National Football League
               === Falcons extend Smith, Dimitroff and McKay ===
 Flowery Branch, GA ( - The Atlanta Falcons signed head coach
 Mike  Smith, team president Rich McKay and general manager Thomas Dimitroff to
 contract extensions on Monday.
 Dimitroff  and  Smith each signed  one-year extensions, while McKay received a
 four-year extension through May 2019.
 "We  are  fortunate to  have  talented  key leaders  at  the  Falcons who  are
 dedicated  to  a common goal of  being a league  leader on and off the field,"
 Falcons  owner Arthur Blank said in a statement. "I have great respect for the
 skills  and commitment  of Rich,  Thomas  and Smitty,  and I  look forward  to
 continuing to support and work with them in the years to come."
 The  54-year-old Smith is entering his seventh season with the Falcons. Before
 Smith  took over  for the 2008 campaign, the Falcons had never posted back-to-
 back winning seasons since joining the NFL in 1966.
 Atlanta had five straight winning seasons under Smith, including four trips to
 the playoffs, prior to a 4-12 mark in 2013.
 Smith  has  posted a regular-season  record of 60-36  during his time with the
 Falcons.  Smith, the  AP NFL Coach of the  Year in 2008, has a 1-4 mark in the
 Dimitroff is also entering his seventh season with the Falcons. McKay is going
 into his 11th season with the team.
 01/27 20:40:33 ET