Dolphins Interview Mike Smith For Head Coach

Posted Jan 4, 2016

Former Falcons coach won NFL Coach of the Year honors from The Sporting News in 2008, 2010 and 2012.

Former Atlanta Falcons Head Coach Mike Smith interviewed Monday for the Dolphins’ head-coaching position.

Smith became the first person to interview for the Dolphins’ coaching position.

Smith was head coach of the Falcons from 2008-14 and compiled a 66-46 record. He was named NFL Coach of the Year by The Associated Press in 2008 after guiding the Falcons to an 11-5 record and the NFC South title.

He won NFL Coach of the Year honors from The Sporting News in 2008, 2010 and 2012.

The Falcons made the playoffs four times in Smith’s seven seasons and reached the NFC Championship Game in 2012 after earning the No. 1 seed with a 13-3 record.

Smith was let go by the Falcons after a 34-3 loss against the Carolina Panthers in the 2014 season finale in a winner-take-all showdown for the NFC South title.

Smith, who grew up in Daytona Beach, was a defensive assistant coach with the 2000 Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens. He spent four seasons with the Ravens (1999-2002) on the staff of his brother-in-law, Brian Billick.

From there, Smith spent five seasons as defensive coordinator of the Jacksonville Jaguars, who finished in the top six in the total defense three times during that span. Jacksonville was second in total defense in 2006.

A linebacker at East Tennessee State, Smith played one season for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League before embarking on a coaching career that began with 17 years in the college ranks.

The bulk of Smith’s college coaching experience came at Tennessee Tech, where he spent 12 seasons as special teams coordinator, defensive coordinator and assistant head coach.
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