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Falcons' Smith recalls time with Ravens

Unlike many NFL head coaches, Mike Smith of the Atlanta Falcons has an insider's perspective on the Ravens.

He helped coach the Ravens defensive line and linebackers between 1999 and 2002 before leaving to join Jack Del Rio's coaching staff with the Jacksonville Jaguars. During his conference call with Baltimore media Tuesday, Smith took a moment to recall his time with the Ravens.

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"Well, I was very fortunate to be on that Super Bowl staff and remember that team – of course it was a long time ago – but you never forget that season because it was an outstanding season with a group of men that enjoyed playing the game, and I know there are still a couple of guys on the team that were a part of that team," he said. "But when I think about the Baltimore Ravens, I think about a team that each and every year is one of the top teams in the league. And that's what we're trying to do here in Atlanta, be a team that year-in and year-out is relevant, and be able to sustain what the Ravens have been able to sustain through the years with [executive vice president/general manager] Ozzie [Newsome] and the entire organization up there."

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