FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. – The Falcons announced the signing of general manager Thomas Dimitroff and head coach Dan Quinn to three-year contract extensions on Wednesday morning, making their contracts congruent and keeping them together through the 2022 season.
"The partnership between Dan Quinn and Thomas Dimitroff has proven to be as successful as we envisioned back in 2015," said Falcons owner and chairman Arthur Blank. "I believe continuity in leadership is vital to achieving the highest levels of success in any organization and, with these extensions, we ensure these two leaders will be at the helm of our franchise for years to come. Their shared vision and long view plan has already delivered on a variety of levels and has positioned our team for success into the future. My expectations for our team to represent our city and fans well on and off the field remain very high and so does my confidence in Dan and Thomas to make that happen."
Quinn was named the 16th head coach in Falcons history in February of 2015. In his first three seasons, he has compiled a 29-19 regular-season record with two postseason appearances, leading the club to an NFC title and its second Super Bowl appearance in 2016. In five playoff games, Quinn is 3-2 with the Falcons. Atlanta was the only NFC team to return to the playoffs in 2017 for the second consecutive year.
Dimitroff joined the Falcons in 2008 and helped orchestrate the most successful run in franchise history, including five consecutive winning seasons from 2008-12 and three straight playoff berths – a first in franchise history. A two-time Executive of the Year honoree by The Sporting News in 2008 and 2010, Dimitroff brought with him a team-building philosophy that centered around building the core of the roster through the draft and supplementing with key additions through free agency.
Since they began working together a little more than three years ago, Dimitroff's philosophy on building through the draft and Quinn's clear vision of the type of players needed for his team have helped the Falcons create one of the NFL's best rosters. Dimitroff and Quinn have crafted a roster focused on fast and physical athletes, and they've incorporated a system to develop younger players into impactful assets to the team.
With the re-signing of general manager Thomas Dimitroff and head coach Dan Quinn to three-year contract extensions, take a look back at the competitive roster they've built together.
"I'd like to thank Arthur for displaying the confidence in Thomas and myself, and our vision for this team," Quinn said. "The partnership we have formed over the last four years has continued to get stronger and our view for how we structure this team has become even more clear. We are looking forward to the challenge in front of us, but I could not be more excited about continuing this journey with Thomas and the brotherhood."
In the 2017 playoffs, the Falcons had 17 starters – nine on defense and eight on offense – who were either drafted or signed by the team as college free agents.
The Falcons have selected three eventual Pro Bowl players since 2015 – Vic Beasley, Keanu Neal and Deion Jones – and they've drafted a number of cornerstone pieces as well in Grady Jarrett, Tevin Coleman, Austin Hooper, De'Vondre Campbell and Takkarist McKinley.
Combining a clear vision for building the roster and a commitment to develop and rely on younger players early in their careers has helped the Falcons have great success in the later rounds of the draft. Day-three picks like Ricardo Allen, Devonta Freeman, Wes Schweitzer and Jarrett have all developed into starters, while Ryan Schraeder and Brian Poole have also become reliable starters, despite not hearing their names called during the NFL Draft.
"I couldn't ask for a better co-team builder to be partnered with than Dan," said Dimitroff. "I am appreciative of the support and confidence that Arthur continues to show us as we strive to bring a championship to this city and our fans. I am excited about where our team is currently as well as the outlook we have for the foreseeable future."
On the field, the Falcons have quickly become one of the league's primary contenders. In 2016, the Falcons boasted one of the best offenses in NFL history, and they have also built a defense that finished as a top-10 unit in both scoring and total defense in 2017 – the first time Atlanta has accomplished that feat since 1998.
Entering the 2018 season, the Falcons are once again expected to make a run at the playoffs for the third year in a row.
In their short time together, Dimitroff and Quinn have built a roster capable of thriving in the modern NFL landscape. With new three-year contract extensions in hand, they can continue their vision and maintain their partnership for the foreseeable future.