ATL: Easy decisions
"We have lost our respect in the league and our credibility in the league," Smith said. "We were an elite team. You miss one year in the playoffs? OK. You miss two? You deserve everything that's being said about you."
It's the type of statement you'd expect to come from local sports talk radio, not a team's GM. But Chargers players don't disagree with Smith's blunt assessment.
"That's the mentality we have right now," Philip Rivers said. "Not being in the playoffs the last two years, we've developed that feeling, and our feeling right now is we've had enough. We have a little edge about us now. But, you know, you've just got to go out and do it."