Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Mike Smith's approval rating tumbles
By Pat Yasinskas
Mainly because I was curious, I just took a look at the NFL Coach Approval Ratings over on SportsNation.
I wanted to see where Atlanta’s Mike Smith stood after his decision to go for it on fourth down in overtime Sunday against the Saints backfired. Not surprisingly, Smith’s stock has dropped in the eyes of fans.
He currently has a 48-percent approval rating. That’s down from 64 percent heading into the New Orleans game. But Smith still has a better approval rating than two other NFC South coaches. He’s got a slight lead on Carolina’s Ron Rivera (47 percent). Tampa Bay’s Raheem Morris is No. 25 in the league at 29 percent.
New Orleans’ Sean Payton is the only NFC South coach with an approval rating above 50 percent. Payton is tied for No. 6 in the NFL at 82 percent.