Despite his team’s disastrous 2017 performance in the face of championship expectations, Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith reportedly won’t have to worry about his job security heading into the offseason. Team owner Arthur Blank has privately assured the sixth-year coach that he will be returning for the 2017 season, according to a report from the NFL Network.
Eleven weeks into a season many in Atlanta expected to end with confetti falling in New Jersey, the Falcons are 2-8 and in the middle of a four-game losing streak. At best, they can finish 8-8 this season — though there are certainly no signs of a turnaround occurring any time soon — and are currently last place in the NFC South.
McCormack helped lead the Browns to NFL Championships in 1954 and ’55 and an Eastern Conference Championship in ’57, playing along NFL greats like Otto Graham and Jim Brown. He earned Pro Bowl accolades six times and was voted to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1984.
Legendary Browns founder and coach Paul Brown, who traded for McCormack in 1954, spoke highly of his former player in his 1979 memoir, calling him “the finest offensive tackle who ever played pro football.”
McCormack became a coach after his playing career, following Cheap Jerseys Promo Code in the footsteps of Brown, who he considered a mentor and idol. He served as head coach for the Philadelphia Eagles from 1973-’75 and the Baltimore Colts in 1980 and ’81, though he never had a winning season.
He also served as director of football operations and later Cheap Jerseys Soccer China president and general manager for the Seattle Seahawks, and became the president of the expansion Carolina Panthers in 1993. The Panthers erected a statue of him at Ericsson Stadium in 1997.