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The Atlanta Falcons are an American football team based in Atlanta, Georgia. They are members of the Southern division of the National Football Conference (NFC) in the National Football League (NFL). The Falcons joined the NFL as an expansion team in 1966 and have compiled an all-time record of 262–386–6 with division championships in 1980, 1998, 2004, and 2010 along with an appearance in Super Bowl XXXIII in Miami, Florida.[1]

There have been 15 head coaches for the Falcons franchise, 11 serving full-time. Current head coach Mike Smith is the winningest coach in Falcons history, winning 33 regular season games in his first three seasons. Also, the team attained consecutive winning seasons (11-5 in 2008 and 9-7 in 2009) for the first time in its history under Smith's leadership. Statistically, Jim Hanifan, who has won no games, holds the poorest coaching record. However, Norb Hecker, who has coached thirty games as full-time head coach, won only four.

Five coaches have led the Falcons into the playoffs: Leeman Bennett, Jerry Glanville, Dan Reeves, Jim L. Mora, and Mike Smith. Since the team's debut in 1966, the Falcons have not won a Super Bowl.

KeyEdit

# Number of coaches[note 1]
GC Games coached
W Wins
L Loses
T Ties
Win% Winning percentage
* Elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame
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CoachesEdit

Note: Statistics are correct through the end of the 2010 NFL season.

# Name Term[note 2] Regular Season Playoffs Awards Reference
GC W L T Win% GC W L
1 Norb Hecker 19661968 30 4 26 0 0.133 [2]
2 Norm Van Brocklin* 1968-1974 86 37 49 3 0.430 [3]
3 Marion Campbell 19741976 25 6 19 0 0.240 [4]
4 Pat Peppler 1976 9 3 6 0 0.333 [5]
5 Leeman Bennett 19771982 87 46 41 0 0.528 4 1 3 UPI NFL Coach of the Year (1977, 1980)[6] [7]
6 Dan Henning 19831986 63 22 41 1 0.349 [8]
Marion Campbell 1987-1989 43 11 32 0 0.255 [4]
7 Jim Hanifan 1989 4 0 4 0 0.000 [9]
8 Jerry Glanville 1990-1993 64 27 37 0 0.421 2 1 1 [10]
9 June Jones 1994-1996 48 19 29 0 0.395 [11]
10 Dan Reeves 19972003 108 49 59 1 0.453 5 3 2 AP NFL Coach of the Year (1998)[12] [13]
11 Wade Phillips 2003 3 2 1 0 0.666 [14]
12 Jim L. Mora 20042006 48 26 22 0 0.541 2 1 1 [15]
13 Bobby Petrino 2007 13 3 10 0 0.230 [16]
14 Emmitt Thomas 2007 3 1 2 0 0.333 [17]
15 Mike Smith 2008Present 48 33 15 0 0.688 2 0 2 AP NFL Coach of the Year (2008)[18] [19]

Notes Edit

  1. A running total of the number of coaches of the Falcons. Thus, any coach who has two separate terms as head coach is only counted once.
  2. Each year is linked to an article about that particular.

References Edit

  1. "Atlanta Falcons". Pro Football Hall of Fame. http://www.profootballhof.com/history/team.jsp?franchise_id=2. Retrieved 2008-05-03.
  2. "Norb Hecker". databaseSports.com. http://www.databasefootball.com/coaches/coachpage.htm?coachid=HECKENOR01. Retrieved 2008-04-30.
  3. "Norm Van Brocklin". databaseSports.com. http://www.databasefootball.com/coaches/coachpage.htm?coachid=VANBRNOR01. Retrieved 2008-04-30.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Marion Campbell". databaseSports.com. http://www.databasefootball.com/coaches/coachpage.htm?coachid=CAMPBMAR01. Retrieved 2008-04-30.
  5. "Pat Peppler". databaseSports.com. http://www.databasefootball.com/coaches/coachpage.htm?coachid=PEPPLPAT01. Retrieved 2008-04-30.
  6. "Leeman Bennett". Pro-Football-Reference.com. http://www.pro-football-reference.com/coaches/BennLe0.htm. Retrieved 2008-05-03.
  7. "Leeman Bennett". databaseSports.com. http://www.databasefootball.com/coaches/coachpage.htm?coachid=BENNELEE01. Retrieved 2008-04-30.
  8. "Dan Henning". databaseSports.com. http://www.databasefootball.com/coaches/coachpage.htm?coachid=HENNIDAN01. Retrieved 2008-04-30.
  9. "Jim Hanifan". databaseSports.com. http://www.databasefootball.com/coaches/coachpage.htm?coachid=HANIFJIM01. Retrieved 2008-04-30.
  10. "Jerry Glanville". databaseSports.com. http://www.databasefootball.com/coaches/coachpage.htm?coachid=GLANVJER01. Retrieved 2008-04-30.
  11. "June Jones". databaseSports.com. http://www.databasefootball.com/coaches/coachpage.htm?coachid=JONESJUN01. Retrieved 2008-04-30.
  12. "Daniel Edward Reeves". Pro-Football-Reference.com. http://www.pro-football-reference.com/coaches/ReevDa0.htm. Retrieved 2008-05-03.
  13. "Dan Reeves". databaseSports.com. http://www.databasefootball.com/coaches/coachpage.htm?coachid=REEVEDAN01. Retrieved 2008-04-30.
  14. "Wade Phillips". databaseSports.com. http://www.databasefootball.com/coaches/coachpage.htm?coachid=PHILLWAD01. Retrieved 2008-04-30.
  15. "Jim L. Mora". databaseSports.com. http://www.databasefootball.com/coaches/coachpage.htm?coachid=PHILLWAD01. Retrieved 2008-04-30.
  16. "Bobby Petrino". databaseSports.com. http://www.databasefootball.com/coaches/coachpage.htm?coachid=PetriBob01. Retrieved 2008-04-30.
  17. "Emmitt Thomas". databaseSports.com. http://www.databasefootball.com/coaches/coachpage.htm?coachid=ThomaEmm01. Retrieved 2008-04-30.
  18. "Falcons' Smith voted as coach of year". www.espn.com. http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=3809378. Retrieved 2009-07-04.
  19. "Mike Smith Record, Statistics, and Category Ranks". Pro Football Reference. Sports Reference LLC. http://www.pro-football-reference.com/coaches/SmitMi0.htm. Retrieved January 16, 2011.
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