Falcons coach just an everyday man

Updated: January 2, 2009, 5:29 PM ET
By Elizabeth Merrill | ESPN.com

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- There is nothing compelling about an ordinary man's office. A couple of leather chairs here, some blank walls, an impeccably neat desk. Mike Smith won't dazzle his visitors with plaques or fading photos of championships gone by. He is prematurely gray and unfamiliar with hair dye because that, of course, is not real. He hunches over a tiny refrigerator in the corner and grabs a Coke Zero. "Caffeine," he says. It is Wednesday afternoon, and in about 24 hours, his ...

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