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Atlanta Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff, 2010-2011 (Part 2)

Comprehensive Analysis of Dimitroff’s Moves, 2010-2011

Dimitroff Over the Years (AJC)

After a general manager has been with a team for several years, the best analysis that can be done is to look at every move over their tenure and see if it was great, good, bad, or terrible. Obviously, the GM’s that have more hits than misses, like Schneider, Ozzie Newsome, Jerry Reese, and Ted Thompson before him, give their teamsC the best chance to hoist the Lombardi Trophy. Dimitroff has constructed a team that has made the playoffs 4 out of 6 years, held the #1 NFC seed twice, and hosted an NFC Title Game. Those teams also boast a dreadful 1-4 overall playoff record. The GM and front office is only part of the equation, for the good and bad, but without a strong front office, it’s next to impossible to win the whole thing. Same goes for coaching staff and committed owner.

Veteran Cuts / Free Agent Non-resigns

Marty Booker, Verron Haynes, Aaron Stecker, Tony Gilbert, Mike Schneck, Joe …

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Atlanta Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff, 2008-2009 (Part 1)

A Comprehensive Analysis of Dimitroff’s Moves, 2008-09

Detailed Look at TD's Moves (AJC)

*****Part 1 in a 3 Part Series on All of Dimitroff’s Moves as Falcons GM*****

As fans get geared up for the 2014 off-season and all the action that follows, the front office and coaching staff have a lot at stake in trying to correct the nightmare of 2013. There’s plenty of time before free agency starts and even longer until the draft kicks off. That provides a good opportunity to look every aspect of the Falcons organization the last 6 years: the good, the bad, and the really ugly.

Not Exactly Patriot Way South (AJC)

Thomas Dimitroff has been one of the main reasons for the Falcons success over those 6 seasons. He’s won Executive of the Year twice and has even created his own “GM Tree,” having Les Snead become GM for the St. Louis Rams and Dave Caldwell being hired as the Jacksonville Jaguars the very next year. There was even talk of his next in line, Lionel Vital, being hired as the …

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Falcons – Seahawks take Divergent Paths from 2012/13 Playoffs

One’s a Super Bowl Champ; The Other Won 4 Games

The Seattle Seahawks finish the 2013 NFL season as the Super Bowl Champions. All Falcons fans could do was wonder how the Seahawks made it look so darn easy. Many also probably didn’t actually believe that it was the Falcons who beat the Seahawks in last year’s playoffs. Yes, it did happen, even though it’s impossible to believe after Seattle’s team hoist the prized Lombardi. On the most obvious level, the two teams couldn’t be farther apart. One just won the Super Bowl in one of the biggest lopsided blowouts in recent memory. The Falcons struggled to win 4 games and were absolutely the biggest disappointment of the 2013 season.

To be fair, the Seahawks were and are superior to most teams in the NFL. However, when looking deeper, it’s mind-blowing how the two teams arrived at their 2013 final destination, particularly in how the teams were built, how they play, and how they’re coached, among other things. The Seahawks coaching …

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