Smith Says 4th and Inches Call was His and His Alone

The Times Picayune reports that Falcons coach Mike Smith says going for it on 4th and inches was his call alone, and it was one that could end up costing the Falcons the division.

When Shaun Rogers, Will Smith and a host of New Orleans Saints stopped Atlanta Falcons’ Michael Turner on a fourth-and-1 at the Falcons 29 yard line in overtime, Mike Smith became villain No. 1 at the Georgia Dome. And, he’s owning it. Smith told reporters after the game that he made the call to go for it, nobody else. “It was something I take full responsibility for,” he said. “It’s my decision and my decision solely. First we were going to punt the football, then had a change of heart and I wanted us to go for it. I thought that the ball was inside a half a yard and I thought we could get it. I did not want to give the football back to the Saints. In previous games, in close games that we’ve played them, we’ve punted the ball and they’ve gotten the ball back with three minutes to go in the ballgame. We never saw it again, and they ended up winning the ball game. That was the decision process I went through.”

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