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Watch: Enraged Falcons HC Arthur Smith Cusses Out Saints Coach After 31-Point Slaughter

Watch: Enraged Falcons HC Arthur Smith Cusses Out Saints Coach After 31-Point Slaughter

Now-former Atlanta Falcons head coach Arthur Smith lashed out with vulgarities at New Orleans head coach Dennis Allen on Sunday in one of his final acts leading the NFL team.

Hours before he was fired after three straight 7-10 losing seasons and after the Falcons’ playoff hopes were dashed in a blowout loss to the NFC South rival Saints, Smith lost his cool in what was supposed to be a handshake meeting at midfield with Allen.

Instead of receiving a handshake, Allen took a verbal drubbing from a fuming Smith.

CBS cameras caught some of what was said, and it isn’t difficult to decipher some of the language that was used.

WARNING: The following video contains vulgar language that some viewers might find offensive.

Smith was irate about a late touchdown by New Orleans.

The Saints, leading 41-17, lined up in victory formation on the goal line with just 1:13 on the clock.

But rather than take a knee, as Allen later said he told them to, the players decided to score.

Saints running back Jamaal Williams took it one yard to the house for a junk-time touchdown with no resistance.


The move peeved Smith, and New Orleans won 48-17.

Allen later explained that the decision to score was not his.

“We should’ve taken a knee right there,” he said in his postgame news conference.

“[The players] asked me about getting Jamaal a touchdown at the end,” the coach said. “I said I wanted to take a knee. We put victory out there and the guys kind of wanted to get him a touchdown, and they did that on their own.”

Allen concluded, “That’s not acceptable.”

Saints backup quarterback Jameis Winston confirmed that the players overrode their coach’s call.

It is unlikely the garbage time score had anything to do with Smith’s firing, as the 41-year-old posted identical 7-10 records for three straight seasons after he was hired to helm the team in 2021.

Smith met with Falcons owner Arthur Blank and CEO Rich McKay on Sunday evening and was let go.

Blank issued a statement about the decision but didn’t mention Smith’s expletive-filled tirade.

“Decisions like this are never easy and they never feel good,” he said, according to ESPN. “We have profound respect for Coach Smith and appreciate all the hard work and dedication he has put into the Falcons over the last three years.”

“He has been part of building a good culture in our football team, but the results on the field have not met our expectations,” the owner said.


This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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