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Dimitroff wins Sporting News executive of the year award

Thomas Dimitroff AP

In the days after the 2010 regular season ended, the folks at Sporting News announced a slew of awards, such offensive and defensive player of the year and comeback player of the year.  Because the Associated Press delayed by several weeks its release of the officially unofficial NFL postseason awards, some assumed incorrectly that the Sporting News awards were the officially unofficial awards.  They weren’t.

In one category, an award issued by Sporting News remains officially unofficial, primarily since the AP has no award for the category of executive of the year.  Sporting News has spoken, and the winner is Falcons G.M. Thomas Dimitroff.

“I am thrilled for and proud of Thomas and his staff,” Falcons owner Arthur M. Blank said in a statement released by the Falcons.  “Winning this award twice in three years is validation and recognition of Thomas’ many contributions not only to building a winning team over his first three seasons, but his unwavering focus and vision for this team’s future.  He is truly deserving of this award.”

Other candidates for 2010 were — or at least should have been — Chiefs G.M. Scott Pioli, Buccaneers G.M. Mark Dominik, Jets G.M. Mike Tannenbaum, and Packers G.M. Ted Thompson.

Though the announcement of the Sporting News award was delayed until after the Super Bowl, the honor likely was determined based only on the regular season.  With the postseason included in the consideration, even Dimitroff would agree that the award should go to Thompson.

We mean that as no disrespect to Dimitroff.  But we’re still confused about the failure of those who hand out postseason awards to not take into account the outcome of the postseason.

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24 Responses to “Dimitroff wins Sporting News executive of the year award”
  1. shimmitysham says: Feb 9, 2011 4:30 PM

    Thompson deserved this award, far more than any other.

  2. packattack1967 says: Feb 9, 2011 4:39 PM

    Ted Thompson maybe the best GM in all of sports

  3. shecklesmckenzie says: Feb 9, 2011 4:43 PM

    I think they waited so they could get the headline and not have to compete with any other awards or stories.

    One could argue that what makes an executive of the year is done before the post season begins.

    I would like to see how they rate the executives and what they base all of this on, because this seems kind of arbitrary.

  4. satch402 says: Feb 9, 2011 4:53 PM

    Bucs G.M. Mark Dominik should have won this award.

    He did a great job of finding key players out of nowhere. Starting left guard Ted Larsen, 7th round pick safety Cody Grimm, defensive tackles Al Woods and Frank Okam, wide receivers Mike Williams and Dezmon Briscoe, linebacker Dekoda Watson, right guard Derek Hardman, and above all LeGarrette Blount.

    All of those players played really well when the Bucs needed them to.

  5. gregjennings85 says: Feb 9, 2011 4:55 PM

    Regular season or post season, Thompson wins.

    Frank Zombo?

    Erik Walden?

    Sam Shields?

    James Starks?

    Andrew Quarless?

    Morgan Burnett?

    Brian Bulaga?

    Mike Neal?

    Come on.

    Dmitroff drafted Sean Weatherspoon.

    The Falcons were touted to have a strong secondary, and were ripped apart by the Packers’ passing game.

    Just throw a dart at a dart board next time, Sporting News.

  6. profootballwalk says: Feb 9, 2011 4:56 PM

    “We mean that as no disrespect to Dimitroff. But we’re still confused about the failure of those who hand out postseason awards to not take into account the outcome of the postseason.”

    So only Super Bowl winners should win awards? Why have a vote? This was a good choice – it’s Executive of the Year, not Executive of the Super Bowl team – they already get plenty of credit.

  7. blakebuchanan87 says: Feb 9, 2011 4:57 PM

    Mark Dominik is on a fast rise to the top of the NFL. He’s got the youngest team in football and the youngest starting QB already playing playoff caliber football.

  8. aaronitout says: Feb 9, 2011 5:08 PM

    satch402 says:
    Feb 9, 2011 4:53 PM
    Bucs G.M. Mark Dominik should have won this award.

    He did a great job of finding key players out of nowhere. Starting left guard Ted Larsen, 7th round pick safety Cody Grimm, defensive tackles Al Woods and Frank Okam, wide receivers Mike Williams and Dezmon Briscoe, linebacker Dekoda Watson, right guard Derek Hardman, and above all LeGarrette Blount.

    All of those players played really well when the Bucs needed them to.

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    All those players played really well except when they needed to win some games to make the playoff….

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    profootballwalk says:
    Feb 9, 2011 4:56 PM
    “We mean that as no disrespect to Dimitroff. But we’re still confused about the failure of those who hand out postseason awards to not take into account the outcome of the postseason.”

    So only Super Bowl winners should win awards? Why have a vote? This was a good choice – it’s Executive of the Year, not Executive of the Super Bowl team – they already get plenty of credit.

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    As gregjennings85 already stated…TT wins the award for the regular season because his amazing regular season moves led to the success in the post season

  9. gregjennings85 says: Feb 9, 2011 5:08 PM

    profootballwalk:

    “So only Super Bowl winners should win awards? Why have a vote? This was a good choice – it’s Executive of the Year, not Executive of the Super Bowl team – they already get plenty of credit.”

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    We had 15 starters on IR by the start of the playoffs. Throughout the regular season the Packers plugged in rookies, sometimes undrafted ones, and we kept chugging along, eventually crushing Dimitroff’s Falcons in their house in the divisional round of the playoffs.

    Like I said, regular season or post season, Thompson runs away with it.

  10. gregjennings85 says: Feb 9, 2011 5:11 PM

    satch: I would give it to the Bucs’ GM before the Falcons’.

    Mike Williams, Benn, Freeman’s emergence. Blount. The two DTs. The foundation being laid down is beyond solid, it’s scary.

  11. chace1986 says: Feb 9, 2011 5:15 PM

    Not to take anything away for Thompson….but Mark Dominik absolutely deserved this award. Yes, Thompson’s team eventually won the Super Bowl…but the Pack were 11-5 last year…the Bucs…3-13. You can name all the Packers injuries you want…the fact is that the Bucs had the same amount as the Packers did. Look at the Bucs O-line…only one starter from opening day was starting at the end of the season. The Bucs also had their 3 top picks McCoy, Price and Benn all go down in the regualr season..not to mention Cody Grimm..a 7th round pick who had to replace Tanard Jackson due to his suspension in September…..Either way…If it wasnt Dominik…It should have been Thompson.

  12. rpiotr01 says: Feb 9, 2011 5:16 PM

    It’s just like a couple years ago when Thompson got the award, then the Packers got smacked by the Giants in the title game.

    As it happens, Thompson deserved the award this year not for what happened in the playoffs, but just for GETTING to the playoffs. The fact that he drafted or otherwise acquired legitimate replacements for 4-5 starters, plus several other excellent back-ups, is a testament to his eye for talent.

    It’s nice to go 13-3 when you finish your work in April, everyone stays healthy and you just sit back and watch the pieces move. Ted couldn’t stop until December. He should’ve gotten it.

  13. brasho says: Feb 9, 2011 5:18 PM

    Dimitroff, seriousl? Ted Thompson and Mark Dominik are far superior choices.

    Considering the number of players on IR for both the Packers and Bucs… and the youth and number of rookie free agents by the Bucs… and the success of the Pack…not to mention the 7 game improvement of the Bucs.. and the Super Bowl victory of the Pack… how could they possibly choose the Falcons? They paid Robinson a bunch of money to come in and prove that he is not the same person he wsa before he destroyed his knee. The Texans didn’t want him and look at the mess their secondary is. They pieced together a bunch of hokie wins by players they overpaid for (Robinson, Turner), players that they drafted ridiculously high and had a great chance of succeeding (Matt Ryan, Jamal Anderson-1 out of 2 ain’t bad), and got some last gasp performances from some aging veterans (Gonzales, Abraham). This is not a team built for the long haul nor was what they did was particularly impressive…at least compared to the jobs done in the two Bays.

  14. kevo126 says: Feb 9, 2011 5:29 PM

    this is a joke. the falcons had a good record because they played carolina twice and the nfc west (also refs gave them the baltimore game). thats 6 automatic wins. they also were very lucky in terms of health. matty “ice” cant win in the playoffs.

  15. shaggytoodle says: Feb 9, 2011 5:41 PM

    Thats a shame because if I recall correctly the Falcons used the same starting line up til week 15 or something ridiculous, but I guess drafting players that stay healthy all year, is more important than find pieces to the puzzle that weren’t on teams preseasons squad and still winning the whole thing.

  16. fireeyes111 says: Feb 9, 2011 5:45 PM

    Regular season or post season, Thompson wins.

    James Starks?
    ____________________

    You realize you just contradicted yourself, right?

  17. ramseytown says: Feb 9, 2011 6:43 PM

    The Bucs beat one team with a winning record. Beat a few more winning teams and we can start handing out awards.

  18. jwesty says: Feb 9, 2011 7:08 PM

    Ok Pack fans now you think TT is the best? Just 2 years ago you wanted TT run out of town….lets see what happens when you have a losing season again. Lucky happens. Go drink your green cool-aid…..spiked I am sure.

  19. jimmysee says: Feb 9, 2011 7:34 PM

    jwesty says:
    Feb 9, 2011 7:08 PM
    Ok Pack fans now you think TT is the best? Just 2 years ago you wanted TT run out of town….lets see what happens when you have a losing season again. Lucky happens. Go drink your green cool-aid…..spiked I am sure.

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    It’s subtle, I know, but let’s see if your little pygmy brain can get it — Brett fans wanted TT and MM canned — Packers fans, on the other hand, have bought into the program for good reason.

    What we saw this year was the natural outcome of solid drafts and great coaching.

  20. granadafan says: Feb 9, 2011 7:55 PM

    Anyone who has the cajones to stand up to Lord BrInt Favre and tell him the team is tired of his diva act deserves executive of the decade.

  21. georgiagirlc4 says: Feb 9, 2011 9:19 PM

    Have some of you forgotten where the Falcons were just 4 years ago? They’ve done a heck of a job rebounding.

    The Bucs are an up and coming team, but like someone else said, they didn’t beat a team with a winning record until the last week. The Falcons beat them twice.

  22. jwil444 says: Feb 9, 2011 9:30 PM

    yea, that makes sense……….one and done perfect. This seasons year end awards have been terrible……here’s an idea, let’s wait for the season to actually end. Joke.

  23. avanderlay says: Feb 10, 2011 8:02 AM

    Not even the best GM job in the Division this season, let alone the whole league.

    DOMINIK

  24. aliowlsfalcons19 says: Feb 10, 2011 12:56 PM

    Ted Thompson maybe the best GM in all of sports

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    thompson is far from best gm in sports, that award goes to ken holland of the detroit red wings! 4 stanley cup, 5 finals in his 11 year tenture b4 n after the nhl salary cap! n drafting datsyuk n zetterberg in the 5 n 6th rounds.

    all this smack talk on ryan not winning a postseason game yet is funny…didnt rodgers just win his first this season? n the dominik thing for the bucs. one good season that u “nearly” made it to postseason only beating 1 winning team doesnt make u a great gm but im sure if the team continues next season the way they did this season gone, no doubt he’ll win it.

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