Smith takes blame for Atlanta's offense

October, 10, 2011
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ATLANTA – For one of the few times since he’s been the coach of the Falcons, Mike Smith was put on the hot seat as he addressed the media after Sunday night’s 25-14 loss to the Green Bay Packers.

Actually, it came in the wee hours of Monday morning, after Smith’s team jumped out to a 14-0 lead. After that, the offense did almost nothing, which brought up a very legitimate question.

Smith was asked if the offensive play-calling was a problem.

“No, I don’t think so,’’ Smith said. “We’ve got to execute better.’’

Mike Mularkey is the offensive coordinator and he calls the plays. Smith went on to explain that he ultimately is responsible for all the play calls on offense and defense. Although Smith comes from a defensive background, he said offensive plays have to go through him and refused to put any blame for the offensive woes on Mularkey.

“I’ll take full responsibility for that,’’ Smith said in the firmest voice I’ve ever heard him use. “No one else.’’

Pat Yasinskas | email

ESPN Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter

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