Lions to interview Thomas Dimitroff

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The Lions plan to interview former Falcons General Manager Thomas Dimitroff for Detroit’s GM vacancy.

Dimitroff will interview next week, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

The Falcons hired Dimitroff in 2008 and he made an instant impact, drafting Matt Ryan and improving Atlanta’s record from 4-12 to 11-5. He had a mostly successful tenure in Atlanta, but the Falcons’ fortunes declined in the last couple years, and he was fired after a bad start this season.

The Lions are also interviewing former Texans General Manager Rick Smith, ESPN commentator Louis Riddick and three internal candidates.

10 responses to “Lions to interview Thomas Dimitroff

  1. He will understand the culture of losing better than most. Not sure why he would want to go from one doomed franchise to another.

  2. Another ex-Patriot front office person. Tends to be too top heavy with the payroll, unlike Belichick. The Falcons have had a pretty good starting 22 the past decade, but a poor 53 man roster.

  3. Not sure why Detroit would be interested in a guy who has been a disaster for the past several years. Dimitroff started off really good in Atlanta, but his efforts have proven disastrous since then.

    Rick Smith did a great job in Houston. The foolish owner chose to give Bill O’Brien power and pushed Smith out. The Texans are now in shambles. Rick Smith made them relevant, but was let go. Detroit would be smart to give him a lot of consideration. Smith knows how to build a winning roster.

  4. BuckyBadger says:

    December 17, 2020 at 10:45 am

    He will understand the culture of losing better than most. Not sure why he would want to go from one doomed franchise to another.

    That’s not even close to an accurate statement. Hes 21 games over .500 as a gm, 8 seasons his team finished .500 or better and 5 seasons including this which he finished under .500 and 2 of those years the falcons were 7-9 with good talent but bad coaching. So where’s that culture of losing you snarled about…

  5. Not only did Dimitroff draft Matt Ryan, he also had the foresight to trade up for a certain HOFer Julio Jones.

  6. 2 lucky drafts -Julio and Matt Ryan does not a GM make. If Detroit hires him they get what they deserve

  7. The Falcons have had a 28-33 record since the Super Bowl debacle, including 3 straight losing seasons, with several draft busts. It might not be the best move for Detroit. Or for Dimitroff. He is a passionate road biker. No fun pedaling in Michigan for much of the year.

  8. New ownership (new family member) in Detroit didn’t hesitate to can Patricia and Quinn. I’m willing to give the benefit of the doubt to Sheila Ham and whomever she picks as GM, as long as it isn’t Louis Riddick. He’d be another Matt Millen.

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