FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) - Mike Smith says he's not giving up on the Falcons' season, just as he wouldn't give up in the closing minutes of a lopsided loss to Seattle.
Smith was criticized for exposing quarterback Matt Ryan and others to injuries by leaving them on the field late in Sunday's 33-10 loss to the Seahawks. The coach says he wouldn't abandon the idea of trying to win.
Similarly, Smith says he isn't giving up even when three straight ugly losses have left the Falcons 2-7.
The Falcons already have matched the high mark for losses in Smith's first five seasons - a 9-7 finish in 2009. Smith says he won't accept talk of "doom and gloom" but he acknowledged there must be improvement on both lines and in the running game.