Atlanta Falcons must finish the season on positive note
Dec 28, 2014; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff shown on the sideline against the Carolina Panthers during the second half at the Georgia Dome. The Panthers defeated the Falcons 34-3. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports
5. Is it time to move on from Thomas Dimitroff?
Our very own Eric Robinson wrote a great article this week looking at Thomas Dimitroff, and Robinson believes it’s time to move on from Thomas Dimitroff. It’s well worth reading the full article, which you can find here.
"“The list of Dimitroff’s errors have piled up to make the average Falcons fan feel nauseous. The drafting of LT Sam Baker, CB Chevis Jackson, FS Thomas DeCoud, DT Peria Jerry, CB Chris Owens, DE Lawrence Sidbury, LB Akeem Dent, DE Peter Konz, OT Lamar Holmes and DE Prince Shembo just to name a few.”"
Dimitroff needs to be praised for what he’s done right. The move to trade up and select Julio Jones was bold, and could have lost him his job had it not paid off. But it did. Sure, the lost picks could have hurt the ability to add depth to the roster, but Jones is a special talent.
The selection of Matt Ryan was a good one. The hiring of Dan Quinn was the right move, too. Quinn has a vision for where he wants this team to go in the coming years, and I have no doubt he will turn the Falcons into that club.
But as Robinson points out, for all the good, there has been a lot wrong. If a change is to be made at the top, it shouldn’t be Quinn. It shouldn’t be Kyle Shanahan.
Unfortunately, it should be Dimitroff.