Thomas Dimitroff not shying away from high expectations

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After the Falcons chose to retain head coach Dan Quinn and General Manager Thomas Dimitroff for the 2020 season, team owner Arthur Blank made it clear that he expects better on-field results after a pair of 7-9 finishes the last two years.

Dimitroff said in an interview for the team’s website that he thinks the Falcons have “definitely gotten better” during an eventful offseason. Tight end Austin Hooper left while Hayden Hurst arrived in a trade, they swapped Devonta Freeman for Todd Gurley at running back and Dante Fowler is in as an edge rusher with Vic Beasley moving on to Tennessee.

The draft brought cornerback A.J. Terrell and defensive end Marlon Davidson in the first two rounds and the entire package has Dimitroff feeling ready to meet the goal that Blank laid out in January.

“I believe that we are in a really good spot,” Dimitroff said, via D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “Of course . . . there are high expectations coming into this season. Everyone knows that. No one is shying away from that. Dan and myself included.”

This is Dimitroff’s 13th season as the Falcons General Manager and those offseason moves will go a long way toward determining how much longer he’s on the job.

7 responses to “Thomas Dimitroff not shying away from high expectations

  1. Dimitroff is one of the better GM’s, but it’s a QB league, and he doesn’t have a top ten QB. Every NFL QB is a good QB, but the top QB’s usually win the trophies. Kyle Shanahan elevated Ryan into a little higher category, but Shanahan is now taking a different average QB to the super bowl.

  2. Talent-wise, there is just no reason this team shouldn’t be competitive this upcoming season. After hanging onto some players too long to give them every chance to improve, they finally moved on and upgraded those spots. It is now up to the coaching staff to make it work.

    All I know is, the NFC South should be a lot of fun this year!

  3. Blank runs that team, not Dimitrioff. They cater to stars to sell jerseys. It’s why they can’t win anything. They have a top heavy roster with Ryan and Jones.

    The Atl United soccer team does better in that stadium than the Falcons do. Fact.

  4. cueghost says:
    June 21, 2020 at 1:11 pm

    Matt Ryan is insanely UNDERrated.

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    Corrected that last bit. You’re welcome.

  5. “Matt Ryan is insanely overrated.”
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    YEP.

    If Matt Ryan was drafted by a big market and/or popular cheating team…
    … he would be the guy getting bogus pass interference calls (not that he didn’t earlier in his career) and deflating footballs.

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