The Atlanta Falcons kicked off the NFL’s annual Black Monday ritual, where coaches get the boot after the regular season ends. Atlanta fired Arthur Smith after three seasons and a trio of 7-10 records. The team announced the decision at midnight, hours after a 48-17 loss to the New Orleans Saints.

“Decisions like this are never easy and they never feel good,” Falcons owner Arthur Blank said in a statement. “He has been part of building a good culture in our football team, but the results on the field have not met our expectations

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