Wednesday, January 11, 2012
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Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith talks to his players after giving up a touchdown to New York Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks during the second half of an NFL wild card playoff football game Sunday, Jan. 8, 2012, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
ATLANTA (AP) Falcons owner Arthur Blank says he is disappointed the team is "not where we need to be," but he says turnover on the coaching staff may help.Following a 10-6 regular season, Atlanta lost at the New York Giants on Sunday, 24-2. The lopsided loss left the Falcons 0-3 in the playoffs in four seasons with general manager Thomas Dimitroff and coach Mike Smith, who joined Blank in Wednesday's news conference.
Since the loss, the Falcons have lost both coordinators. Defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder left to head Auburn's defense, and offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey was hired as the Jacksonville Jaguars' coach.
Blank says new coordinators should provide fresh perspectives on players and schemes. Blank says "that will be healthy for us this year."