The Atlanta Falcons fired head coach Arthur Smith on Sunday night, hours after he had completed a third successive losing season in charge of the team.

Smith, the 41-year-old son of FedEx founder Fred Smith, went 7-10 in each of his three seasons as he failed to lift the rebuilding franchise from a playoff drought.

The Falcons’ 48-17 loss at New Orleans was the second consecutive lopsided defeated that sealed Smith’s fate, following a 37-17 loss at Chicago.

The Falcons have posted six straight losing seasons since their last playoff appearance in 2017.

Smith was hired by the Falcons in 2021 after a decade-long stint as an assistant with the Tennessee Titans, moving up to become their offensi

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But Smith never got reliable quarterback play, switching back and forth between Desmond Ridder and Taylor Heinicke this season.

Asked about his job status following Sunday’s loss to the Saints, Smith said, “Sure, as I’ve said many of times, we know the industry that we’re in. I love doing what I’m doing. Also, like I’ve told you many times, this is the industry that we are in. I love coaching. I would have loved to win today. Obviously, we didn’t.”

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