On Monday, Falcons owner Arthur Blank didn’t part ways with G.M. Thomas Dimitroff. Surprisingly, however, it’s still possible Blank will.
Per multiple league sources, a change could still be made, based on the preferences of the candidate that Blank identifies as the coach he wants to hire. Put simply, if Blank wants a coach who wants his own personnel specialist, Dimitroff could be sacrificed.
Many would view that as a mistake, and it would immediately move Dimitroff to the top of the list for any/all available G.M. jobs. For that reason, it would make sense for the Jets and Bears to wait to fill their vacancies until the dust settles in Atlanta. (In Chicago, there’s an increasing belief that Chiefs director of player personnel Chris Ballard eventually will get the job.)
Blank did not provide Dimitroff with a ringing endorsement during Monday’s press conference regarding the termination of coach Mike Smith’s employment. Two years ago, the Chiefs didn’t part ways with former G.M. Scott Pioli until Andy Reid was: (1) hired; and (2) stated a preference to bring in John Dorsey as the General Manager. Pioli left after the hiring of Reid even though Pioli was involved, like Dimitroff is now, in the process of finding a new head coach.
As one source explained it, search firm Korn Ferry is advising NFL teams who have fired their coaches to take a wait-and-see approach with the G.M. until the new coach is hired.