to be done with my full support.”