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With the Atlanta Falcons’ struggles this season, many have speculated that changes could be coming, most notably in the coaching staff.

According to Atlanta GM Thomas Dimitroff, however, head coach Mike Smith’s job is safe.

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

The general rule to follow when considering all coaching changes is never to make a move, unless organizations are certain that they can hire someone they would consider an upgrade over their current coach.

Smith has proven that he is a decent coach in the NFL.

The Falcons (2-7) are struggling this season, but have been hindered significantly by injuries to their top skill-position players: WRs Julio Jones, Roddy White and RB Steven Jackson.

The result is that QB Matt Ryan has struggled.

Yes, this season has been a complete disappointment…

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