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American Football Mike Smith takes blame for Atlanta Falcons season

Atlanta Falcons coach Mike smith said he is to blame for a second consecutive season without play-offs football.

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The Falcons crashed to a disappointing 34-3 loss to the Carolina Panthers in their season finale at Georgia Dome on Sunday.

Players and coaching staff were jeered post-game as the Falcons (6-10) produced a second successive losing season under Smith, who oversaw only four wins last term.

Smith, 55, is reportedly on the verge of being sacked and the embattled coach said he could have done a lot of things differently throughout the campaign.

"I wish I would have done a whole lot of things better," Smith said. "Ultimately, I'm the one that's held responsible.

"This is a 6-10 football team, and there's one person that the record is attributed to. That's the head football coach, and we were 6-10 in 2014.

"There's a whole lot of things I could have done differently and better. They're all learning experiences, and I will take those and in the future, make sure that I don't make the same mistakes that I made this season."

Reports emerged before Sunday's clash that a search for a new Falcons coach was already underway.

Smith, though, refused to be drawn on speculation: "Look guys, I'm not going to comment about what you guys talk about and what you guys have.

"There are distractions every day you go to work. When you go to work, you have distractions and your work. When I go to work, I have distractions at my work.

And I'm not going to comment about some report that probably has no validity to it."

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