Tag:Mike Smith Extension
Posted on: March 9, 2011 2:40 pm
Edited on: March 9, 2011 2:41 pm

Thomas Dimitroff gets multi-year extension

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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Posted on: February 3, 2011 11:06 am

Mike Smith gets 3-year extension from Falcons

Posted by Will Brinson

The Falcons announced on Thursday that they signed head coach Mike Smith to a three-year extension, the terms of which were not disclosed.

Smith, 33-17 in three years with the Falcons, has yet to win a postseason game, but he and GM Thomas Dimitroff's turnaround of Atlanta's franchise is nothing short of remarkable, and the extension is well deserved.

"When we hired Mike Smith in 2008, we believed we had found the total package: a head coach with strong leadership skills and experience and the track record to back it up, and a man of high character and integrity," Falcons Owner & CEO Arthur Blank said. "In his three seasons with us, Coach Smith has demonstrated all of these characteristics, and then some."

Smith won the AP Coach of the Year award in 2008, and the Sporting News Coach of the Year award in 2010.

"I am looking forward to continuing to build upon the solid foundation we have in place within our organization and on our football team," Smith said. "I’d like to personally thank both Arthur and [General Manager] Thomas Dimitroff for their outstanding support and guidance. We are going to continue to work as hard as we can to bring a championship to Falcons fans and to the city of Atlanta."

It seems pretty likely that the Falcons will seek to extend Dimitroff as well -- it's been clear that ownership loves the direction of the franchise and locking the coach and GM into similar deals only serves to solidify Atlanta's future success.

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