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Thomas Dimitroff
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Since his arrival in Atlanta on January 13, 2008, Falcons General Manager Thomas Dimitroff has been committed to bringing a sustainable winning team to the city of Atlanta. During his first six seasons, the architect of the Falcons roster witnessed the team win 60 games, post five consecutive winning seasons between 2008 and 2012 and earned three consecutive playoff berths for the first time in franchise history from 2010 to 2012. But following the 2014 season, Dimitroff was tasked with assisting Owner & Chairman Arthur Blank with finding a new head coach.

Follwing a lengthy search, Blank decided on former Seattle Seahawks Defensive Coordinator Dan Quinn. So the Super Bowl pedigree that Dimitroff learned from New England will now be teamed with Quinn and his consecutive Super Bowl appearances in Seattle (2013 & 2014), including a win in Super Bowl XLVIII against the Denver Broncos. It was very clear to Quinn early on how he envisioned his relationship with Dimitroff.

“When I had a chance to talk to some other clubs as I went through it, this one was the best fit for me. Starting with Mr. Blank and then with Thomas. He was the guy that I connected with right away, that I knew I wanted to partner with. I saw that relationship work strongly in Seattle with Pete (Carrol) and John (Schneider). That’s what I was looking for, somebody to partner up with to do it together. When I had a chance to connect with Thomas, we had a lot of mutual friends, guys that I respect in the business, but it was that partnership made this one so unique for me.”

Dimitroff has been named Executive of the Year by Sporting News two times (2008 & 2010) during his seven seasons in Atlanta. In the draft, he has selected franchise cornerstones QB Matt Ryan, WR Julio Jones, T Jake Matthews, S William Moore, CB Desmond Trufant and OLB Vic Beasley, in addition to adding key veterans via free agency like G Jon Asamoah, DT Paul Soliai, WR Devin Hester and DE Tyson Jackson, LB Justin Durant and OLB Brooks Reed to shore up key positions. In 2008 and 2009, his acquisitions of RB Michael Turner and TE Tony Gonzalez sparked the Falcons most successful five-year run in Falcons history.

Last season, Atlanta finished 6-10 and was eliminated from the playoffs after a Week 17 loss to the Carolina Panthers. The disappointing season not only led to a change at head coach, but it meant revamping the roster to fit Coach Quinn’s schemes both offensively and defensively. Dimitroff and his personnel department made 21 moves prior to the draft as they re-calibrated the roster. Atlanta re-signed nine of their own players including; K Matt Bryant, RB Antone Smith, WR Eric Weems, FB Patrick DiMarco and S Charles Godfrey.

When the free agency period began, Atlanta focused on adding speed to both sides of the ball. Dimitroff and the Falcons signed 12 players in free agency including; LB Justin Durant, G Mike Person, OLB Brooks Reed, WR Leonard Hankerson, CB Phillip Adams, DE O’Brien Schofield and DE Adrian Clayborn.

With the focus turned to the Draft, Dimitroff and Quinn honed in on the defensive side of the ball and addressing the team’s pass rush. With the eighth overall pick, Atlanta selected Adairsville, GA native and Clemson DE/OLB Vic Beasley. Beasley amassed 101 tackles, 52.5 tackles for loss, 33 sacks, 29 quarterback pressures, 11 passes defensed, seven forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and scored two touchdowns in 48 career games as a Tiger. Dimitroff and Quinn went defense again in the second round when they added LSU cornerback Jalen Collins before addressing a couple of offensive needs in the third (RB Tevin Coleman, Indiana) and fourth (WR Justin Hardy, ECU) rounds. The Falcons went back to Clemson University for their fifth round selection and added Conyers, GA native DT Grady Jarrett. Atlanta finished out the 2015 Draft with two seventh round picks (T Jake Rodgers, Eastern Washington and CB Akeem King, San Jose State).

With the roster re-tooled for the 2015 season and the hiring of Quinn, Dimitroff has taken the initial steps to bring the Falcons back into the relevant conversation and has painted a very clear picture for the future of this team.

The 2013 season proved to be the most challenging for Dimitroff and the Falcons. The team faced a number of injuries to key players and finished the year with a 4-12 record. There were changes to the coaching staff, but Dimitroff was focused on adjustments to his personnel department and the roster. He added two former general managers to his staff, Billy Devaney and Scott Pioli. Shortly after adding experienced talent evaluators to his staff, Dimitroff’s focus turned to improving the roster.

He was very open about his evaluation of the offensive and defensive lines performance in 2013 and he knew there needed to be upgrades to both sides.

Dimitroff was true to his word as he re-worked the Falcons roster in the offseason. On the first day of free agency, the Falcons added G Jon Asamoah, NT Paul Soliai, and DE Tyson Jackson. The three men joined the previously signed OL Gabe Carimi to add grittiness and stoutness to both the offensive and defensive lines. Atlanta also re-signed five players that play along either the offensive or defensive lines. Dimitroff orchestrated 13 moves in free agency and nine of them were along the lines. Atlanta also signed the most prolific returner in NFL history when they added WR Devin Hester.

Once the dust settled after free agency, Dimitroff and his staff dialed into their draft preparation. He continued to stay true to the plan and selected Texas A&M tackle Jack Matthews with the sixth pick overall. At the top of the second round, Atlanta selected DE Ra’Shede Hageman from Minnesota to continue to bolster the defensive line. After making 11 total moves in the offseason to address the lines, Dimitroff’s focus in the draft switched to other positions and needs. Atlanta also added CB Dezmen Southward, RB Devonta Freeman, OLB Prince Shembo, CB Ricardo Allen, LB Marquis Spruill, LB Yawin Smallwood and OLB Tyler Starr.

Dimitroff’s calculated, yet aggressive tactics on draft day came into play once again during the 2013 Draft. Since arriving in Atlanta, the Falcons have made at least one trade during the draft and that approach continued in 2013. Atlanta held the 30th pick in the first round, but they knew the player they coveted would not make it past the 23rd selection. Dimitroff called one of his former lieutenants and now General Manager of the St. Louis Rams, Les Snead, who held the 22nd pick. The trade allowed the Falcons to acquire CB Desmond Trufant from the University of Washington. Trufant was the player Atlanta had their sights set on the entire time, but Dimitroff knew they would have to be aggressive to make sure they obtained their target.

Dimitroff’s drive to excel and Coach Smith’s guidance on the field propelled the Falcons to an NFC-best 13-3 record in 2012. Prior to the 2012 Draft, Dimitroff made another aggressive move to help fill a need on the roster. The Falcons did not have a first round selection, but Dimitroff did not let that deter him from adding an impact player to the fold. As the Draft approached, he reached out the Philadelphia Eagles to see if there was any way he could re-unite with former New England Patriots CB Asante Samuel. The move was made to acquire the four-time Pro Bowl corner and two-time Super Bowl Champion on April 25, 2011 when the Falcons sent a seventh round selection to the Eagles for Samuel. The move paid dividends immediately as Samuel started 15 games and tallied 39 tackles, a team-high 19 passes defensed and five interceptions in his first season with the Falcons.

Samuel was not the only Dimitroff acquisition that led the Birds to the NFC Championship Game for the first time since 2004. Atlanta had three players voted to the Pro Bowl and all three were acquired by Dimitroff. His first ever draft pick, QB Matt Ryan, future Hall of Fame tight end Tony Gonzalez, and 2011 first round draft pick Julio Jones all made the Pro Bowl and played key roles in the Falcons securing their first playoff victory in the Dimitroff and Smith regime.

Ryan, the third overall selection in the 2008 Draft, flourished under the guidance of Offensive Coordinator Dirk Koetter in their first season together. Ryan set career and franchise single-season highs in passing yards (4,719), attempts (615), completions (422), touchdown passes (32) and completion percentage (68.6) while starting all 16 games. He also helped guide the Falcons offense to the seventh ranked passing attack (292.0 ypg) in the NFL and the sixth ranked scoring offense (26.2 ppg) in the League. Ryan earned his second Pro Bowl appearance in 2012 while leading Atlanta to the NFC Championship Game for the first time since 2004.

Despite suffering a first round playoff loss to the New York Giants in 2011, Atlanta’s 2011 regular season was filled with memorable moments and significant accomplishments. Ryan produced a solid season by setting at that time the franchise- record for passing yards (4,177) in addition to throwing 29 touchdowns and finishing the season with a 92.2 passer rating. Ryan’s record-setting performance was joined by RB Michael Turner and WR Roddy White who entered the pages of Falcons history. Turner broke RB Gerald Riggs’ franchise record of 48 rushing touchdowns with two scores against Tampa Bay in Week 17, giving him 50 as a Falcon. “The Burner” also led the NFC in rushing yards with 1,340 yards and added 11 touchdowns on the season.

In each season since ascending to the General Managers position in Atlanta, Dimitroff has astutely engineered key moves and deftly drafted a solid nucleus of players to bolster the Falcons roster.

Dimitroff did not rest on his laurels during the 2011 Draft. His philosophy of addressing the needs of the team and being aggressive if the organization believes it is the right move was put on display once again. Atlanta held the 27th overall pick entering the draft. While most thought Dimitroff would stay put and take the best player available at 27, he had a different thought. Dimitroff reached out to the Cleveland Browns, who held the number six pick, in hopes of landing an impactful player to help the team. With Dimitroff’s keen sense for the draft and talent evaluation, the Falcons manufactured a trade with the Browns and selected University of Alabama wide receiver Julio Jones with the sixth pick.

In 2010, Atlanta’s 13-3 mark was spearheaded by Ryan. He set then career highs in passing attempts (571), touchdowns (28), yards (3,705), completion percentage (62.5), quarterback rating (91.0) and set a franchise record for completions (357). His performance earned him his first Pro Bowl appearance and was joined by eight of his teammates. Ryan enjoyed the company of defensive end John Abraham, tackle Tyson Clabo, tight end Tony Gonzalez, cornerback Brent Grimes, fullback Ovie Mughelli, running back Michael Turner, specialist Eric Weems and wide receiver Roddy White in Hawaii. The Falcons roster, which Dimitroff and his staff devote countless hours into also produced four players who earned All-Pro honors in 2010. Abraham and White were each All-Pro first team selections, while Mughelli and Turner garnered second team recognition.

Dimitroff’s forward thinking and aggressive but calculated nature has allowed the Falcons to be players in the free agency market each year, and the 2010 offseason was no different. He knew he wanted to upgrade the defense and Dimitroff and his staff wasted little time in doing so.

With an eye towards improving a young Falcons secondary, Dimitroff targeted and signed talented five-year veteran cornerback Dunta Robinson from the Houston Texans two days after free agency opened. An Athens, Georgia native, Robinson brought a veteran presence and a stalwart reputation back home with him. His impact was felt throughout the defense as DE John Abraham collected 13 sacks and the corner opposite of Robinson, Brent Grimes, posted a franchise-high 23 passes defensed and tied for the team lead in interceptions with five.

The Robinson signing allowed Dimitroff important flexibility when entering his third draft. Dimitroff enjoyed another successful needs-based draft in 2010, selecting speedy, playmaking outside linebacker Sean Weatherspoon from Missouri with the 19th overall pick in the first round. Additional picks included defensive tackle Corey Peters (Kentucky) and offensive lineman Michael Johnson (Alabama), as well as offensive lineman Joe Hawley (4th round, UNLV), cornerback Dominique Franks (5th round, Oklahoma), wide receiver Kerry Meier (5th round, Kansas), and safety Shann Schillinger (6th round, Montana).

Every move Dimitroff makes is well-thought out and calculated and forward-thinking with one goal in mind. Assembling the best football team he can is paramount in his daily thought process and he’s aggressively determined to get the Falcons to the next level.

That inherent, tireless drive is one of the main reasons why Dimitroff has been so successful throughout his 20-plus years in the NFL. A product of the championship producing ways in New England, Dimitroff is all about building a winner who is able to compete at the highest level each and every season. He has an acute ability to not only focus on the team’s needs of the present, but to plan for a sustainable future for the franchise.

The 2009 Atlanta Falcons capped off their first back-to-back winning seasons in the history of the franchise with a 20-10 victory at Tampa Bay in the season finale. For long-time Falcons fans, this was quite a monumental feat. But for Dimitroff and his staff, this was just another block in the foundation for this Falcons team.

Before the 2009 season kicked off, Dimitroff went looking for another target for Ryan and the Falcons offense to improve their efficiency when he traded for future Hall of Fame tight end Tony Gonzalez of the Kansas City Chiefs on the eve of the 2009 draft. Gonzalez delivered in a big way with 83 receptions, second-best on team, and six touchdowns, including the game-winner at the New York Jets on a fourth down with 1:38 remaining. Gonzalez was also a positive and winning presence in the Falcons locker room. He possesses the type of leadership qualities Dimitroff looks to add to the roster each season.

Part of Dimitroff’s master plan also includes adding other veterans when needed to shore up his units. For example in 2009, he signed savvy veteran players like linebacker Mike Peterson and cornerback Brian Williams. Peterson finished second on the team with 140 tackles, starting all 16 games, while Williams supplied a punch to the secondary for the first five starts to the season before being lost with a knee injury.

When he feels he needs to make a move to bolster the roster or retain core players, the decisive Dimitroff doesn’t stand idle for very long. He extended the contract of veteran wide receiver Roddy White prior to the start of the 2009 regular season. White responded with another stellar campaign that landed him in his second straight Pro Bowl with a team leading 85 catches for 1,153 yards and a career-best 11 touchdowns.

In 2008, Dimitroff’s first move was signing talented free agent running back Michael Turner from San Diego. Turner fittingly exploded onto the scene as a full-time starter for the first time in his career, finishing with 1,699 rushing yards with a club record 17 touchdowns on his way to his first Pro Bowl, while finishing second in MVP voting.

Dimitroff’s initial ‘08 draft was a windfall, delivering franchise quarterback Matt Ryan, the consensus NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year, starting left tackle Sam Baker, starting middle linebacker and All-NFL rookie selection, Curtis Lofton, and eventual starting free safety Thomas DeCoud. His adept choices also included solid contributors in wide receiver Harry Douglas and defensive end Kroy Biermann.

Dimitroff’s belief that the NFL draft is a major building block to establish a team’s foundation for years to come has been the impetus for the Falcons’ winning ways since 2008.

Dimitroff is responsible for all aspects of football operations with the Falcons and working with Head Coach Dan Quinn when constructing the roster. He has final authority over all the signing of free agents, the selection of players in the draft, and trades. He will also handle coordinating other football-related activities with Coach Quinn.

Dimitroff earned his climb up the NFL mountain to General Manager by working his way through the scouting ranks as a combine/BLESTO Scout, an Area Scout, National Scout, and College Director of Scouting.

His father was a big influence on his life. Tom Dimitroff was a high school, college, and pro coach turned NFL scout (and a former NFL quarterback for the old Boston Patriots). Other key influences that have also helped shape Dimitroff’s philosophy today and aided in his rise to his current post include Falcons Assistant General Manager Scott Pioli and New England Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick.

The younger Dimitroff took a genuine desire for scouting players to the ultimate level early in his life. He became the Canadian Scouting Coordinator for the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the CFL in 1990 as his first taste into the world of scouting. In 1992, he moved on to the World League of American Football, where he scouted all NFL, CFL and World League rosters while tracking player transactions for the NFL’s developmental league.

Dimitroff’s career aspirations brought him to the NFL and the Detroit Lions where he became a College Scout in 1994. It was in his years as Scout for the Lions that he was introduced to Atlanta for the first time (living in the Virginia Highlands area) while evaluating the Southeastern part of the country. From there, Dimitroff made his way back to Cleveland in 1998 as a College Scout for the Browns for four years before landing in New England in 2002.

During his five years as the Director of College Scouting in New England (2003-07), he was responsible for overseeing area scouts who evaluated all of the nation’s college prospects while scouting and tracking the development and availability of drafted players. The Patriots had a 77–17 overall record in Dimitroff’s tenure and they won back to back Super Bowls in 2003 (XXXVIII) and 2004 (XXXIX), while making a historic march on a perfect 2007 regular season.

Dimitroff captained his college team as a defensive back at the University of Guelph (Canada) from 1987–1989. He was born in Barberton, Ohio, in 1966. Thomas and his wife, Angeline, have one son, Mason and one daughter, Aja Neve, and live in Atlanta.

Since his arrival in Atlanta on January 13, 2008, Falcons General Manager Thomas Dimitroff has been committed to bringing a sustainable winning team to the city of Atlanta. During his first six seasons, the architect of the Falcons roster witnessed the team win 60 games, post five consecutive winning seasons between 2008 and 2012 and earned three consecutive playoff berths for the first time in franchise history from 2010 to 2012. But following the 2014 season, Dimitroff was tasked with assisting Owner & Chairman Arthur Blank with finding a new head coach.

Follwing a lengthy search, Blank decided on former Seattle Seahawks Defensive Coordinator Dan Quinn. So the Super Bowl pedigree that Dimitroff learned from New England will now be teamed with Quinn and his consecutive Super Bowl appearances in Seattle (2013 & 2014), including a win in Super Bowl XLVIII against the Denver Broncos. It was very clear to Quinn early on how he envisioned his relationship with Dimitroff.

“When I had a chance to talk to some other clubs as I went through it, this one was the best fit for me. Starting with Mr. Blank and then with Thomas. He was the guy that I connected with right away, that I knew I wanted to partner with. I saw that relationship work strongly in Seattle with Pete (Carrol) and John (Schneider). That’s what I was looking for, somebody to partner up with to do it together. When I had a chance to connect with Thomas, we had a lot of mutual friends, guys that I respect in the business, but it was that partnership made this one so unique for me.”

Dimitroff has been named Executive of the Year by Sporting News two times (2008 & 2010) during his seven seasons in Atlanta. In the draft, he has selected franchise cornerstones QB Matt Ryan, WR Julio Jones, T Jake Matthews, S William Moore, CB Desmond Trufant and OLB Vic Beasley, in addition to adding key veterans via free agency like G Jon Asamoah, DT Paul Soliai, WR Devin Hester and DE Tyson Jackson, LB Justin Durant and OLB Brooks Reed to shore up key positions. In 2008 and 2009, his acquisitions of RB Michael Turner and TE Tony Gonzalez sparked the Falcons most successful five-year run in Falcons history.

Last season, Atlanta finished 6-10 and was eliminated from the playoffs after a Week 17 loss to the Carolina Panthers. The disappointing season not only led to a change at head coach, but it meant revamping the roster to fit Coach Quinn’s schemes both offensively and defensively. Dimitroff and his personnel department made 21 moves prior to the draft as they re-calibrated the roster. Atlanta re-signed nine of their own players including; K Matt Bryant, RB Antone Smith, WR Eric Weems, FB Patrick DiMarco and S Charles Godfrey.

When the free agency period began, Atlanta focused on adding speed to both sides of the ball. Dimitroff and the Falcons signed 12 players in free agency including; LB Justin Durant, G Mike Person, OLB Brooks Reed, WR Leonard Hankerson, CB Phillip Adams, DE O’Brien Schofield and DE Adrian Clayborn.

With the focus turned to the Draft, Dimitroff and Quinn honed in on the defensive side of the ball and addressing the team’s pass rush. With the eighth overall pick, Atlanta selected Adairsville, GA native and Clemson DE/OLB Vic Beasley. Beasley amassed 101 tackles, 52.5 tackles for loss, 33 sacks, 29 quarterback pressures, 11 passes defensed, seven forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and scored two touchdowns in 48 career games as a Tiger. Dimitroff and Quinn went defense again in the second round when they added LSU cornerback Jalen Collins before addressing a couple of offensive needs in the third (RB Tevin Coleman, Indiana) and fourth (WR Justin Hardy, ECU) rounds. The Falcons went back to Clemson University for their fifth round selection and added Conyers, GA native DT Grady Jarrett. Atlanta finished out the 2015 Draft with two seventh round picks (T Jake Rodgers, Eastern Washington and CB Akeem King, San Jose State).

With the roster re-tooled for the 2015 season and the hiring of Quinn, Dimitroff has taken the initial steps to bring the Falcons back into the relevant conversation and has painted a very clear picture for the future of this team.

The 2013 season proved to be the most challenging for Dimitroff and the Falcons. The team faced a number of injuries to key players and finished the year with a 4-12 record. There were changes to the coaching staff, but Dimitroff was focused on adjustments to his personnel department and the roster. He added two former general managers to his staff, Billy Devaney and Scott Pioli. Shortly after adding experienced talent evaluators to his staff, Dimitroff’s focus turned to improving the roster.

He was very open about his evaluation of the offensive and defensive lines performance in 2013 and he knew there needed to be upgrades to both sides.

Dimitroff was true to his word as he re-worked the Falcons roster in the offseason. On the first day of free agency, the Falcons added G Jon Asamoah, NT Paul Soliai, and DE Tyson Jackson. The three men joined the previously signed OL Gabe Carimi to add grittiness and stoutness to both the offensive and defensive lines. Atlanta also re-signed five players that play along either the offensive or defensive lines. Dimitroff orchestrated 13 moves in free agency and nine of them were along the lines. Atlanta also signed the most prolific returner in NFL history when they added WR Devin Hester.

Once the dust settled after free agency, Dimitroff and his staff dialed into their draft preparation. He continued to stay true to the plan and selected Texas A&M tackle Jack Matthews with the sixth pick overall. At the top of the second round, Atlanta selected DE Ra’Shede Hageman from Minnesota to continue to bolster the defensive line. After making 11 total moves in the offseason to address the lines, Dimitroff’s focus in the draft switched to other positions and needs. Atlanta also added CB Dezmen Southward, RB Devonta Freeman, OLB Prince Shembo, CB Ricardo Allen, LB Marquis Spruill, LB Yawin Smallwood and OLB Tyler Starr.

Dimitroff’s calculated, yet aggressive tactics on draft day came into play once again during the 2013 Draft. Since arriving in Atlanta, the Falcons have made at least one trade during the draft and that approach continued in 2013. Atlanta held the 30th pick in the first round, but they knew the player they coveted would not make it past the 23rd selection. Dimitroff called one of his former lieutenants and now General Manager of the St. Louis Rams, Les Snead, who held the 22nd pick. The trade allowed the Falcons to acquire CB Desmond Trufant from the University of Washington. Trufant was the player Atlanta had their sights set on the entire time, but Dimitroff knew they would have to be aggressive to make sure they obtained their target.

Dimitroff’s drive to excel and Coach Smith’s guidance on the field propelled the Falcons to an NFC-best 13-3 record in 2012. Prior to the 2012 Draft, Dimitroff made another aggressive move to help fill a need on the roster. The Falcons did not have a first round selection, but Dimitroff did not let that deter him from adding an impact player to the fold. As the Draft approached, he reached out the Philadelphia Eagles to see if there was any way he could re-unite with former New England Patriots CB Asante Samuel. The move was made to acquire the four-time Pro Bowl corner and two-time Super Bowl Champion on April 25, 2011 when the Falcons sent a seventh round selection to the Eagles for Samuel. The move paid dividends immediately as Samuel started 15 games and tallied 39 tackles, a team-high 19 passes defensed and five interceptions in his first season with the Falcons.

Samuel was not the only Dimitroff acquisition that led the Birds to the NFC Championship Game for the first time since 2004. Atlanta had three players voted to the Pro Bowl and all three were acquired by Dimitroff. His first ever draft pick, QB Matt Ryan, future Hall of Fame tight end Tony Gonzalez, and 2011 first round draft pick Julio Jones all made the Pro Bowl and played key roles in the Falcons securing their first playoff victory in the Dimitroff and Smith regime.

Ryan, the third overall selection in the 2008 Draft, flourished under the guidance of Offensive Coordinator Dirk Koetter in their first season together. Ryan set career and franchise single-season highs in passing yards (4,719), attempts (615), completions (422), touchdown passes (32) and completion percentage (68.6) while starting all 16 games. He also helped guide the Falcons offense to the seventh ranked passing attack (292.0 ypg) in the NFL and the sixth ranked scoring offense (26.2 ppg) in the League. Ryan earned his second Pro Bowl appearance in 2012 while leading Atlanta to the NFC Championship Game for the first time since 2004.

Despite suffering a first round playoff loss to the New York Giants in 2011, Atlanta’s 2011 regular season was filled with memorable moments and significant accomplishments. Ryan produced a solid season by setting at that time the franchise- record for passing yards (4,177) in addition to throwing 29 touchdowns and finishing the season with a 92.2 passer rating. Ryan’s record-setting performance was joined by RB Michael Turner and WR Roddy White who entered the pages of Falcons history. Turner broke RB Gerald Riggs’ franchise record of 48 rushing touchdowns with two scores against Tampa Bay in Week 17, giving him 50 as a Falcon. “The Burner” also led the NFC in rushing yards with 1,340 yards and added 11 touchdowns on the season.

In each season since ascending to the General Managers position in Atlanta, Dimitroff has astutely engineered key moves and deftly drafted a solid nucleus of players to bolster the Falcons roster.

Dimitroff did not rest on his laurels during the 2011 Draft. His philosophy of addressing the needs of the team and being aggressive if the organization believes it is the right move was put on display once again. Atlanta held the 27th overall pick entering the draft. While most thought Dimitroff would stay put and take the best player available at 27, he had a different thought. Dimitroff reached out to the Cleveland Browns, who held the number six pick, in hopes of landing an impactful player to help the team. With Dimitroff’s keen sense for the draft and talent evaluation, the Falcons manufactured a trade with the Browns and selected University of Alabama wide receiver Julio Jones with the sixth pick.

In 2010, Atlanta’s 13-3 mark was spearheaded by Ryan. He set then career highs in passing attempts (571), touchdowns (28), yards (3,705), completion percentage (62.5), quarterback rating (91.0) and set a franchise record for completions (357). His performance earned him his first Pro Bowl appearance and was joined by eight of his teammates. Ryan enjoyed the company of defensive end John Abraham, tackle Tyson Clabo, tight end Tony Gonzalez, cornerback Brent Grimes, fullback Ovie Mughelli, running back Michael Turner, specialist Eric Weems and wide receiver Roddy White in Hawaii. The Falcons roster, which Dimitroff and his staff devote countless hours into also produced four players who earned All-Pro honors in 2010. Abraham and White were each All-Pro first team selections, while Mughelli and Turner garnered second team recognition.

Dimitroff’s forward thinking and aggressive but calculated nature has allowed the Falcons to be players in the free agency market each year, and the 2010 offseason was no different. He knew he wanted to upgrade the defense and Dimitroff and his staff wasted little time in doing so.

With an eye towards improving a young Falcons secondary, Dimitroff targeted and signed talented five-year veteran cornerback Dunta Robinson from the Houston Texans two days after free agency opened. An Athens, Georgia native, Robinson brought a veteran presence and a stalwart reputation back home with him. His impact was felt throughout the defense as DE John Abraham collected 13 sacks and the corner opposite of Robinson, Brent Grimes, posted a franchise-high 23 passes defensed and tied for the team lead in interceptions with five.

The Robinson signing allowed Dimitroff important flexibility when entering his third draft. Dimitroff enjoyed another successful needs-based draft in 2010, selecting speedy, playmaking outside linebacker Sean Weatherspoon from Missouri with the 19th overall pick in the first round. Additional picks included defensive tackle Corey Peters (Kentucky) and offensive lineman Michael Johnson (Alabama), as well as offensive lineman Joe Hawley (4th round, UNLV), cornerback Dominique Franks (5th round, Oklahoma), wide receiver Kerry Meier (5th round, Kansas), and safety Shann Schillinger (6th round, Montana).

Every move Dimitroff makes is well-thought out and calculated and forward-thinking with one goal in mind. Assembling the best football team he can is paramount in his daily thought process and he’s aggressively determined to get the Falcons to the next level.

That inherent, tireless drive is one of the main reasons why Dimitroff has been so successful throughout his 20-plus years in the NFL. A product of the championship producing ways in New England, Dimitroff is all about building a winner who is able to compete at the highest level each and every season. He has an acute ability to not only focus on the team’s needs of the present, but to plan for a sustainable future for the franchise.

The 2009 Atlanta Falcons capped off their first back-to-back winning seasons in the history of the franchise with a 20-10 victory at Tampa Bay in the season finale. For long-time Falcons fans, this was quite a monumental feat. But for Dimitroff and his staff, this was just another block in the foundation for this Falcons team.

Before the 2009 season kicked off, Dimitroff went looking for another target for Ryan and the Falcons offense to improve their efficiency when he traded for future Hall of Fame tight end Tony Gonzalez of the Kansas City Chiefs on the eve of the 2009 draft. Gonzalez delivered in a big way with 83 receptions, second-best on team, and six touchdowns, including the game-winner at the New York Jets on a fourth down with 1:38 remaining. Gonzalez was also a positive and winning presence in the Falcons locker room. He possesses the type of leadership qualities Dimitroff looks to add to the roster each season.

Part of Dimitroff’s master plan also includes adding other veterans when needed to shore up his units. For example in 2009, he signed savvy veteran players like linebacker Mike Peterson and cornerback Brian Williams. Peterson finished second on the team with 140 tackles, starting all 16 games, while Williams supplied a punch to the secondary for the first five starts to the season before being lost with a knee injury.

When he feels he needs to make a move to bolster the roster or retain core players, the decisive Dimitroff doesn’t stand idle for very long. He extended the contract of veteran wide receiver Roddy White prior to the start of the 2009 regular season. White responded with another stellar campaign that landed him in his second straight Pro Bowl with a team leading 85 catches for 1,153 yards and a career-best 11 touchdowns.

In 2008, Dimitroff’s first move was signing talented free agent running back Michael Turner from San Diego. Turner fittingly exploded onto the scene as a full-time starter for the first time in his career, finishing with 1,699 rushing yards with a club record 17 touchdowns on his way to his first Pro Bowl, while finishing second in MVP voting.

Dimitroff’s initial ‘08 draft was a windfall, delivering franchise quarterback Matt Ryan, the consensus NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year, starting left tackle Sam Baker, starting middle linebacker and All-NFL rookie selection, Curtis Lofton, and eventual starting free safety Thomas DeCoud. His adept choices also included solid contributors in wide receiver Harry Douglas and defensive end Kroy Biermann.

Dimitroff’s belief that the NFL draft is a major building block to establish a team’s foundation for years to come has been the impetus for the Falcons’ winning ways since 2008.

Dimitroff is responsible for all aspects of football operations with the Falcons and working with Head Coach Dan Quinn when constructing the roster. He has final authority over all the signing of free agents, the selection of players in the draft, and trades. He will also handle coordinating other football-related activities with Coach Quinn.

Dimitroff earned his climb up the NFL mountain to General Manager by working his way through the scouting ranks as a combine/BLESTO Scout, an Area Scout, National Scout, and College Director of Scouting.

His father was a big influence on his life. Tom Dimitroff was a high school, college, and pro coach turned NFL scout (and a former NFL quarterback for the old Boston Patriots). Other key influences that have also helped shape Dimitroff’s philosophy today and aided in his rise to his current post include Falcons Assistant General Manager Scott Pioli and New England Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick.

The younger Dimitroff took a genuine desire for scouting players to the ultimate level early in his life. He became the Canadian Scouting Coordinator for the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the CFL in 1990 as his first taste into the world of scouting. In 1992, he moved on to the World League of American Football, where he scouted all NFL, CFL and World League rosters while tracking player transactions for the NFL’s developmental league.

Dimitroff’s career aspirations brought him to the NFL and the Detroit Lions where he became a College Scout in 1994. It was in his years as Scout for the Lions that he was introduced to Atlanta for the first time (living in the Virginia Highlands area) while evaluating the Southeastern part of the country. From there, Dimitroff made his way back to Cleveland in 1998 as a College Scout for the Browns for four years before landing in New England in 2002.

During his five years as the Director of College Scouting in New England (2003-07), he was responsible for overseeing area scouts who evaluated all of the nation’s college prospects while scouting and tracking the development and availability of drafted players. The Patriots had a 77–17 overall record in Dimitroff’s tenure and they won back to back Super Bowls in 2003 (XXXVIII) and 2004 (XXXIX), while making a historic march on a perfect 2007 regular season.

Dimitroff captained his college team as a defensive back at the University of Guelph (Canada) from 1987–1989. He was born in Barberton, Ohio, in 1966. Thomas and his wife, Angeline, have one son, Mason and one daughter, Aja Neve, and live in Atlanta.