Thomas Dimitroff: No doubt I need to produce to keep my job

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There was some speculation before the end of the regular season that the Falcons might part ways with General Manager Thomas Dimitroff, but owner Arthur Blank opted to keep Dimitroff in place.

Blank said he believed in “maintaining the continuity” of the relationship between Dimitroff and coach Dan Quinn after seeing “positive steps forward this year.” Still, the Falcons haven’t had a winning season since 2012 and they’ve brought in two former NFL General Managers to a front office that already included another one in Scott Pioli, which doesn’t leave Dimitroff with much doubt about the need to do better if continuity is to be the cry again after next season.

“Again, I’ve said this to you for years now, I believe every year is [make or break],” Dimitroff said. “That’s what I believe. I believe this year, just like last year, is about the success of this organization. That’s my responsibility. There’s no doubt in my mind that I look at it every year as I need to produce in order to keep my job. That’s just the way it is.”

Dimitroff said he’s “made mistakes here I have to be accountable for” and pointed to the 2012 draft class headed by second-round center Peter Konz as a particular disappointment. As a result of those mistakes, he feels “criticism is warranted” and it’s clear he understands that he has to have more hits than misses this offseason if he’s going to remain in Atlanta. 

13 responses to “Thomas Dimitroff: No doubt I need to produce to keep my job

  1. Should’ve been fired last offseason. Outside of top 10 picks, this guy can’t get anything right.

  2. This guy is no different than Charlie Weis, Romeo Crennel, Bill Belichick, or anyone else who’s made a lot of money off Tom Brady. The owners are making Billions, literally. They’re fine with winning, but they’re not terribly upset about losing either. They’re making too much money. Owners just want to keep the fans occupied, so they go out and hire guys that us fans think are going to turn their team around. We’re the idiots that think hiring someone that worked for the same organization as Tom Brady, is actually smarter than someone who doesn’t work with Tom Brady. Did Gary Kubiak get smarter over the summer? Is Ron Rivera suddenly the best NFL coach? If so, why do we always talk about Belichick instead of Rivera? The only thing the owners have to be is a little smarter than we are. And we’re not very smart.

  3. One of if not the worst GM’s in the league. Artie must like that continuity of losing. Other than the 5 picks he gave up for Julio Jones what Pro Bowler has he drafted?

  4. Being a GM is hard. It is a guess as to who turns out as a pro bowl player. The Matt pick was great (even after this down year), the Julio trade was great, the Trufant trade was great. As far as Pro Bowl players add in Freeman and Dimarco with the players above, and Jake Matthews should have made it this year also. Alford, Tevin and Vic have a shot at the pro bowl in the future., and Hageman has an outside shot if he puts it together next year. Once we get a true center, MLB, and S we are going to be very dangerous, and we have kept financial flexibility so it is absolutely possible. TD has missed, he has overpaid, and has given in too easily to what the coaching staff has asked for, that is why he has kept his job, he has voiced who he really wants in meetings and AB realized he was correct more than once (pass rushers).

  5. Other than Julio who is arguably the best player at his position. He also drafted Matt Ryan, William Moore, Desmond Trufant, Devonta Freeman, Thomas Decoud.
    The probowl really isnt the best way to judge the talent of players.

  6. He’s hit on drafts as of late and free agency. Schraeder was an UDFA that has turned into an above average tackle. Justin Hardy and Grady Jarrett look very, very promising. DiMarco was a solid signing. Kemal Ishmael was a 7th rounder.

    Pivotal offseason but his 2014 and 2015 offseasons are the reason he’s still around.

    I think he deserves one more year before we cut bait. It’s a tough schedule next year (6 playoff teams over 7 games). 10-6 and a playoff berth should guarantee his job for 2017.

  7. johnnybuc
    “One of if not the worst GM’s in the league. Artie must like that continuity of losing. Other than the 5 picks he gave up for Julio Jones what Pro Bowler has he drafted?”

    Dimitroff has plenty drafted and signed UDFA’s who ended up in the probowl. There are 4 Falcons playing in this weekend’s pro bowl. Not that any of this matters. If your players are playing in the pro bowl, your season cannot be considered a success. Having pro bowlers on your roster helps, but the 2nd tier guys need to be ascending 2nd tier guys. It seems all of the Falcons’ 2nd tier guys are just patches.

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