Updated: Mike Smith taken to hospital for observation, back in Atlanta

CHARLOTTE — Following Sunday’s Falcons-Carolina game, Falcons coach Mike Smith, 52, had chest pains and was taken to a hospital before the team’s charter flight left for Atlanta.

In a statement, however, the team described the situation as “a non-emergency matter.” Smith had undisclosed tests and was resting comfortably overnight, the team said.

Smith arrived back in Atlanta at 3 a.m. and is expected to be at the team’s Flowery Branch headquarters later today for team meetings at 4 p.m.

The Falcons will hold a walk-through practice between 7:30-8:10 p.m. in preparation for Thursday’s game against the Jaguars.

Smith will address the media following the session.

238 comments Add your comment

Kane337

December 11th, 2011
10:13 pm

Get well coach Smith and safe travels back to Atlanta.

Hummon

December 11th, 2011
10:13 pm

Needlessly panic inducing headline.

Michael M.

December 11th, 2011
10:13 pm

Patrick

December 11th, 2011
10:14 pm

Hope Mike’s OK.

FalconTide

December 11th, 2011
10:14 pm

Get well smitty.

Hummon

December 11th, 2011
10:14 pm

On the front page that is.

Michael M.

December 11th, 2011
10:14 pm

third is okay too

Awhitney

December 11th, 2011
10:15 pm

Get better Smitty. Gosh, this sounds like ‘98 all over again with coach Reeves. At least we went to the SB that year. Let’s rally for the coach!

Swifty

December 11th, 2011
10:15 pm

98′ Falcons with Dan Reeves

John Kimble

December 11th, 2011
10:15 pm

“Needlessly panic inducing headline.”

x2

Lola84

December 11th, 2011
10:15 pm

Glad to hear your fine Smitty. Hope you are doing well. Can’t wait until Thrusday. Best wishes!

Michael M.

December 11th, 2011
10:15 pm

thanks for clearing it up D-Led ! Tell you what, watching the Falcons play sometimes will give you heart trouble…..whew !

college dude

December 11th, 2011
10:16 pm

Get well soon Coach!

Shades of 1998 though…

Be Real

December 11th, 2011
10:16 pm

Overly dramatic headline AJC – try to be more credible

Ray98

December 11th, 2011
10:16 pm

My heart skipped a beat after reading the breaking news headline – get well coach Smith

Joe Tess Fish House

December 11th, 2011
10:17 pm

He finaly realised how much the Flacons sux! LOLOLOLOLO

Innocent Bystander

December 11th, 2011
10:17 pm

Chest pains? God bless, Coach Smith. I know how you feel, I keep 911 on speed dial when I watch your team play.

junefalcon

December 11th, 2011
10:18 pm

likely they over-reacted but I guess you can never be too safe at that age. Though it is obvious he gets special treatment because of his status as likely any “normal” person would have been sent home.

Outraged

December 11th, 2011
10:18 pm

I honestly thought we lost our coach with that headline. You guys at the ajc ought to be ashamed of yourselves

Michael M.

December 11th, 2011
10:18 pm

Why have I got a feeling we are in for something big this year ?

Quint in ATL

December 11th, 2011
10:18 pm

Let’s get better, Smitty!

Trey

December 11th, 2011
10:19 pm

Coach Smith, I hope you get better. Joe Tess, you are just as obnoxious on here, as you are on the Braves’ blog.

Mtn Falcon

December 11th, 2011
10:20 pm

Come on ajc, pick a less panic induced headline. If he is fine, then no need to scare the public.

Michael M.

December 11th, 2011
10:20 pm

You got to give the Team credit for the big comeback win ! Congrats to the team !

Hey out there you Aint Turds, how come your team barely squeaked by the Titans? The way you trolls talk they are unbeatable but almost lost that game with the Titans missing the opportunity to put it away in the end zone. Your Team got lucky on that one boys.

Don’t worry though Atlanta may finish what Tennessee started…..lmao !

waynester

December 11th, 2011
10:20 pm

The AJC headline is the same as every other site I’ve seen reporting this. That’s a good succinct headline with no hyperbole whatsoever……

Brian Hunt

December 11th, 2011
10:21 pm

Get well Coach. Glad it wasn’t an emergency.

phil

December 11th, 2011
10:21 pm

Don’t fire Mike Smith!

KevinM

December 11th, 2011
10:21 pm

Breaking news that isn’t breaking news…….

Watching the game, Smitty didn’t look so good there at the end…thought it might have been the TV……

Best of health coach and keep it monitored.

Jaime

December 11th, 2011
10:22 pm

WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU PEOPLE AT THE AJC??? LOUSY REPORTING. LOUSY.

Third down efficiency is overrated

December 11th, 2011
10:22 pm

First, get well Coach Smith, you’re in my prayers.
The hyberbolic headline is just par for the course at AJC. I mean, this is the same sports dept. whose Braves beat writer is more interested in posting song lyrics or inciting the ire of the clubhouse by erroneously reporting a trade (google “Tim Hudson Dave O’Brien confrontation). The same sports dept. that runs articles on how mistreated the Falcons are, yet when other teams complain, it’s not even reported (even when it’s front page news on every other major site–see the reports after the GB game).

phil

December 11th, 2011
10:22 pm

The headline is definitely unnecessary….come on guys.

Mable Curtis

December 11th, 2011
10:22 pm

Coach Smitty, get better let go some of that stress. Ryan, offense & defense will get it together. No worries our birds will be alright. Your health is most important. Feel better cause we going cat hunting in Jacksonville.

Michael M.

December 11th, 2011
10:24 pm

Probaly Coach Smitty was stressed out after going in that locker room at halftime and chewing some butt after the first half demise and wow what a second half performance. Impressive !

Big Rod

December 11th, 2011
10:24 pm

Get Well soon Coach, we have another game coming up on Thursday night and we need you there.

Joe Tess Fish House

December 11th, 2011
10:24 pm

I taught it was funy. Dont get so angery. Smith is fine…..Unlike the teram which narley beat the Panters.

Lisa

December 11th, 2011
10:25 pm

Feel bettter Coach Smith!!

Lisa

December 11th, 2011
10:25 pm

mike

December 11th, 2011
10:25 pm

It was probably anxiety that built up in the 1st half and finally released. Get well Smitty we are going to need you.

phil

December 11th, 2011
10:26 pm

Fire joe tess!

Kane337

December 11th, 2011
10:26 pm

Per Peter King…..

“SI_PeterKing Peter King
Just to clarify, Mike Smith is still in Charlotte. He will fly back to Atlanta with GM Dimitroff sometime around midnight on owner’s plane.”

Joe Tess Fish House

December 11th, 2011
10:26 pm

I got braking news. The Flacons are over ratted.

Bird

December 11th, 2011
10:26 pm

what do you want the headline to read? he was driven “slowly” or “at normal speed” to the hospital with chest pains? I’m not an AJC apologist, but Jeez, that’s what happened. If you need to go to the hospital, it’s usually “rushed”

Carol L

December 11th, 2011
10:27 pm

We need you Coach! You turned us in the right direction. You get some rest and get better! May God bless you and keep you in his care.

REAL FALCONS FAN

December 11th, 2011
10:28 pm

may the lord bless you coach. BEST WISHES AND MY PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU AND YOUR FAMILY.TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF.

phil

December 11th, 2011
10:28 pm

“taken” would’ve been less upsetting to us.

But whatever….as long as he’s truly ok.

[...] hospital with chest pains after the team’s game this afternoon against the Carolina Panthers. AJC.com is reporting that Mike Smith was rushed to the hospital this evening prior to the team boarding their aircraft to [...]

Michael M.

December 11th, 2011
10:29 pm

Fire joe tess! Put him on the short bus aimed at the commode ………nothing funny about Coach Smith having to go to hospital.

Joe Tess Fish House

December 11th, 2011
10:29 pm

U all need 2 remeber that I done told U all the problims with this team. It so very aparent that they have hugh problems cuz they waist there draft pix on loosers like Sam Baker, Perrier Jerry, Juliert Jone and Mat Ryan.

phil

December 11th, 2011
10:31 pm

Kane337
December 11th, 2011
10:26 pm

Per Peter King…..

“SI_PeterKing Peter King
Just to clarify, Mike Smith is still in Charlotte. He will fly back to Atlanta with GM Dimitroff sometime around midnight on owner’s plane.”

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But this will cause more chest pain thinking about the moronic julio jones for our future trade….

He looked ok today though!

fish

December 11th, 2011
10:31 pm

Pray’s are with Coach Smith.