Arthur Smith: You’re rebuilding every year in the NFL, but we’re gonna compete like hell

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The Falcons took on the biggest dead money cap hit in NFL history when they traded quarterback Matt Ryan to the Colts and resumed a roster of moves that began when they hired general manager Terry Fontenot and head coach Arthur Smith. the 2021 season.

Making those moves helped keep the team in better salary cap shape, but the Falcons finished 7-10 last season and predicted the team’s fortunes for the coming season are not terribly optimistic. That led to the rebuilding of the talk that left tackle Jake Matthews and cornerback Casey Hayward have rejected this offseason.

While the veterans may not want to use that term, Smith didn’t reject it when talking to Albert Breer of SI.com about the state’s franchise although he was quick to mention that any rebuilding effort should not be seen as a reason. For the team to accept a losing fate.

“I will never hide from something like that, and I am not saying that with any bravado,” Smith said. “But yeah, of course, you’re rebuilding every year in the NFL, that’s why you have a draft, why there’s free agency, you’re never just gonna run it back as it was. If you’re not forward-thinking, if you’re not constantly looking to tweak and improve, you’ll get passed up. That ‘s what we don’t want to have ever happen. So yeah, sure, you can call it whatever you want, you really need to retool or rebuild every year in certain spots. Now, is there some major transition? Yeah, you can make that argument. I think it’s obvious. But this team’s gonna come out, they’re gonna compete like hell, we’re gonna fight, we’ve got good young pieces, and we’re gonna play well together in all three phases as a team. I’m excited about it. This is gonna be a fun team to coach. “

Smith added that he knows the team will “need results in some way, shape or form to buy-in” from players and said he thought there was progress last year. They’ll need to convince others this year that the plan is one that will result in the kind of on-field success that makes quibbling about whether you’re rebuilding a distant memory.

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