Falcons G.M. bracing for losing a valuable draft pick

AP

Falcons General Manager Thomas Dimitroff knows something’s coming. But he says he just doesn’t know what it is yet.

Via D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Dimitroff said during a radio interview on 680 The Fan that he’s bracing for bad news, after the team admitted piping in artificial crowd noise.

“We are just so full of scenarios and that’s kind of how we approach the offseason as it is,” Dimitroff said. “We’ve been very detailed on how we are going to approach things if in fact we have availability at certain points in the draft.”

During the league meetings, the team was informed their penalty was likely to be announced next week, and that the team was privately told what it would be, but Dimitroff said he hadn’t heard yet.

“I do not know at this point, officially,” Dimitroff said. “I have not gotten word from the league. I believe that we’ll be expecting something. Usually, when you get indication from the league it is via print. . . .

“I’m reading the same things that you are. Obviously, it’s been a process for us.”

And for a team that’s still trying to rebuild a defense, losing what could be a second- or third-round pick would be a significant hit.

66 responses to “Falcons G.M. bracing for losing a valuable draft pick

  1. 2nd or 3rd round?! Filming from an improper location, which the Commissioner himself said “had no material impact on the outcome of games” cost the Patriots a 1st round pick and $500,000. Anything less than that for the Falcons would be a travesty.

  2. Draft picks are gold. It’s truly the only thing you can take from a franchise that will hurt. It’s just unfortunate the fan base has to suffer because the teams management is immature.

  3. It will be a 1st rd pick…the NFL said they informed the team owners last week, but did not want to release it..probably happen this sunday.
    Cleveland the same….and rumor has it that the Jets are going to be forced to swap 1st rd picks with New England…this happened before when Jets poached Curtis Martin, and it cost them a 1st rd pick. When NE stole BB from the jets,,,1st rd pick…pretty lenghty history there…so_______________

  4. If “cheating” were to ever be really dealt with, the pats would have to close their franchise.

    Decades of cheating and taint!

  5. He’s also bracing for the New Orleans Saints, Champions of XLIV! Falcon fans can’t even get loud enough for their own team…pretty sad. C’mon down to the Superdome…we’ll show you how its done!

  6. The competitive advantage is a question. Both Falcon and Browns didn’t gain anything. They embarrassed the league. It’s bad when you cheat, but wise when you lose. Taping practices and altering equipment restored in wins. Mid level picks taken away hurts losing teams morethan higher pick on winning teams. Why did they change eligible receiver rule?

  7. elyasm says: 2nd or 3rd round?! Filming from an improper location, which the Commissioner himself said “had no material impact on the outcome of games” cost the Patriots a 1st round pick and $500,000. Anything less than that for the Falcons would be a travesty
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    That’s because Belichick made Goodell look like a fool for showing the gaping loophole in the rule that said “for purposes of game-day review” sideline taping is prohibited as of 2006

    Belichick wasn’t using it on game day – only for post-game analysis like most coaches do

    Belichick violated the cardinal rule – “Thou shalt not make Goodell look like the idiot he is”

    But unless someone thinks the Seahawks DIDN’T actually get a competitive advantage from the noise their “12th Man” makes, this is a HUGE issue that artificially was intended to give the Falcons an advantage

  8. Needs to be a 1st round pick. Anything less is a slap on the wrist. As a Panthers fan, I find this hilarious. It’s not like the noise even helped them the last couple of years! They cheated for nothing!

  9. Thomas Dimitroff used to be the Patriots Director of Scouting………………Just sayin’.

  10. So the team has been privately told what the penalty would be, but the GM doesn’t know???….Dimitroff may want to find another job…sounds like he’s Blank’s errand boy.

  11. Camera placement that was used to film team tendencies for later evaluation(not even for the game being played at the time) & had no immediate impact on the game being played drew a 1st rounder & huge fine fine….. Anything less would be hypocritical
    I mean what can a camera tell you AT THE TIME that your own eyes & binoculars couldn’t provide you with, the filming was never used durring real game time so it didn’t even have an immediate impact on the game being played like intentionally pumping in actual crowd noise would…..

  12. @joesixpack

    So much jealousy…

    The league looked into the Seahawks because whiny teams were jealous of the 12s… And the league found it’s all legit.

    Blank needs to suck up to Goodell a’la’ Kraft and none of this would be happening. It would have been swept and shredded.

    The only good news for the Falcons, based on your draft history, no picks are that valuable.

  13. Got the new guy in charge of draft that killed the chiefs so whats the big deal with losing a pick…

  14. As Browns fans can tell you, if the NFL wants to punish Atlanta via the draft, the most effective way is to have Ray Farmer make their selections for them.

  15. It Arthur Blank knows the punishment, why the hell hasn’t he told his general manager?

  16. The pressident has been set…. 1st rounder & huge fine or the Nfl really is out to get the Patriots….

  17. Last season the Falcons pumped in their artificial “12th man” and they still only went 3-5 at Georgia Dome, which just so happens to be the same amount of games they won on the road. Perhaps if they didn’t cheat they would have lost all their home games, had a shot at a top 3 pick in the 2015 draft, plus they’d keep their 2nd round pick.

  18. I love how Patriots fans are still pushing the swapping of first round picks with the Jets as if that’s something that would actually happen.

    If you think Goodell is going to completely forget the Deflate-gate controversy that swallowed up all the Super Bowl coverage for 2 whole weeks AND give the Patriots the 6th overall pick for mild comments from another owner, you are clearly delusional.

    You might get a 7th round from the Jets at best. Enjoy.

  19. Crowd noise is bad, but not as bad as the Jets coaches trying to cripple players, or the Broncos greasing up their linebackers with vaseline “to keep them warm”.

  20. Goodell could just suspend Sean Payton again and call it a day… He doesn’t like when someone ‘below him’ calls him out like when Payton refused to stick to the itinerary after the Saints won the Super Bowl, that’s the only reason he was suspended………..

  21. I wonder why the Colts were not penalized when they were obviously piping the noise in the RCA Dome. If they had penalized then, other teams would have been cautious on this. It so happened that ATL became the poster team for this incident even though the colts have been doing it for sometime.

  22. In the future, low character franchises who constantly try cheating the system will be known as “The Patriot Way”.

    The legacy is sealed in facts. This is just another example.

  23. Lmao, don’t kill me, we aren’t losing our first so you can get that pipe dream out of your heads. Also, Saints fan talking, really ? Loud in N.O pretty sure we beat you in N.O and in ATL. Falcons will lose a fourth and then you can all go take a lap for being idiots …

  24. Dimitroff has been on a short leash since Blank brought Pioli on board. It appears Dimitroff is on a need to know basis and Blank feels he doesn’t need to know. If I were a gambler, I’d be willing to bet Pioli and/or Quinn know.

  25. the pumping noise in was while the other team was in the huddle. considering very few false starts and miss communications on plays there is so little gained from what the falcons did its hardly worth talking about. its the nfl coming down on a smaller market so they dont hurt their wallets. anything before a 3rd would be unacceptable. also saints fans rememeber when you hit brett farve every play and hardly got flagged for obvious late hits. so frankly shut up, noise didnt cause you to fumble the ball in key moments. considering only 5 home wins out of 16 games in 2 seasons. this obviously had so little to do with the winning games its laughable.

  26. themanfromtheblacklodge says:
    Mar 27, 2015 10:17 AM

    It Arthur Blank knows the punishment, why the hell hasn’t he told his general manager?
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    Because just maybe the GM won’t be around(suspended?) when it’s time to draft?

  27. Man, if piping noise into a stadium get’s draft picks pulled, the Vikings wont have a pick until the third round in 2030.

  28. A real punishment would be letting another nfcs team make their picks. “With the first pick in the 2015 NFL draft, the Falcons select Quizperny G’dunzoid. “

  29. Amazing how a team is admitting to outright cheating, no grey area, and the single-brain-celled mouth-breathers are still here talking about the Patriots.

    As Dean Wormer put it: Fat, drunk and stupid is no way to go through life.

  30. Yes Falcon’s fan, the Saints fans are talking. Yeah, you beat us twice last year and we beat you twice the year before so big deal. Despite all of that, you STILL finished third in the division and will lose your 1st round pick. So last year, you basically cheated and sucked for nothing!!! LOL

    And still haven’t won anything….

  31. I guess the Falcons figured they could get away with it, since the Seahawks & Colts did.

  32. I bet the Falcons were caught doing this a while ago, the NFL just did not want to push it while they were winning. They get enough flack from the Patriots and their constant tight rope walking with the rules. I bet the Seahawks were already caught red handed ( there is photographic evidence played on nationally televised games showing fans using noise makers that are outlawed by the league, oddly placed microphones through out the stadium, etc). Just wait for when the Seahawks slip in the power rankings, then the proof will come out and they will be fined as well.

  33. If Atlanta doesn’t lose their 1st, I’ll feel cheated…

    I mean, C’MON, isn’t Rich McKay the Chairman of the Competition Committee??

  34. RG suspended the Saints G.M. for 8 games, not for participating in Bountyfarce, but simply for not stopping it. We should expect no less for Dimitroff.

  35. Falcons straight up cheated in a major, major way. Pumping in crowd noise in an attempt to affect the opposing team when they’re in the huddle is just out and out we know what we were doing, trying to gain a competitive advantage, knew it in advance, planned it out cheating.

    Minimum they should lose is 1st rd pick and all involved should receive a very long suspension.

    The fact that they were incompetent in their implementation or trying to do it with a so-so team is irrelevant.

  36. I find it interesting there are reports of a 2nd or 3rd rounder…where are these reports coming from? Just reading between the lines…if you have reports out of a 2nd or 3rd, no official announcement & the NFL has purposely withheld the announcement for PR reasons, then it’s most likely that they are in the process of preparing everyone paying attention that it won’t be a 1st rounder but touting a 2nd or 3rd as a “severe” punishment. This is called propaganda, imprinting peoples minds with an idea to cause it to be socially acceptable…when it’s really not. What it really does is encourage teams to cheat, knowing full well the Commish doesn’t have a pair. He’s more interested in keeping his $44 Mil a year job (which requires Owner’s votes) than actually rooting out & preventing cheating.

  37. Saints lost a high pick for bountygate which Roger couldn’t prove. Anything less than a first and the Saints should sue the NFL.

  38. To me, a severe penalty is a loss of a number 1 pick plus a cash penalty. I hope that it’s at least their number 1 pick.

  39. I am against using draft picks as penalties in this case and most others. Slap a hefty fine on the owner and we could almost guarantee that the practice would stop.

    You’d think the NFL would want to insure that each franchise would be able to field the best team it possibly could. It makes for a better NFL product, no?

    Especially pumping crowd noise. I have a feeling that these teams weren’t the only ones guilty of that action. Every stadium has a PA system. Pumping noise without being obvious is just too easy.

  40. hehateme2 says:
    Mar 27, 2015 9:45 AM

    If “cheating” were to ever be really dealt with, the pats would have to close their franchise.

    Decades of cheating and taint!

    Close the Franchise hahahahaha, you must be a fan of a team that the Greatest Franchise in the salary cap era The New England Patriots destroyed over and over again. 4 titles 15 years The GOAT Tom Brady and the legendary Bill Belichick.

  41. Everyone knows the crappy Vikings piped in crowd noise in the roller dome for years. Visiting teams reported it and nothing was done. They had to have some kind of an edge, they couldn’t (and still can’t) beat anyone without cheating somehow.

  42. 5to46hawkfan says:
    Mar 27, 2015 10:52 AM

    It’s different – the patriots are the true blue cheaters **** other teams just follow their lead…..
    __________________________________
    This from a fan of the kings of PED violations. Pete C getting fined 300 grand for OTA violations and pumping crowd noise into the stadium to name a few. It’s probably wise for Seahawk fans to put down the stones and slink off to lick the still open wounds from SB 49.

  43. Dimitroff has been drafting poorly for years, so losing a draft pick is just the same. He should have been fired instead of Coach Smith.

  44. Saints=Garbage. Pats=CheatToWin. Panthers=LOLREALLY?
    Who dat that got spanked twice? Oh yeah, the saits.
    Who dat that traded arguably the best TE playing right now? Oh yeah, the saits.
    Who dat that traded their number one reciever? Oh yeah, the saints.

    Who dat that just hired a super bowl winning coach who has had the best D the past 2 years? The falcons. Just wait pat fans the punishment for deflating footballs will be way more severe than what a rogue employee did.

  45. Also, the nfl posted the draft order on Tuesday and the Falcons still have all 8 of their picks. I’m pretty sure if it is a draft pick they take away it will be next year. Colts did it and never got punished. And why is it that reports of the Patriots deflategate came out way before the falcons piping in fake noise and the nfl hands us our punishment before the draft and RG says the “investigation” into deflategate could continue past the draft meaning NO loss of picks for them this year when they are the SB champs. Ridiculous.

  46. I love how Patriots fans are still pushing the swapping of first round picks with the Jets as if that’s something that would actually happen.

    If you think Goodell is going to completely forget the Deflate-gate controversy that swallowed up all the Super Bowl coverage for 2 whole weeks AND give the Patriots the 6th overall pick for mild comments from another owner, you are clearly delusional.

    You might get a 7th round from the Jets at best. Enjoy

    _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

    Ted Wells has to worry about being disbarred if he comes down on the side of the morons. Physics is on the side of Belichick ans Co. So as much as the Jets boy Goodell will want to punish NE, Wells will find that the NFL shares responsibility with Indy and Goodell will reluctantly throw the book at his beloved Jets.

  47. What kind of a moron compares trying to intentionally injury someone to fake crowd noise? The punishment should not be the same, and saying it should only indicates idiocy. Sending someone to the hospital versus a qb not being able to communicate is two drastically different things. Only a foul, inbred 2 teeth having waffle house working Saints fan would suggest equal punishment. Grow up. Just wait until Dan Quinn shows you whay bringing the “noise” really means. ATL ALL DAY!

  48. The Vikings knowingly piped in crowd noise for years and nothing was ever done about it. Now suddenly Atlanta is going to lose a draft pick for doing the very same thing?

  49. Little TOmmie and Artie are a joke….never won a SB…have to cheat to win via piping in music…how pathetic and they still lost….lmao… wow, you beat the saints twice last year and still finished third behind them….perenial losers the falcons are….no SB…always jealous of the Saints…fact…we are BETTER…..until you win a SB…ssshhh….you’re an emnbarrassment….

  50. bu2b1970 says:
    Mar 28, 2015 4:00 PM

    The Vikings knowingly piped in crowd noise for years and nothing was ever done about it. Now suddenly Atlanta is going to lose a draft pick for doing the very same thing?

    =================================

    If this is true then the Vikes were apparently smart enough not to get caught. Falcons got caught straight up cheating.

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