Napster: Culture of Free

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Falcons fire Mike Smith

Atlanta Falconsowner Arthur Blank called the firing of coach Mike Smith the toughest decision of his professional career and didn’t rule out more organizational changes despite declaring Thomas Dimitroff his general manager, for now.

Blank addressed the media shortly after the team sent out a press release announcing Smith had been relieved of his duties with a year left on his contract. Smith compiled a 66-46 record over seven seasons but went 10-22 over the last two. He had a 1-4 postseason record and failed to make the playoffs in consecutive years.

His tenure ended with Sunday’s 34-3 loss to the Panthers in the game for the NFC South title.

Blank said the decision would not have been made yet had the Falcons won Sunday’s game.

“I would tell you that probably including my 23 years at Home Depot, this was the most difficult decision I’ve ever had to make,” Blank said. “And I mean that very sincerely. It was complicated by the deepest respect that I had, we all had, for Smitty.”

Blank said the coaching search begins immediately with plans to submit interview requests later Monday.

The Falcons can begin interviewing coaches from teams currently with byes for the playoffs — the Seahawks, Packers, Broncos and Patriots — immediately. League sources told ESPN that the Falcons already have asked the Broncos’ permission to speak to Denver offensive coordinator Adam Gase.

“I’ll be involved in the search completely, so I’ll be in the middle of that process,” Blank said. “So we’ll go through the process as diligently and as thoughtfully and with as much painstaking detail that we can, and we’ll come to a collective decision. But at the end of the day, the decision will be mine.”

Blank vowed to give offensive- and defensive-minded coaches equal weight. He also said power would not be an issue in the end, which would indicate the new coach would have to be onboard with Dimitroff or else more change might occur.

“Thomas is our general manager,” Blank said. “If there are any changes, obviously we’ll let you know about that.”

Blank was pressed on keeping Dimitroff, who has two years left on his contract.

“Everything relative to football operations, outside of coaching, is up for scrutiny and for discussion,” Blank said. “Everything.”

Dimitroff will be involved in the coaching search along with the organization’s internal team. Blank confirmed consulting with Joe Banner, a former executive with the Browns and Eagles. The Falcons also hired the search firm Korn Ferry to assist in identifying candidates.

Korn Ferry assisted in the searches that landed Andy Reid in Kansas City and Bill O’Brien in Houston.

Blank dismissed any notion that hiring the firm was a distraction for Smith and the Falcons going into the final game, considering the news went public well before kickoff.

“It’s my job as the owner to look around corners and represent the franchise and to think about the future,” Blank said. “It’s our job to think about all the ‘what ifs,’ just the way a coach does during a football game. … So the discussions we’ve had with Korn Ferry firm internally have all been about process. There has not been one phone call made to any coach. There has not been one phone called made to any agent for anybody, either inside or outside of this organization. [Coach Smith] understands that. And I would like you to please be clear when you do that reporting, OK?

“While some people in the room were critical of wherever the leak came from regarding Korn Ferry and how it may have been a distraction to Coach Smith, he would say it was not. But I also would say to you the week before, when CBS reported similar reports and we beat the crap out of the Saints in New Orleans, I didn’t hear a lot of reporting about was that a distraction, because obviously it wasn’t.”

Both Dimitroff and team president Rich McKay sat at Blank’s side as the owner addressed the media for more than an hour. Both Dimitroff and McKay answered a few questions.

Blank said he spoke with Smith on Monday morning and the two expressed affection for one another. Blank also said no coaching staff changes would be announced immediately. He said the new coach would have the option of retaining any of those coaches.

Bears fire Phil Emery, Marc Trestman

The Chicago Bears fired general manager Phil Emery and coach Marc Trestman on Monday after a 5-11 season.

In a statement, Trestman thanked the Bears organization for giving him the chance to be the team’s coach.

“I also want to thank all the coaches and players who gave us everything we asked over the past two years,” he said in the statement. “I have tremendous respect for this organization. Chicago is a special city with great fans. I appreciate the warm support my family and I received.”

Trestman spoke to the team Monday morning before departing the team facility for the final time.

“It was the same Marc Trestman meeting we always have,” Bears tight end Martellus Bennett said. “He just said said ‘thank you’ and that he ‘appreciated’ the guys. It wasn’t anything different than he usually does when he comes in. He has his notes written down and he’s meticulous about what he says. He’s very good with the words he chooses to use.

“For coach [Trestman] I just think it’s a dream deferred. I think he’s a really good coach, an excellent guy, and I think he will have another chance to coach in this league.”

Emery met with reporters at Halas Hall on Monday, but read from a prepared statement, and took no questions.

“This job was the opportunity of a lifetime. My only regret is we didn’t win enough games for that opportunity to continue,” he said in part of his statement.

“Thank you to all the Bears fans that have reached out to me the last three years, who have stopped to say hello, have extended their hand in friendship and that I’ve had the opportunity to have a conversation with. Your kindness does a lot more for the soul than people can imagine. To borrow a lyric or a line from Cary Newcomer: “We stand breathless on the clean edge of change.” So it’s time to change and move forward. Go Bears. Thanks for your time.”

Several players expressed their disappointment in Emery’s dismal, specifically two-time Pro Bowl right guard Kyle Long. Emery played a pivotal role in the club drafting Long in 2013 at No. 20 overall in the first round, despite Long’s limited body of work in the collegiate ranks.

“It’s a business, and it’s unfortunate that people’s jobs are at stake all the time,” Long said. “I have the upmost respect for Trestman and Phil Emery. Those were the guys that stood on the table for me last year at the draft, and not many people did that for me. Those are the guys that brought me in here. I love those guys.”

Offensive coordinator Aaron Kromer, who tearfully apologized to the team late in the season after admitting he was the source of a NFL Network report that was highly critical of quarterback Jay Cutler, also was fired, a source told ESPN.

Former San Francisco 49ers head coach Mike Singletary, who starred for 12 seasons as a linebacker for the Bears (1981 to 1992), would be interested in interviewing for now-vacant Bears coaching job, a league source told ESPN.

Singletary is currently working for the NFL as a senior adviser to executive vice president of football operations Troy Vincent. He’ll also be coaching at the East-West Shrine Game in a few weeks.

The Bears usually go outside the box when hiring a head coach. Only once have they hired a coach who had NFL head-coaching experience, according to ESPN Stats & Information. Paddy Driscoll was actually a player-coach with the Chicago Cardinals in the 1920s before he took the Bears’ coaching duties from 1956 to 1957.

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Jets fire Head Coach Rex Ryan

Coach Rex Ryan and general manager John Idzik were fired early Monday morning, the first casualties of the New York Jets’ fourth straight year out of the playoffs.

Owner Woody Johnson made the decisive, if not surprising, moves after his team stumbled to 4-12, its worst record since 2007. Johnson recently called it the most difficult of his 15 seasons as the head of the organization.

Ryan addressed the team briefly Monday morning, showing little emotion, according to players. Instead of giving a speech, Ryan showed a highlight film of top moments from the past few years. Idzik did not speak to the team.

“We’re in the win business and we’re not winning, so I think this was something I had to do. … It became pretty apparent during the season the team wasn’t getting better. Like [former Jets coach and GM Bill] Parcells says, you are what your record says you are,” Johnson said at a news conference.

Johnson said he and newly hired consultants Charley Casserly and Ron Wolf — both former longtime GMs — will lead the general manager and coaching searches. He said they’d probably hire a general manager first, but he said things could change.

“This is very, very critical right now,” Johnson said. “We’ve got to make some good decisions. We have to structure it properly. We have to know exactly what we’re looking for in a head coach and how he defines exactly what he’s looking for. Same with the GM.”

He said they already have reached out to GM and coaching candidates, adding they want to begin the process immediately.

In a mea culpa, Johnson expressed some regret for hiring a GM — Idzik — who didn’t have a background in scouting and personnel. This time, the Jets would like to add a football executive with a scouting pedigree. The owner also admitted they should’ve spent more in free agency. They began the season with more than $20 million in cap space.

“I get all the blame,” Johnson said. “I have to get a lot better.”

Johnson had one foot-in-mouth moment, saying he’d be in favor of reuniting with Darrelle Revis, who is under contract through 2015 with the New England Patriots.

“I’d love for Darrelle to come back,” he said, perhaps opening himself up to a possible tampering accusation.

Ryan’s fate was sealed several weeks ago, as the Jets were mathematically eliminated from postseason contention before Thanksgiving. In recent days, he had been telling friends he expected to be fired.

“I’m not afraid of what lies ahead, I can tell you that,” Ryan said Sunday after the Jets beat the Miami Dolphins.

Until recently, the decision to fire Idzik was less certain, if only because he was hired just two years ago. But news of the Jets’ hiring Casserly last week was a clear sign that Johnson wanted to take the franchise in a different direction.

Idzik came under heavy criticism for his conservative spending, his poor 2014 draft class and a rambling, midseason news conference in which he seemed out of touch with the sorry state of the team. It prompted a group of disgruntled fans to raise money to purchase a “Fire John Idzik” billboard near MetLife Stadium.

Ryan and Idzik, paired by Johnson, spent two seasons together, raising expectations after a surprising 8-8 finish in 2013. Ryan received a contract extension — guaranteed money through 2015 — but the 2014 season was undermined by poor quarterback play and a glaring lack of depth at cornerback.

The Jets lost eight straight games at one point, resulting in what Ryan called an “awful” season.

Ryan finished with a 46-50 record in six seasons, the third-longest tenure among Jets’ head coaches. He won more postseason games (four) than any other Jets coach.

So ends one of the most entertaining eras in team history.

The outspoken Ryan, whose brash style and Super Bowl guarantees turned the Jets into a national fascination, was a media sensation from day one.

In his first news conference, he predicted a celebratory visit to the White House, and he came close to delivering one with back-to-back trips to the AFC Championship Game in his first two seasons. But he wasn’t able to sustain the success, as the Jets went 26-38 over his final four seasons.

Ryan was brash to the bitter end, vowing last week, “One day, I’m going to win that thing” — meaning the Vince Lombardi Trophy.

His downfall was instability at the quarterback position. The defensive-minded Ryan started two rookies during his tenure, Mark Sanchez and Geno Smith, resulting in 109 interceptions — the sixth-highest total over that span.

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