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Thomas Dimitroff gets multi-year extension

Posted on: March 9, 2011 2:40 pm
Edited on: March 9, 2011 2:41 pm
Posted by Will Brinson

The Atlanta Falcons continued locking up their highly successful front office on Wednesday, as they announced that GM Thomas Dimitroff received a multi-year extension.

It had been expected that the Falcons would try and lock up both Dimitroff and Mike Smith. They took care of the latter during Super Bowl week by handing Smith a three-year extension, and now they've got a formidable duo running the team for the foreseeable future.

"First, I would like to thank Mr. Blank for the confidence and support he has shown in me and in Coach Smith over the past three seasons," Dimitroff said. "I look forward to working with Smitty and his coaching staff as we continue our journey of bringing NFL championship caliber football to Falcons fans and to the city of Atlanta."

Terms -- and length -- of the deal weren't disclosed by the team, but it seems pretty logical that Dimitroff will be extended for the same length as Smith. Teams, sensibly, like to keep those working combinations together.

"This extension of Thomas' contract ensures that he and Coach (Mike) Smith, whose contract was extended last month, will be able to continue to work together on solidifying the long-term sustainability and success of our football team," Falcons owner & CEO Arthur M. Blank said. "Thomas has proven himself to be a highly-skilled and talented general manager of our club, and I look forward to the Falcons reaping the benefits of his work for many years to come."

Dimitroff and Smith did a remarkable job of turning the Falcons' franchise around following the departure of Bobby Petrino (and the incarceration of Michael Vick) and have built a pretty formidable base for the future. Blank wisely recognizes that and decided to lock both his architects in for a while.

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I'm a lifelong Falcons fan and I can tell you that as a franchise, we have generally sucked hardcore.  With some rare exceptions, like the drafting of Tommy Nobis and Steve Bartkowski, we historically make terrible draft picks.  We typically finish below .500, and in fact it was only last season that Falcons fans could say that we've finally had 2 winning seasons in a row.  For years the cheap old Smith family owned the team...those guys were so cheap they didn't even make an offer to Deion on his way out the door. 

But now, we've got Arthur Blank, who albeit went through some growing pains, but he actually gives a damn about our city and wants to build a winner.   Now we've got Coach Mike Smith and Thomas Dimitroff locked up to multi-year extensions, who have put winning teams and made winning draft picks over the last 3 seasons, with rare exception.  We've finally got a core of competent, able leaders who know what the F they are doing. 

We're well on our way to being in the elite of the NFC year in and year out.  Blank, Smith, and Dimitroff will bring a Superbowl to Atlanta.  It may not be this year, and it may not be next year, but we've finally got a reason to believe, and it's thanks to these three gentlemen.

 And it feels good, doesn't it Falcons fans?!?!

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