FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. – Arthur Smith tried to get sleep Wednesday night. The first-year Atlanta Falcons head coach didn’t say how much, but it wouldn’t be surprising if it wasn’t the easiest time to pick up a full night’s rest.
The next day -- Thursday -- would be too important. Too much of what he’d been working toward for years. For all the work he did in the spring during offseason workouts, this is a little bit different. This is the true start to the lead-up to the actual season.
“You’re restless. You’re excited. It’s like the first day of school,” Smith said.