This week, as we get ready for Super Bowl LI in Houston, there will be a lot of talk about Brady, about Ryan, about offense, about defense, but we should be spending more time talking about Thomas Dimitroff and everything he’s done to help get the Falcons to this point. In my mind, the Atlanta GM should have been up for Executive of the Year, but he wasn’t. Despite that, I think it’s important to review his role in the “Rise Up” by the Falcons.
He was trained by Bill Belichick in Cleveland. He learned there, went to New England and gained more experience, and then took over in Atlanta in 2008. He came under fire a couple seasons ago, but has hired good people under him, like Scott Pioli, and has this franchise positioned for a long term run.
Months after he was hired, he selected Matt Ryan in the 1st round of his first draft. That decision speaks for itself. He followed that up with the controversial decision to move up and select WR Julio Jones. He was criticized at the time, but he’s only become an unstoppable force, and arguably the best WR in the game. He also drafted Vic Beasley, who led the NFL in sacks this season. His draft picks include RB’s Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman, OT Jake Matthews, and TE’s Levine Toilolo and Austin Hooper. Take a look at some of his free agent signings – WR Mohamed Sanu, OG Andy Levitre (trade), OC Alex Mack, maybe the best signing in the NFL last offseason, pass rusher Brooks Reed, and run stopper Tyson Jackson. He picked up Patrick DiMarco off waivers. Matt Ryan talks about his value all the time. Taylor Gabriel was another waiver wire pickup, and Chris Chester is a free agent turned starting OG.
Dimitroff has done an awesome job and it’s time that we recognize that. His team is in the Super Bowl and he deserves a lot of credit for what he’s built.Add to My RFN