FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga.- Mike Smith is trying to establish business as usual during the Atlanta Falcons' bye week.
The coach says it may not be easy to maintain the even keel he is seeking as the NFC South champion Falcons savor winning home-field advantage through the playoffs.
The Falcons are off until the divisional playoffs. They will play Green Bay, Seattle or New Orleans on Dec. 15 at the Georgia Dome.
Smith said Monday he was not aware of any team requesting permission to talk with any member of his staff. Assistant coaches in a bye week can by interviewed by other teams. Offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey, the former head coach in Buffalo, has been mentioned as a possible candidate for a head coaching position.