NFL COMBINE: Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff

NFL Network's Bucky Brooks and Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff at the NFL scouting combine. (D. Orlando Ledbetter/dledbetter@ajc.com)

NFL Network's Bucky Brooks and Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff at the NFL scouting combine. (D. Orlando Ledbetter/dledbetter@ajc.com)

INDIANAPOLIS — Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff spoke to the media at the NFL scouting combine on Friday.

OPENING STATEMENT: Are we ready to go? Twenty-one combines, it’s still very fresh and I’m interested in every new class that comes along here. We obviously had some very positive things this year in Atlanta. We still have a lot of work to do. We have a lot of tweaking to do as far as our roster. We are always looking to get better at every position. I’m sure that will open it up for a number of questions.

Drafting philosophy, like Pittsburgh and Green Bay?: No question about it, I was very fortunate to come from the Patriots and see what we did in New England. Then when you look at the upstanding organizations that are led by great ownership on down to the general managers and on to the entire coaching staff and you see how they put together the teams, not only schematically, but also when it comes to personnel and the type of personnel . . . I definitely do hone in on the outstanding teams.

Green Bay and Pittsburgh,  don’t have  many FAs: I personally don’t like to be categorized as a draft guy or a free agent guy. I truly believe that you need to compare both sides going into every year and decide where the strengths are and where the weaknesses are and then decide if you can fix them in the draft or in free agency. I know that was something that I was very particular about coming into Atlanta, to make sure that I didn’t get pigeon-holed as one type of team builder.

System-specific approach to the draft, how does it match up with this draft class: We’ve been pretty particular about making sure that we draft for our system. I firmly believe that it really doesn’t matter what the Kansas City Chiefs are doing as long as we have the player up on the board where we think he fits in our system and that’s where we believe we should take him. Other people can have different scores on other players, but we need to make sure that we have a good fit, not only schematically, but in the locker room. We are very particular about our locker room and we’ve worked very hard to make sure we get a cohesive unit in there. As much as I think at times that we’d like to open up a little bit  and think that we could add the challenging soul, it’s so nice as it is and it’s so cohesive right now, that you don’t want to let go of how good we have it in the locker room.

Free agency limbo: You’re going to hate my business as usually response, but truly that’s how we’ve had to approach everything. That’s how we plan to approached the draft as well as free agency like we have any other year. As far as team builders, Smitty and the rest of the personnel and coaching departments, that’s how we are approaching it. We know what we need to do on our team. We know what changes we need to make and positions that we hope that we need to improve through free agency or in the draft.

Strengths and weaknesses of this draft class?: This is the second year that I think we’ve had a very good defensive line draft. The defensive tackles and defensive ends. I think it’s great for the league because for the longest time we had a dearth of (defensive linemen). We are now excited about having some very high producing athletes along the front.

New concussion protocol: That’s a very important thing. I love what we are doing with the league. It’s about the safety of the players. We still have a fantastic product. It continues to be a very aggressive product. It takes a little bit of the gray area out of it in my mind. It makes sure that we have some checks and balances. I think it’s positive for both sides.

Tough sitting concussed players out: That’s a difficult thing. I’m dating myself now at 44, but I remember that many years ago when we were saying, ‘you have to go back in there no matter how you feel.’  Now, I think  we are just playing a lot smarter. I think that’s good. As well, you have to be very particular about the type of players that you’re bringing into your room. I think it’s important. You obviously want intelligent football players who make the right decisions.

Rebuilding, how patient did you have to be?: Patience was a big thing. . . .It was very enticing because you had an owner in Arthur Blank who is very generous and willing to open up the purse strings if in fact we needed to do that. We have a city that is very attractive to a lot of football players. We really believed that we would have an opportunity to have some of the first choices in free agency circulating through the National Football League. That was very attractive to me. I mention that several times to Arthur that we could build this in a systematic and calculated way. I’d say, ‘Let’s not be swayed by emotional decisions. Let’s make sure that we are very systematic in our approach. I think that we’ve done that so far. We need to continue to do that going forward. We still have a few tweaks to make going forward.

Coaching staff, continuity: We’re very fortunate to have a coaching staff that’s basically been together  for three years. We lost some of our entry level coaches early on and then unfortunately we lost Bill Musgrave to Minnesota. But we’ve kept a good group together. I was talking about how important it was to have cohesiveness in the locker room. It’s also very important to have the guys who are controlling the locker room to stay together. It’s a really good group in my mind. We, myself and Mike Smith, see building teams through the similar lenses. We are very congruent with our thought processes as far as building. As far as the type of players that we want in here. The type of schemes that we want to scout and coach. I think that’s very important.  Again, being on the proverbial same page is very important to us.

On New England’s  Nick Cesario: Nick Cesario is a fine man. He’s a very intelligent guy. He’s a tireless worker. I don’t know who works harder than him in the National Football League. He’s worn many hats there in New England. Bill has asked him to do a lot of things. Not only on the personnel side, but on the coaching side.  You’re talking about a well rounded individual. . . Nick is a top notch personnel man.

On the job Mike Smith has done: Mike’s record speaks for itself. I think over the last three years Mike is third overall behind Indianapolis and New England. I think that’s a good company to be hanging with. Mike has a very unique combination of hard-nosed toughness, but also some new school thoughts and levity about him. I think it really (mixes) well and I think the players really respect him a lot. He’s not a brow beating type of guy. But the interesting thing is that he doesn’t have to get upset or mad to get the point across. He’s definitely silent on that practice field and that’s what I appreciate.

On drafting quarterbacks, getting it right: Obviously, that was huge for us. Coming into the organization, I sat down with Mike and we talked ad nauseam about quarterback verses defensive line going forward. In the very end, we knew that we had to have a quarterback for the Atlanta Falcons to bring us out of the mire so to speak. Matt was just the idea fit for us. He  had that combination of intelligence and presence about him. He did not try to come in here and be what the former quarterback was. He respected Michael (Vick) a great deal.  That was not his approach. He wanted to be Matt Ryan and that’s how he lead this team from his first year and that’s the way he is now. Matt, by his own admission, is always learning. That’s one of the most attractive things about Matt Ryan, he’s never satisfied.  I think there were a lot of agitated and upset people after our final game. But none of them more so than Matt Ryan.

More on QBs: You can ruminate and think about what is the best way to bring the organization to where you need it to be. Everyone in this room knows this isn’t the National Football League of 20 years ago when you, as a general manager, were able to pick three quarterbacks and three coaches or whatever it may be. It’s the ‘Not For Long” (league) and the “Now” factor. Mike and I talked about that a lot. We talked about getting the quarterback who could help turn the organization around now. Matt has been the right guy for us.

On Brian Daboll, Miami’s new OC: Brian Daboll is obviously a very intelligent guy. He’s spent a lot of time under Bill and knows the system inside and out. He’s a very smart guy. He’s an aggressive guy. He’s a good football coach.

Personality and character come into play with QBs, Cam Newton and Ryan Mallett: To me, it’s huge. It was a big part of our interview process with Matt Ryan. We spent a lot of time not only with him physically in Boston, but  a lot of time with associates he dealt with. We want him to be the first guy in and the last guy out. We want him to have a presence. We want Matt Ryan to lead the entire team.  . . .That respect was  something that Matt was able to obtain right away with the Atlanta Falcons from the defense and offense.

How do you discern from extreme confidence and cockiness: Matt, again by his own admission would say that he was a little shaky in his first interview. We sat in our combine room a mile away from here and he had a little shake in his voice. He might be upset with me. But we talked a little bit about it. He was a little agitated in doing something the first time. Matt is a fired up guy. With Matt the way that his confidence was it really came out and spent more and more time with him. We talked and saw him on the board. We talked about team building. We talked about leading teams. We talked about his experiences throughout his  entire career. From that you could tell that it was all about confidence . . .He understood the basic tenets of the team concept. He wasn’t pounding his chest about wanting to be the third overall pick.

Newton’s entertainer and icon statements: I think for certain teams it is not (a red flag). For some teams  (it is). I think they will research it more. I don’t think it will dissuade them from taking someone with such quality talent.

On New England’s willingness to trade and amass draft picks: Bill Belichick and his regime never cease to amaze and surprise me at so many levels. When you turn around they are getting more draft picks and moving players. . . .He’s been magically in doing that over the years.

On the playoff  loss to the Packers: We were obviously very disappointed. We thought we had a good football season. A good regular season and we had two very good weeks leading up. We were healthy and we were sharp. Matt Ryan never looked better in the three years we seen him on the field. . . We got out there and after that first quarter  we got behind and couldn’t get back and then we deflated. We realized there that we still have some growing up to do. We still need to mature. We are still a fairly young team. We have a handful of veteran players. We still do have a lot of three-year players that are going into their fourth year. That’s what we are very excited about because in year four is when things really start to gel.

–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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60 comments Add your comment

dean

February 25th, 2011
3:41 pm

First. There, I said it. And if not, I was first when I typed it.

The Real Falcon

February 25th, 2011
3:49 pm

Gotta love the guy!
They already have my money for 2011.

SeenThisB4

February 25th, 2011
3:51 pm

Doesn’t matter who the falcan’ts draft with their first pick, who ever it is, he’ll be another bust!

Chas

February 25th, 2011
3:52 pm

Second!! Go Dimitrov, make us proud again. If only we can develop the 1st round draft picks and keep them healthy.

dean

February 25th, 2011
3:55 pm

Oh HAIL YES! Seen is seen!

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Robert 08

February 25th, 2011
4:06 pm

I thought this Saints nonsense was banned … anyway, you mean screwing up the draft by trading all your picks for Rickey Williams or the drafting of Russell Erxleben, a punter with the No. 11 overall pick.

SeenThisB4

February 25th, 2011
4:12 pm

You guys need to stop living in the 20th century and wake up to the reality of the 21st century, which by the way, we have already entered it’s second decade. The falcan’ts drafting history in the past few years, especially the individual first few rounds, haven’t exactly been stellar. They have been mostly picking up the Emergency Room stars for all practical purposes. B-U-S-T.

By the way, Erxleben was a punter/place kicker! What a loser he was! I think he’s in jail now somewhere in Texas!

Robert 08

February 25th, 2011
4:20 pm

I don’t know … the Falcons drafted a franchise quarterback in 2008. I’d say that was pretty damn good.

Larry

February 25th, 2011
4:56 pm

Would someone, ANYONE, please tell Dimitroff to shave off that 13 year old looking peach fuzz that he continues to sport on his upper lip and chin. Is he that immature and naive to think this makes him look handsome or at all intelligent? If not, we should all refer to him as “Tommy” not Thomas.

Good grief!

Larry

February 25th, 2011
4:59 pm

“We realized there that we still have some growing up to do. We still need to mature. We are still a fairly young team.”

Wrong Tommy! In fact the Falcons average player age ranked the 14th oldest out of 32 teams this past season. 18 other teams are younger than us!

Try another excuse, please!

jalex49

February 25th, 2011
5:01 pm

I happy to see a WR state he wants to play for the Falcons. If the Falcons find out he’s legit in his abililty to be a threat and contribute, I for one hope they go after him. Having said that, I hope also they trade for Larry Fitzgerald. I believe he would be very productive opposite Roddy White.

I personally hope the falcons can work some type of trade and get more players at the DL line and WR positions. We need a beast opposite Abraham. A late round running back to help out would be nice also.

I believe they need to keep as many of the free agents that are productive, they can. I have all the confidence in the world in the top brass and their decision making. That not to say, I haven’t disagreed with them from time to time, but these matters are best left to the professionals and not a “Monday morning quaterback” like me.

Best of luck in the free agency and the draft. Any sleepers? Thanks for a good season and I do believe Atlanta is heading the right direction and I’m extremely proud of what’s going on. I remember the bleak years 0-10 types. Glad they are gone , they were agonizing and embrassing…

doggoneit

February 25th, 2011
5:06 pm

SeenThisB4 > don’t play coward who would you draft

No clue

February 25th, 2011
5:28 pm

Draft for our system? You better get the best player on the board. P. Jerry over Clay Matthews. That’s what drafting for your system will get you. This guy has no clue.

Post-it

February 25th, 2011
5:48 pm

I’m not surprised that Seen is continuing to troll the Falcons boards. And this after his Aints imploded against the weakest playoff team in NFL history. Porter is the laughing stock of the league. The head coach is moving to Dallas and they finally realized what a bust Shockey was. Seen needs to worry more about the Aints draft than the Falcons.

robertussen

February 25th, 2011
5:51 pm

gm of the year twice in 3 years……….yeah no clue huh

FACTS

February 25th, 2011
7:24 pm

Dimitroff better realize the “young guru” tag doesn’t apply to him anymore, he has no playoff wins in 2 appearances. Our system, is not getting us to the Superbowl, until we understand that this is a win now league. Keep drafting choir boys & system players, the Falcons will continue to watch the Superbowl at home. Take the best player that is available, if the other teams don’t pull the trigger do not hesitate!!!

Mike Jay

February 25th, 2011
7:55 pm

Falcons were in no position to take the best player available in the past, too many holes to fill. First two playoff appearances with no wins? Big deal. Look at the Colt’s with Peyton Manning it took them 6 years to win a playoff game and they went three of those 6 years. Then they won only one over the next two trips before finally winning it all. I think they turned out ok.

waynester

February 25th, 2011
8:14 pm

Mighty verbose with little having been divulged. Guess we shouldn’t expect much more but the query posed in the penultimate paragraph is a question I hope that TD gets asked a lot more often. So far, he isn’t managing the “Patriot Way” and he sure isn’t drafting that way. He totally dodged the gist of the aforementioned question with an attempt at humor but that is area of inquiry I’d like to see the AJC pursue. Where are the brutal cuts/trades/draft-day horsetrading that adds such another dimension to the Patriot’s personnell moves. That’s the thing that excited me about Dimitroff initially–I believed we’d finally found a real wheeler-dealer that knew when it was time to trade a veteran player before his value was completely used up–to get those additional draft picks that can be buy you the luxury of moving around in the draft–cherry-picking players to build and maintain a dynasty–instead of just taking whatever players just happen to fall in your pre-determined draft order. I agree with FACTS insofar as it’s time for TD to prove the trust we’ve placed in him was justified…..

Wink

February 25th, 2011
8:24 pm

The Falcons are a good football team and have good football people in place. I tire of this we got to have good character guys in the locker room. Surly we would love to have a Ray Lewis, Dez Bryant, a shut down corner like Revis of the Jets, heck even a Albert Hayneworth; we have a couple of guys with attitude in the locker room in Dahl & Clabo. Unfortnatly , they are free agents and may get swept out.

Are the games played in the locker room or on the field. I watch my tickets to watch football on the field, not the locker room. If that where the focus is then, maybe they should have stayed in the locker room against Green Bay, because it did not translate to the field.

Now please find us some more serious attitude players. We let Clay Matthews get away!!!!! Can you say pass rush…. Mr Dimitroff.

Rashod

February 25th, 2011
9:02 pm

Enter your comments here

Again, Dimitrioff Don't Know What He's Doing (ASG pt.II)

February 25th, 2011
9:43 pm

Folks this is what’s the Falcon Organization~~ They are too freakin concern with image and hosting Super-bowls instead of winning them. Truthfully, the only difference between the Falcons FO and ASG is that Arthur really wants to win but does know how to build his own image from scratch.

You want to know Arthur Blank biggest problem with running the falcons? He continues to follow the “Halo/Patriots” rule (The halo effect is a cognitive bias whereby the perception of one trait (i.e. a characteristic of a person or object) is influenced by the perception of another trait (or several traits) of that person or object. An example would be judging a good-looking person as more intelligent.

First he needs to get rid of Dimitrioff ,who does not have a keen eye for raw talent, and bring in a savvy GM. It’s been proven time and time again that most of Belichick’s protégé’ and coaches have failed tremendously outside of NE. As soon as Blank come to terms with this fact, he can begin to cut his losses and move this organization in the direction of winning a Super-bowl, not hosting one.

Again, Dimitrioff Don't Know What He's Doing (ASG pt.II)

February 25th, 2011
9:47 pm

Correction:

Folks this is what’s wrong the Falcon Organization~~

Again, Dimitrioff Don't Know What He's Doing (ASG pt.II)

February 25th, 2011
9:53 pm

btw- the Falcons WILL NOT make any splashes in FA. I do not trust this kid!

Remember- he spoke out in AJC article after the playoff loss to the Cardinals and promised to bring in “defensive play-makers” to get us to the next level….crickets

Sick & TIred Of Being Sick & Tired

February 25th, 2011
10:32 pm

WOW……I can’t believe all of the haters on this blog. Some of these comments are way too stupid to even be considered comical!!!!! Some of y’all are just out right wallowing in negativity.

lot of dumbass outt there

February 25th, 2011
11:13 pm

thmas dimitroff is the smartest man youll ever meet..HE MADE TOM BRADY AND THE PATRIOTS IDIOTS….3 WINING SEASONS IN A ROW>>>>THATS CALLED BUILDING A DYNASTY!!!!!! some people think they are so smart

dawgforlife

February 25th, 2011
11:42 pm

Clay is a 3/4 outside rush linebacker…we run a 4/3..he would not be large enough to play end and would be ineffective in drop and cover as a LB. as great as Clay is, he is not a fit for a 4/3. So, TD is not at fault the system is not a fit. If we had been willing to switch to 3/4 Lbs coming from everywhere a 2000LB NT, Clay would have been great. If not, he would have never made it.

Noodle Arm

February 25th, 2011
11:48 pm

I request a “new owner” who understands the game of football. Football is a violent game played best by strong and violent athletes! Blank’s obsession with character over ability is nothing less than stupidity. It’s beyond absurd. Whoever said the game is not played in the locker room is correct. This team will never win anything of note with Blank, Smith, and that snow boarder dude running the show. This “touchy, feely” — “can’t we all get along crap” — and be nice, and have high character, and, I almost forgot — win a Super Bowl — is beyond stupid. Peria Jerry chosen instead of Clay Mathews??? Now, all the “pretty boy” is yapping about is how we need a linebacker or two! Hello??
Is anybody at home????????????

had to say it

February 25th, 2011
11:48 pm

Lots of unemployed idiots post on this blog. They think they have idea’s of how to run a professional football team. What a joke.

Again, Dimitrioff Don’t Know What He’s Doing == sh|+ for brains fo0l.

had to say it

February 25th, 2011
11:51 pm

Noodle Arm == sh|+ for brains, dumb a$$ rac|st, big lipped, unemployed, m0 focking fool.

had to say it

February 25th, 2011
11:57 pm

the dumba$$ named “Wink” and “Noodle Arm” think Clay Matthews would be anything without B._J._Raji….What dumba$$ fool would Matthews could do ’sh|+’ without those fat a$$ boys on the front line taking up all of the offensive line?

NoodleArm and Wink are a couple of stupid s0b’s.

had to say it

February 26th, 2011
12:02 am

Again, Dimitrioff Don’t Know What He’s Doing (ASG pt.II)

An example would be judging a good-looking person as more intelligent.

Well you must be one ugly mu+her f0cker because your post is one of the stupidest things I’ve read on a blog filled with post from f0cking idiots. You are one dumb mother f0cker.

And we don’t need crotch holding murder’s like Lewis in the locker room.

Noodle Arm

February 26th, 2011
12:08 am

And did I mention the triumvirate of Blank, Fuzzy Face, and Smith has not won a single playoff game in three years of trying — with a three year compilation regular season record of 33 – 15?

The Truth

February 26th, 2011
1:04 am

I’m tired of everyone on here complaining about the Falcons only drafting players with good character. You can point to the Ravens as a team that have less than questionable characters on the team and the one Super Bowl they won. How many Super Bowls have the Patriots won in the last ten years without having the “Problem” players? A few. Someone mentioned Revis on the Jets. Last I looked, the Jets haven’t won a Super Bowl in a long time.

How about Green Bay? Can you tell me who on their team didn’t have the same character as what the Falcons look for? How about the Saints the year before that? Oh yeah, that is right. They didn’t have those type of players either. What about the Steelers? Can you point out their team members? Didn’t think so.

More often than not the teams that win consistently and have the opportunity to make the playoffs and have a shot at winning the Super Bowl don’t have the problem child or highly questionable character. That is a fact.

Dimitrioff has helped to take a team that has NEVER had back to back winning seasons to two playoff appearances in a row and now three winning seasons together. If only Indianapolis listed to idiots like you, they would never have been the dominating team they have been.

The Truth

February 26th, 2011
1:13 am

Noodle Arm – You are an idiot because you are saying that the team that put together a 33-15 record in three years doesn’t know what they are doing because they haven’t won a playoff game. Never mind the 33 -15 record in 3 years and continuing to improve upon that record each year.

By your logic, you’d rather have the Seattle Seahawks record of 16-32 over the last three years but they won a playoff game so that is better. By the way, that is a losing record every year with one playoff win in a year that they went 7-9.

That is definitely the consistency and positive momentum I want to see out of my team.

JSS

February 26th, 2011
1:26 am

Wow!!! That “shellacking” has you all turning on each other and the “Boy Wonders!”

Even the “self-professed best Falcons fan” is on here telling “Mountain Bike Tom” to cut off his “Maynard G. Krebs!” Like that is some kind of prerequisite to making good decisions…

Well it was interesting read from this stand point, the system takes precedence over the level of the best available talent on the board… Say this for Belichick, he’ll take any kind of player and get the most out of everyone. From an All-Pro like Corey Dillion and Randy Moss (supposedly uncoachable players) to ultimate “team first” players like Troy Brown, Tedy Bruschi, and Ted Johnston; they look at talent and the other parts…

Oh yeah, Bedford Forrest, 1-9-6-6, ha ha!!!

JSS

February 26th, 2011
1:44 am

“More often than not the teams that win consistently and have the opportunity to make the playoffs and have a shot at winning the Super Bowl don’t have the problem child or highly questionable character. That is a fact.”

Rodney Harrison, Ty Law, Corey Dillion, Asante Samuel, and Vince Wilfolk…
Ben Roethlisberger, Jeff Reed, Joey Porter…
Brandon Jacobs, Jeremy Shockey, and Plaxico Burress,

The list goes on and on…

Noodle Arm

February 26th, 2011
1:47 am

The Truth. The truth is they did not improve every year of this regime. My team, as well as yours, went 11-5, then 9-7, then a very lucky 13-3. Our team, as constructed, might have won a Super Bowl 10 or 15 years ago. The game has changed. The Falcon “mind set” has not. It doesn’t make any sense. The first round playoff massacre is unacceptable. Someone should be held accountable. I say it starts at the top! And after spending years trying to “get faster” to play on the artificial turf of the Georgia Dome — now we hear they want to build a new, outdoor stadium. The list goes on and on….

Sid

February 26th, 2011
8:22 am

Noodle Arm…………..the first part of you’re cognomen, exactly as it relates to your sissy manhood.

10 or 15 years ago? Why hold a grudge? Look at the ownership then and now and tell me we arn’t going in the right direction.

Runnin With The Dawgs

February 26th, 2011
8:27 am

I didn’t see anywhere that he said anything about a particular player or position he was concentrating on. I’ll be looking forward to hearing his assesment of the combine.

True Falcon Fan

February 26th, 2011
8:48 am

Fellows, relax TD & Coaching Sraff they are the best we’ve “EVER HAD”!!!! —- The question I’ve got, are all you boyz, grils & whatevers —- Ya’ll ready come 2017 to go “Buckhead” and watch the games???? — “Now that’s what i’m talkin’ about”

True Falcon Fan

February 26th, 2011
8:51 am

New stadium ya’ll —- In Buckhead Not downtown ATL —- color 2017 a wonderful year!

Ryan highly overrated

February 26th, 2011
9:13 am

you still believe in fool gold ? This was Matt best year but he has been exposed in the last play off they know he has a weak arm and when the run game is off he can not do it with his arm weaknessthe long ball?Fact proof? the last game. again fool gold!!

No clue

February 26th, 2011
9:26 am

Hey robertussen. Name all of the great players TD has drafted. GM of the year doesn’t mean much. Super Bowls are what counts. And you idiots who say Clay Matthews doesn’t fit our system, maybe we need a new system. But I think he has proved he can play in any system. Drafting often injured players every year just isn’t cutting it.

JSS

February 26th, 2011
9:53 am

Noodle Arm
February 26th, 2011
1:47 am
“Our team, as constructed, might have won a Super Bowl 10 or 15 years ago. The game has changed. The Falcon “mind set” has not. It doesn’t make any sense. The first round playoff massacre is unacceptable. Someone should be held accountable. I say it starts at the top! ”

Sid
February 26th, 2011
8:22 am
“10 or 15 years ago? Why hold a grudge? Look at the ownership then and now and tell me we arn’t going in the right direction.”

See this is why I call this blog “Snarky Central!” The latter statement is just silly. The blogger clearly said the Falcons as presently constituted was built to win in the NFL of the mid 90’s to maybe around 2001 when Ravens and Giants (two really offensively challenged teams) met for the title.

I will disagree with Noodle Arm on this point. There is no team (that competed in Super Bowls) between 1995-2001 that the 2008-2010 Falcons would be able stay on the field for 4 quarters. I’ll amend that, maybe they could hang with the 2000 Giants because they had a mental midget at QB (Kerry Collins)!

Navigator

February 26th, 2011
10:10 am

Not since the early nineties has Atlanta had a franchise the fans could trust, until now. The Braves were the first and now the Falcons, and Dimitroff gives hope for the future. For the history of the Falcons, we wanted them to have consistently year in and out. Now we have that, and for the first time the fans know we can start thinking about the pieces needed to win a championship. This is virgin territory for us, and most of us are extremely happy.

Mike Jay

February 26th, 2011
10:50 am

Top 5 offense. That is what the Falcons had last year. I think some of you forget that.

JSS

February 26th, 2011
11:04 am

Mike Jay
February 26th, 2011
10:50 am
“Top 5 offense. That is what the Falcons had last year. I think some of you forget that.”

You sure did, they were No. 6 in the NFC (total offense stats)… They were only Top 5 in rushing, points per game in the NFC. League wide, the Falcons were No. 16 in offensive statistics…

Trailboss

February 26th, 2011
11:23 am

I don’t give a fat ASS who the Falcons get in the 1st, round if you’re not going to let them play… DC get you six 350 pounders and play your
3-4 we seen to fotget at this fast pace they need rest to keep them freash. COACHING.

Mike Jay

February 26th, 2011
11:32 am

Pts per game they were #5 in all of the NFL not just the NFC.(check your stats). Since scoring points is the point ,so to speak of an offense, I think that qualifies as the best gauge of it. Yards are great and all but if you can’t finish the deal somebody is left unfulfilled so to speak.