Senior Bowl: Dimitroff on NFL Network recap show

Thomas Dimitroff on the NFL Network set down at the Senior Bowl in Mobile.
Thomas Dimitroff on the NFL Network set down at the Senior Bowl in Mobile.

While almost half of the team and the coaching staff is in Hawaii for the Pro Bowl, Falcons general Thomas Dimitroff and most of the scouting department is down in Mobile this week for the Senior Bowl.

Dimitroff and his buddy Scott Pioli (Kansas City’s GM) took some time on the NFL Network set to answer a few questions. <—- Video

Pioli, who clearly likes to hear himself talk, stole most of the air time from T.D.

Pioli was slated to buy dinner Monday night, but he couldn’t get Dimitroff (a vegetarian) to partake in some sauced up hog meat at Dreamland.

Dimitroff told Mayock that the Falcons scout all of the players, but only get serious about system specific players. Otherwise, if the player doesn’t fit their system, he wouldn’t get a lot of consideration.

–D. Orlando Ledbetter, Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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January 24th, 2011
11:26 pm

First, wow did I do that??


January 24th, 2011
11:27 pm

Good to see Dimitroff is looking to next season already. Please check out Namdi and bring him to the ATL…


January 24th, 2011
11:35 pm

I would suggest he take a look at the pathetic defensive scheme that has gotten worse each of the past three years. I use to question Keith Brookings for his coverage skills but Curtis Lofton is worst. He should definitely come off the field after the first and second downs!!

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January 25th, 2011
12:32 am

We don’t need namdi…. Would be to expensive an his numbers aren’t any better the drob23… We need a pass rusher an TE to take over after gonzo leaves doubt he plays after this season. A better Nickle back cause Brian is already old an Chris owens showed us he can’t play the nickle. Lofton isn’t that bad, it’s the soft spots in the zone coverage that gets us, we aren’t good enough to hide the soft spots, then we need a speedy reciever an back to help with screen passes.


January 25th, 2011
12:34 am

“Dimitroff told Mayock that the Falcons scout all of the players, but only get serious about system specific players. Otherwise, if the player doesn’t fit their system, he wouldn’t get a lot of consideration.”

Maybe this is why they passed on the likes of Revis and Matthews?
Seems rather short sighted to me. Wouldnt it make much more sense to scout to find the best athletes in the draft and then get those guys? Would you say oh, i dont want to draft (Insert HoF player here). He just doesnt fit our scheme.
There is something wrong with this.

The Truth

January 25th, 2011
12:36 am

This is the same guy that passed on Clay Matthews, some draft genius he is suppose to be


January 25th, 2011
12:46 am

Improved Defensive Line play would really help the LBs and the safeties. The interior line is a shambles. Is it ok to label Jamaal Anderson (pick #8 in the 2007 draft, ahead of Darrel Revis and Brandon Merriweather) a complete bust yet?

In 2008 we drafted Ryan 3rd overall. Cant argue that pick. But then the trade to get Sam Baker @ 21 then followed by Lofton @ 37 get some attention because look who was left on the board in the 2nd round:
Tracy Porter
DeSean Jackson
Matt Forte
Ray Rice
Dexter Jackson


January 25th, 2011
1:42 am

ummm people we do understand that TD didn’t draft Jamaal Anderson so there shouldn’t be any reference to Darrel Revis and Meriweather. Those picks were before his time. Though i wish we would have gotten Clay Mattews aka Bloodline. But who is to say Jerry wont become our Warren Sapp we just need him to stay health. WE ARE NOT GETTING NNAMDI ASOMUGHA no need, #truth it is the scheme not the corners that hurt our secondary. Though it would help for ours linebackers to cover better


January 25th, 2011
2:05 am

Yes, I know that TD and co did not come around until 08 draft.
Anderson is still a bust. So far, Jerry is a bust also.


January 25th, 2011
3:15 am

I would give Jerry one more year before callin him a bust, he broke his leg an for a big guy like him it’s gonna take time… He only played on passing situations this season to help him get in the game mentaly and build his confidence but by next year he will prolly be better an with the competition with peters, I can see both these guys improving very well by next year.

Go Falcons

January 25th, 2011
8:22 am

I want to point out that he is scouting the senior bowl. It isn’t as though most of these guys are top tier players in the NFL. Those guys don’t play in the senior bowl. With most of this talent you are looking to fill holes on special teams or fill out roster spots. If they turn in to something special then that’s a bonus. For those guys you want guys that fit your systems you are running. You won’t draft a guy who will be better suited for a 3-4 defense when we don’t run it plane and simple. It’s always easy to go back and say what if about NFL drafts. Every team can do that.

Hardy Falcon

January 25th, 2011
8:43 am


Sun Tzu 7

January 25th, 2011
8:59 am

So does that mean we’re only looking at corners that play zone and give WRs a 5-10 yard cushion?

After all that is what we do on defense…

Sick & Tired Of Being Sick & Tired

January 25th, 2011
10:02 am

I agree with Sun Tzu 7

You rarely see our CBs jam WRs at the line when the play starts. That is not the CBs fault, that is the plan of the defensive coordinator. This past year, the Falcons still played a zone coverage defensive on 3rd and long and the other teams receivers just ran to a soft spot in the zone and got the 1st downs all day long.

Some folks have said that the zone is played so much because we don’t have the talent on “D” to cover, but I don’t buy that excuse at all. I am just hoping that whoever they add to the team can make an immediate impact. TD also needs to look for some help on the “O” line…..just say’n!!!!

phil t

January 25th, 2011
10:03 am

Dimitroff is our problem 2 years in a row sorry drafts we need talent.


January 25th, 2011
10:44 am

TD doesn’t have a clue. Check his picks. Average at best.


January 25th, 2011
11:35 am

I think this year, we have to get the best player and be a little less specific…whether that be a De, WR or RB…


January 25th, 2011
12:21 pm

Anderson + Jerry = 5 years of service combined….and a grand total of 4.5 sacks.
Bierman was stepping up to be the man, but then the league caught up with him and he has really fallen off…

Johnathan Babineaux has 4 sacks by himself in 2010.

If the Defensive Line can get solid and force pressure, then you will see less zone on 3rd down and you will see the play of your secondary and LBs exposed or improve.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

January 25th, 2011
12:33 pm

Wow. You all are up in arms over the draft.


January 25th, 2011
12:36 pm

DOL, as a fan, I understand that its easy for me to hindsight the draft. But as a fan, that’s all I got.

I dam sure don’t want to hear TD telling me that he isn’t concerned with players that don’t fit his system.
Are you telling me that you didn’t draft Revis because he plays to tight in coverage? Would you have passed on Marshall Faulk because he just doesn’t fit the profile for the scheme you want?
Gimmie a break. Get the best players and tailor your game to suit the talent.

Open Minded

January 25th, 2011
1:23 pm

The defensive scheme/play was a bust vs GB….. what are we doing about it ?
Van Gorder or players ? Just sitting pat is not an option if you want to build a winner.


January 25th, 2011
1:28 pm

You cant just look at who TD got wrong, you have to give him credit for who he got right to:

Right: Ryan, DeCoud, Douglass, Lofton, Moore, Walker, Bierrman
Undecided: Jerry, Owens, Atkins, Sidbury, Reynolds, Frank, Wilson,


January 25th, 2011
1:34 pm

That’s correct Mr. Orlando! We need see the needs of our team but politics seem to be what we end up with…


January 25th, 2011
2:24 pm

If any of y’all think TD is a bad GM, you’re a complete idiot. It’s worthless to go back and whine about missed draft picks; instead look at what he’s done, going from a team that was literally bottom of the barrel three years ago to three consecutive winning seasons. We played one bad game this year (yes, when it mattered most), but it’s still only one game. He drafts quality players (most of the time) that play well in the roles that he and Coach Smith develop together. There is a long term plan here, not just instant gratification. He is a product of the NE Patriots, an organization that, regardless of the loss to the Jets, has the best act together, by far, in the NFL in terms of managing players and continued success.

Arthur Blank

January 25th, 2011
2:43 pm



January 25th, 2011
2:48 pm

I disagree with TD completely! why have a scheme with mediocre talent vs. buliding a scheme around great talent! I thought thats what your suppose to do? we need playmakers on both sides of the ball! Norwood needs to go and abraham needs help. Another reciever to run deep would be helpful and a speed running back would be great! C’mon TD, dont dissapoint!


January 25th, 2011
4:20 pm

We’ve already tried to draft some help for Abe–what we need is to find a REPLACEMENT for Abe. Someone good enough to TAKE Abe’s JOB. Either this season or in 2012, Abe’s replacement needs to be STARTING! I’m not saying fire Abe–I’m saying we MUST hire his replacement quickly. None of the Ends on the roster have proven they can seize the #1 rusher title from Abe and we need some competition on the right side. Unless we’re willing to trade up for one of the Elite DEs in this draft that leaves only one option…Free Agency. Spend the money. Demand accountability and immediate performance at not only DE but at OLT and our DB’s. We only have a few immediate holes to fill but they are glaringly obvious to our competitors…..

DJ Sniper

January 25th, 2011
5:14 pm

Since some people didn’t read it the first time, let me repeat it for you: Thomas Dimitroff was NOT our GM in 2007, therefore, he cannot be blamed for picking Jamaal Anderson instead of Darrelle Revis or Patrick Willis. As for Peria Jerry, please keep in mind that he came back from a pretty serious knee injury as a rookie; the type of injury that it typically takes 12-18 months to fully recover from. You can’t label him as a bust at this point in his career. Also, remember that it’s rare for a DT to come in and completely dominate the interior in his first couple of seasons.

Captain Falcon

January 25th, 2011
5:55 pm

How come no mention of Dorsey to Pioli? I would have liked to know what he thought about him. I don’t post often but I read all of the blogs and I get sick every time I watch Matthews get another sack. Him next to Abraham and we would have been a super bowl team in my opinion. All the mock drafts that year had him coming to us and we passed on him. We have a whole team of system specific guys. This needs to be the offseason where we get the playmakers. In the words of Michael Irvin, YOU GOTTA BE A PLAYMAKA!!!!!


January 25th, 2011
6:36 pm

Good picks, bad picks, its all hit or miss. The great thing is, through it all, the Falcon’s are just a few players away from being a Top Notch squad.

PaPa Keith

January 25th, 2011
10:26 pm

Bitch, Bitch, Bitch. I don’t know how you can complain about TD? Don’t you guys remember the years of ineptness? These Falcons are good. They’re fun. They’re more likely to win than lose. The Falcons have had 3 winning seasons in a row. Their time will come, be patient.


January 25th, 2011
11:56 pm

There are some people on this sight that have no clue when it comes to understanding the game. 33-17 in the TD era. Please check how many teams have better records in the league. To answer criticsm of Curtis Lofton pick..
If you ask anyone in the organization..had it not been for the importance
of the last 4 games, Lofton would not have played due to an undisclosed injury.
Corey Peters a third rounder was regarded by Mike Mayock as one of the steals
of the draft. Willian Moore and Thomas DeCoud make up one of the best
safety duos in the league according to NFL Network.. There was a huge run on left tackles which forced TD to trade up to get Sam Baker before Jacksonville would have 2 picks later. And if you disagree with the Matt Ryan pick
you should start watching soccer because this sport makes no sense to you.
Factor in the addition of Tony Gonzales and Michael Turner and you have one of the most brilliant minds in football in his office at Flowery Branch. We will have a chance to win every game we play. Short of a ring what else do we want. Lock him up Mr. Blank.

No hope now

January 26th, 2011
8:10 pm

D-Led is right, I really find myslef laughing at you guys and your comments. @ ezcofalconfan TD WASN’T OUR GM WHEN ANDERSON WAS DRAFTED OVER REVIS. MAtthews? Yes, but Jerry and DT was the bigger need. Jerry got hurt, so did Meier, so did HD, so di Weatherspoon, etc. THINK ABOUT ALL THE GUYS YOU PEOPLE ARE NAMING FOR TD TO DRAFT, what if they get hurt??? TD CAN’T PREDICT WHEN GUYS ARE GONNA GET HURT. Jerry isn’t a bust, the guy had 2 sacks this year coming back off tearing up his knee, not having awareness, and 2-3 snaps a game. IF THAT ISN’T POTENTIAL I DON’T KNOW WHAT IS. Speaking of Babs, jerrry is predicted to be better than babs.

TD hasn’t done a poor job. Hes done an excellent job, the league hasn’t caught up to biermann, ITS THE FACT THAT THIS IS BIERRMANNS FIRST YEAR STARTING. Hes super young. You all forget that Aaron Kampan was a 5th round pick, have you guys ever heard of development??? Biermann left a lot of plays on the field this past season and that goes with being a 1st year starter and being inexperience. You have to give these guys time to develop. The only guy I was dissapointed with was Thomas Decoud. I thought Decoud would have a huge year, he regressed some. But you guys let emotions clear your judgement. Abe, Babs, Biermann, 1st pick Jerry, 3rd round steal Peters. WHEN biermann, peters, and jerry step up next year IT WILL PROVE THERE WASN’T A NEED FOR PEPPERS and that we already have a good d-line. Our LB’s are straight. Moore and Dunta are fine. Decoud and Grimes are the problems. Grimes is a money issue with free agency but decoud regressed. These guys will get better