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Ryan says Falcons leaning on Smith
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Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan talks to head coach Mike Smith during the second half against the Miami Dolphins in this Sunday, Sept. 22, file photo, in Miami Gardens, Fla. - photo by Associated Press
FLOWERY BRANCH — Mike Smith is facing the biggest challenge of his six seasons as the Falcons' coach. Smith lost back-to-back regular-season games in only one of his first five seasons — in 2009 — and never lost more than two straight. Now the Falcons, who play Tampa Bay Sunday, have lost three straight for the first time with Smith.