Falcons head coach Mike Smith is 8-0 this season and 51-21 as Atlanta’s coach, and he appears to have earned the respect of players around the NFL, too.
In a Sporting News poll of NFL players, Smith tied with Houston’s Gary Kubiak for the honor of most underrated head coach in the league.
“Nobody gives them enough credit, but they’re always well prepared. He always has his guys ready to play. You can tell they’re very disciplined—not a lot of cheap stuff or anything like that.” — Eagles linebacker DeMeco Ryans said of Smith.
The Sporting News polled 103 players from 27 teams and players were not allowed to name their teammates or head coach for any of their answers.
Rex Ryan of the Jets was voted as the most overrated coach in the Sporting News poll.