How can the Falcons fire one (Smith) and not the other (Dimitroff)?

The man in the middle apparently still has a job. (Curtis Compton/AJC)

The man in the middle apparently still has a job. (Curtis Compton/AJC)

The man in the middle apparently still has a job. (Curtis Compton/AJC)

The man in the middle apparently still has a job. (Curtis Compton/AJC)

Mike Smith had to go. That was obvious. But what’s also obvious – to me, if not to Arthur M. Blank – is that this should have been a package firing. The coaching was lacking, yes. But Vincent Thomas Lombardi at his best couldn’t have turned this talent into a Super Bowl team.

We’ll have more on this later – I’m in New Orleans for the Sugar Bowl, having just listened to Alabama’s Blake Sims and Lane Kiffin brief us media types – but for morning purposes I want to return to the doings of Oct. 12. The Falcons were outclassed all ends up in the Georgia Dome by Chicago, which outgained them by 191 yards and won by two touchdowns. The Bears would win two more games. On Black Monday, they likewise fired their coach.

Forget being beaten by the Bengals and the Packers and the Steelers and the Ravens, playoff qualifiers all. What tells us – and should have told A.M. Blank – that the Falcons are lacking in in personnel were the losses to Minnesota and the making-his-first-NFL-start Teddy Bridgewater, to the Giants (who would win only three games after beating the Falcons on Oct. 5) and the Browns (who benched their quarterback shortly thereafter).

Even demonstrably bad teams beat these Falcons, which would seem to make the Falcons themselves demonstrably bad. A general manager who has had seven drafts and seven rounds of free agency to build a complete roster has failed to build anything but a throw-and-catch operation. Thomas Dimitroff should be gone, too.

From myajc: The Falcons need a blank slate; Blank didn’t provide it.

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Some one is reading the blogs for Artie's. It is clear that no one will read the PSL's with Dimitroff.. Arthur's original finance guy from HD left HD under Nardelli and Arthur hired him to run the foundation finances, he was my neighbor. Someone like this who clearly told Arthur that Nardelli was a mistake, is telling him the financially with the PSL's, just read the blogs, Dimitroff has to go.

TNScott
TNScott

TD should definitely be gone. The roster was pretty much built when he arrived, and he had two first round draft picks when he arrived and screwed that up. Picked the wrong QB Ryan over Flacco and wasted another on an injury prone OL(Baker). He then gave him a $41 million contract extension and was on IR this whole season. He gave away 5 draft picks for an injury-prone college wide receiver who has yet to play a full 16 game season. Then gave $100 million to a QB who at the time of the contract signing was 1-4 in the playoffs 9 TD's/7 Ints and an 85 QB Rating. Now I hear that they are looking at Josh McDaniel. How many more Patriot failures does one franchise need. Seriously, McDaniel, Crennel, and Weis. The only tree that has produced worse results than the Belicheck coaching tree was in the Garden of Eden.

Cali Falcon
Cali Falcon

To all the haters who think Dimitroff should have been fired......Just remember who drafted Matt Ryan, the most successful QB in Falcons history.  Who picked up a back up RB in Michael Turner who then Made Falcons History by rushing for the most TDs and has the 2nd most yards behind Gerald Riggs (Which Turner should be first since he only played 5 seasons with the Falcons and Riggs played 7.) Who made a historical draft day trade to get Julio Jones, the most explosive wide receiver in Falcons history and has plenty more years to come.  Who traded to Get Tony Gonzales?  GREAT MOVE and kept us relevant for years. Who shored up the Roddy white deal to keep him in Atlanta which is a very pivotal move in my opinion.   Who drafted Will Mo, Sean Weatherspoon, Jaquizz Rodgers, Curtis Lofton, Harry Douglas, Desmond the Truf and many others. My only issue with Dimitroff is he takes chances with injury prone players.  It's working out OK with Julio but not Will Mo and spoon.  Hopefully next year fairs better for them.  


I know he has made plenty of mistakes but i'd give him a solid B grade as a GM especially as his first GM job.  I think he can improve and can learn from his mistakes.  I honestly feel, as a die hard Falcon fan, keeping Dimitroff and giving him ONE more coaching staff to work with is in the best interest for the Falcons.  


I would Say Dimitroff has faired better drafting Offensive players. (EXCEPTION: We don't have an O line right now BUT remember how many players were injured on the line this year.  Lets give it another chance)  I think bringing in a defensive minded coach Like Rex or the DC up in seattle  to help in drafting some better defensive players is the way to go. 

Cali Falcon
Cali Falcon

Everyone wants to talk about REGULAR SEASON records.  Lets look at POST SEASON records...Rex Ryans 4-2 Post season record including 2 AFC championship rounds compared to Smittys 1-4 POST SEASON record which only included 1 NFC Championship round is DEFINITELY an upgrade.  And on top of all that, Rex Ryan accomplished that in a shorter amount of time than Smitty did. AND JUST TO ADD FROSTING TO THE CAKE, Rex Ryan had SIGNIFICANTLY LESS talent than Smitty had. Not to mention REX had constantly produced top ranked Defenses in his tenure.  


Technically REX RYAN only had 2 losing regular season records in 6 years. I'd say the reason Rex had a tough time making the playoffs even though he had a winning regular season record, was due to the fact he had Bill Belichick, Tom Brady and the patriots to deal with. 


I'd say REX doesn't have such a bad Resume for a first time head coach.  

TG88
TG88

@Cali Falcon 2008 it was hard to screw up the draft when you have 2 high picks But TD did. he did pick Ryan at the 3rd overall pick good pick but trading up in the first to draft Deadbeat OT Baker was a big mistake. Picking up FA Mike Turner was a no brainer as he could start on any team except the one he was on with LT in his prime. The longer TD was GM it seem  like the worse we got in talent. TD would cut good players he didnt sign like our best players ABE,Clabo and Grimes and replace them with weak players.TD picked ..The year  TD Cut Clabo he sign his 2008 1st round pick and our worse olman OT WEAK Baker to a 41 million contract ext...

3rdbaseman
3rdbaseman

@Cali Falcon Really,

I give credit where its due and on Julio, Pick Six Ryan, Turner and Gonzales , if those are your main examples.. But how can there be such an obvious incompetence on the defensive side, ignoring a free agent Julius Peppers, passing Clay Matthews and BJ Raji, both of whom somehow ended up in GB, and for what superstar Peria Jerry,????...is it a left brain right brain thing???competent personnel executives percieve talent on both sides of the ball, and our defensive shortcomings were apparent even when we went 13-3, and were not addressed then in the rush to be pass happy and simply outscore everyone, that is everyone who didnt play any D. The glaring gaps in player pwersonnel on the defensive side of the ball have IMO far outweighed the positives in offensive player selection, aqnd this SHOULD have been apparent when we still had sufficient offensive firepower, and couldnt hold leads in the second half or won by field goals against such offensive juggernauts as the Raiders in 2012.. but it wasnt and opnly sleepin yes man Jesus is to blame.period.

TG88
TG88

Coach GM Reeves  Cut his best player on defense LB C Bennett after going to the  SB... Next season we sucked. TD let Grimes,ABE and Clabo cut or released the next season we sucked..

GWJ0525
GWJ0525

I think Smith felt the pressure and was coaching nervous which may account for the clock issues in a couple of games this year as he had seemed better with time management in the past even if not great. Having Blank stomping around the sidelines had to put him in a bad position when things were not going well. I feel bad for him as he did a great job coming into a very bad situation here, and making the team competitive even if not Super Bowl material. The talent level seemed to drop and key injuries hurt us more than other teams due to lack of depth. I think after what he had done, he deserved a better fate, but at the same time it was probably best for him and the team to part ways. At least his record should enable him to continue coaching if he wishes to.

DrTruth
DrTruth

How sweet that some rush to defend Dimitroff here. WHY???


Thomas Dimitroff was a SCOUT for various Canadian and NFL teams and held those scouting positions for 17 YEARS before he was hired as the Falcons GM in 2008. He was NOT a successful GM that was lured away by the Falcons. He was named NFL Executive of the Year twice (2008, 2010) by the Sporting News -- remember them? Probably not...


In 2008, the Falcons made the playoffs and lost to the Cards in the first round. In 2010, the #1 seed Falcons were blown out in the GA DOME by Rodgers and the Packers in the Divisional round. Seems the Sporting News doesn't require a team to actually WIN a playoff game in order to name that team's GM the Exec of the Year...A low standard indeed.


What you Dimitroff Defenders need to understand is WE ARE ALREADY CLEVELAND...And it's T. Dimitroff who has put us here for the foreseeable future. This team is woefully lacking in talent at nearly every position. This team just got blown-out at home by the equally low-in-talent Panthers...Not beat by a last second field goal. They were PHYSICALLY MANHANDLED for the entire 60 minutes.


I won't re-hash the numerous draft picks that this man gave up just to get JJ. Many, many on these boards WARNED that the price was too high and it would gut the talent of this team for years. If you can't see for yourself that's actually what happened, then you probably need to raise your football IQ..


Dimitroff (Falcons) released Michael Turner in March 2013. He then signed a washed-up Steven Jackson as primary running back the same month. A month later in the Draft, he passed over Eddie Lacy with the 60th pick. So a professional talent scout had a shot at taking (what would become) the 2013 Offensive Rookie of the Year at pick 60 and put all of the team's rushing eggs in the S Jackson basket...A bonehead move that has doomed the rushing attack of the Falcons ever since. Of course the Packers took him at 61 and that's why they are the Packers and we are who they thought we were...perennial losers.


Dimitroff is a joke and everyone but you who defend him seems to know it. And if you were a HC candidate, I'm sure you would be rushing to take over the helm of a team that's 10-22 over the past 2 years that just got blown out at home by the sub .500 Panthers...With an all-powerful Dimitroff offense that could only manage THREE POINTS against the lowly team from Carolina...Yeah, what a Dream Job!

didyou
didyou

@DrTruth I like your arguments to my defence of Dimitroff.  Why do I defend him? I think he is in the top 5 GMs in football. We did get manhandled by Carolina. But when did Cleveland have 5 consecutive winning seasons? And you didn't answer the question of what team is more  attractive and ready to compete for a coaching candidate   As I said earlier we have 36 million under the cap next year and we are talented at all the key positions except dominate pass rusher which will be addressed with the 8th pick. During the offseason dimitroff said he was going to take a shot at Demacus Ware or Brian Orakpo but Mike nolan and Smitty wanted to pressure from the inside out so he adhered to the system once again.   Who is a better choice for GM than Dimitroff? 


Michael turner had an awful 2012 averaging around 3 yards a carry but was hampered by injury and couldn't  control his weight and failed to be a factor that season.  Steven Jackson was acquired for a 7th round pick with hopes of being able to pick up 4th and 1 and no he has not worked out so we draft Freeman and it was a coaching decision to play Jackson over giving Freeman and Smith more touches. Look where this team was prior to 2008. The Cards were a brilliant catch away from winning the SB. The Packers won the SB. I want to win one as much as any fan but at least during his tenure we have been relevant or had an opportunity in 5 of 7 years. Even with a brutal record this year we still hosted a game to advance to the post season again. Sure Eddie Lacy was available…the player we got with the 60th pick filled a need at corner and was coming off a senior bowl where he was the best player on the field. When you are constantly a favourite to win a championship in your first 5 years you may think you are a player or 2 away so you do whatever it takes to get over the hump. No one can dispute that JJ is one of the top 2 or 3 at his position. Would you have preferred that we sat back and picked where we were? The Atlanta Falcons choose Gabe Carimi.. Yes that would have likely been the pick. Doesn't have the same tone. I guess we can agree to disagree but we both want to see this team win and with a new attacking system under an aggressive head coach I think we have the right guy in place.  You can say its "sweet" to defend him but it takes less thought to pile on like some of the rest of these clowns. 

3rdbaseman
3rdbaseman

@DrTruth dude, your analysis is right on the $$$$. We know he passed over Julius Peppers, and who knows how many others who could have contributed but werent in the choirboy personna, were also dissed in such expert defensive player analysis. Seems as if this flaw is well known to the fan base.The linebackers couldnt cover the Niners tight ends in the last playoff game at the dome, even with a 17 pt lead. Im just a lay person, a fan, but a basic concept is selecting players for matchups with a view toward offsetting opponents strengths, esp within your division.. this was a glaring flaw even on the 13-3 squad, and TD has just exacerbated or ignored defensive needs in his rush to compose a high ascoring team, presumably to hype the sale of PSLs in our stadium to come. I guess the 22 yr old Dome just cant handle NFL games anymore, for whatever greed is involved, and the city has to pony up for a new venue and tear the dome down...MADNESS!!!!!   but a true sycophant always gets on board with the big picture and is always a team player, even if the real team is shortstaffed on defense

didyou
didyou

 I want to set the record straight with a couple of criticisms of Dimitroff. People who don't understand football are acting like sheep because of media (MB) that try to sell papers and be controversial without understanding the sport they cover. First Jerry was not Dimitroffs  first choice. He liked  Matthews but was told  that he did not fit scheme and couldn't play with his hand on the ground. So Dimitroff gave in because the philosophy here was system drafting. They wanted a DT and if you look at all the DT after Jerry in that draft, none are in the league so he in fact was best available. John Abraham and Brent Grimes were released because of non-football issues and Grimes to his credit has overcome them Abe not so much and he is done. Curtis Lofton wanted 10 million a year after having his 7th knee surgery and how many pro bowls has he made since HE chose to leave. The offer made to him was around 8 million. Very fair for a guy who can't play on third down.  Clabo only remained in the league with the Dolphins thanks to Incognito.Ray Edwards is exactly what they thought. He was a mid level complimentary end that was only 7-8 million a year. Jason Babin was 11 million and the only alternative that year but he chose Philly. Dunta Robinson was the best available FA corner that year. Came with a good price tag and was lost when his strength of being physical was taken away when put into a soft zone. Everyone can criticize Dimitroff if they like but let me ask a question…If you were a head coach candidate, which of the openings would interest you the most? Franchise QB. Top 3 WR. Cornerstone LT. Stud shutdown corner or is really close. and the top 2 kicking specialist as a tandem. Get spoon and moore back and the decision to draft a pass rushing end or OLB with pick 8. This team is not that far off. Dimitroff's biggest fail is that he came in with the philosophy to make picks a collaborative effort and draft for scheme instead of talent and working with it. Hopefully that will change. A 2 time executive of the year didn't get stupid overnight.  So listen to these hacks but who out there is better. Get rid of him and we are the cleveland browns or Jacksonville in 2 years.

TG88
TG88

@didyou Anybody that would give Deadbeat often injured OT BAker one average year out of six sorry years this kind of money should be Fired Or did Coach Smith make TD pay him that much?

  3/12/2013: Signed a six-year, $41.1 million contract. The deal contains $14.25 million guaranteed -- a $10 million signing bonus and each of Baker's first two base salaries. Another $3.9 million is available through escalators. 2014: $3.25 million (+ $4 million option bonus), 2015: $4.5 million, 2016: $5.25 million, 2017: $6.5 million, 2018: $6.6 million, 2019: Free Agent

TG88
TG88

@didyou DE Ray Edwards TD signed Him to be our pass rusher.... How many sacks did he have one or two??? Not bad for 28 MILLION dollars!!

didyou
didyou

@MaybeMaybeNot @didyou Thats a pretty intelligent comeback. At least the others have basis for not agreeing with my point but I bet yours must have taken you an hour to come up with.


didyou
didyou

@TG88 @didyou I agree that Baker has had a history of injuries. When you looked up his salary how was that in comparison to other Left Tackles in the league. Mike Tice liked him so much it was his recommendation to keep him at left tackle instead of moving Jake there immediately so you had to pay him as a LT. Injuries are part of the game but I agree he is injured far too often. As coaches and personnel people if there is no one better thats available and your line coach loves him you don't think about him getting injured. I know when he was in the lineup and Jake was on the right side. Hawley at centre and Blaylock and Asomoah at the guards our line looked really good. we have 36 million under the cap even with that contract. Im sure Oline depth will be addressed along with pass rusher and LB and the return of moore and Spoon We are not that far off being really good.

didyou
didyou

@TG88 @didyou The worst move in TDs tenure. Agreed. But keep in mind he was a mid level FA signing getting 4 million less than Babin did in Philly. He had a good year in Minnesota and was acquired to compliment Abe and thats it. Not a good guy in the dressing room and quit long before was let go. Bust.

TG88
TG88

@didyou @TG88 I dont think Mike Tice was here 3-12-2013 when TD had a brain cramp and signed OT Baker to all that money? Nice move by TD signing our worse OLMAN  BAKER and cutting our Best OLMan Clabo

3rdbaseman
3rdbaseman

@didyou Ive used the Clay Matthews example frequently..so Id like to know..Where do you get your skinny about TD preferring Jerry over Matthews..were you in the room, in the discussion loop, emailed a hot tip from a janitor at Flowery Branch?  Ive used the Matthews example , and BJ Raji as they are the most glaring goofs. What was the deal on Raji..mr inside scoop? was he too large, too immobile? and what about Julus Pweppers/ Oh he didnt want to play on a team headed by a GM named Dimitroff.. ? whatsb the skinny on him...?? over the huill/ guess so, hes just going to a division game, afet a long drought with the Baers..guess he felt that to be a better fit, a team that addressed its mistakes and was in the hunt yr after yr.. OK Ill buy that rationale..but not the Clay Matthews jag, unless you were in the room or your name is Dimitroff.

didyou
didyou

@3rdbaseman @didyou Trust me VERY good source . I was told shortly after the draft that year.  Also verified in part in a fox sports article last week. I don't think he  referred to that move specifically but talked about how coaches wanted players that fit their scheme and build from inside out. Its always been a collaborative evaluation process between personnel and coaches. That plus this off seasons additions of Jackson and solia instead of pursuing 2 high level outside pass rushers.  Not sure what the deal was with peppers. BJ Raji went 9th overall and there was no way they were going to make a move that far up for a DT. You may say that he did for JJ but at that point the organization felt like they were only 1 or 2 players away and JJ is a game changer and may put them over the top.  Its easy to look back on it and say they sacrificed depth but if they sat back and picked someone like a Carimi or a DB that didn't have an impact as a fan I'd be pissed that my team didn't do everything in their power to win a championship.

I hate the Yankees and the RedSox but I respect the fact they do whatever they can to not sit back and instead and chase championships. I'm glad the football team I'm a fan and season ticket holder of takes chances.

didyou
didyou

@TG88 @didyou Tyson Clabo is a part time player on his third team in 3 years. If not for the Incognito situation he wouldn't have seen the field in Miami and even with their shortfall of OL in Miami they still cut him loose. How good can he still be? The contract for baker is easy to criticize now that he's hurt. I agree he's been hurt far too much. The falcons made him the 13th highest paid at his position and I believe he is currently 18th. No Mike Tice wasn't here when signed but Tice liked him enough to say he wanted him as his left tackle and Jake as his RT.So Ill defer to his opinion.

TG88
TG88

@didyou @TG88 The Contract for OT Baker is easy to Criticize even if he didnt get hurt. I always worried about Matt getting hurt bad when Deabeat Baker was playing. Baker is to weak to hold the point of attack. Matt has to hurry his passes to keep from getting run over by the guy Baker is getting run over blocking..Baker sucks always have he should have been CUT not offered a contract. I bet that if TD had not drafted Baker 1st round he would had cut him a long time ago.Then to sign someone that bad to all that money.. A good GM would say I made a mistake drafting Baker in the 1st and cut him and move on...things like that come back to get you fired....Say what u like about Clabo but he was our best OLMAN when he was here..

GWJ0525
GWJ0525

Pat Peppler is 92 now, but would still be better GM than TD, but wait we let him go to Houston with Bum Phillips back in 76. In his 4 years there they twice lost to the Steelers in the AFC championship. They would have been in the Super bowl if not for having to play one of the best teams in history.

miserableatlfan
miserableatlfan

TD provided Smith a 79 Corrolla to run a nascar race during these past two years.  I am not a Nascar fan, but its a good analogy.  I just have an image of Smith pushing his klunker trying to kick start it and compete against cars going 200 mph.  But then afterwards everyone says well we need a better driver, no. its a 79 corrolla, it aint gonna compete.  We didnt actually have the best players two years ago, but we had some good solid players that TD could not retain. 

Cousingeorgestone
Cousingeorgestone

Good column and dead on MB.    Stupid is as stupid does e.g.,  Braves and Falcons, dumb and dumber.  Braves can the moron Wren after he leads them down into the sewer but leave the inept Fredi G in place.   Falcons one-up them by firing the inept Coach while leaving the sad sack draft dummy Dimitroff in place.  Only in Atlanta.  


Question: who can possibly show up for a Championship game, albeit a loser one, and get blown out 34-3??!!!   Answer: THE FALCONS!  Only the detritus of a team like the Falcons could put on such a lame performance in a big game.   That's on Smith for clearly not having his team ready to play and on DImitroff for giving Smith Spam rather than Prime Rib in terms of NFL caliber players.

3rdbaseman
3rdbaseman

an impact coach and strong personality, ie the kind of coach we need to mold this team and take it to the next level, will take one look at this front office : Moe, Larry & Curly, and tell his wife.. Yeah I know wed love Atlanta and theres some potential but ..no way in hell Im hitching my career to this bunch, given their ineptitude in player personnel.

As I recall Bill Parcells came to that exact conclusion, esp with regard to the drafting of Pick Six Ryan. He favored Joe Flacco...and just what has he done..lately anyone?

TreeRollins
TreeRollins

At this point, I don't care if we get Rex Ryan, Josh McDaniels, Bill Cowher or Jimmy Johnson!  They will not win with this roster as constituted.  And they will not sell tickets.  And, if they do their research, they will likely not want to coach under Thomas Dimitroff either if they observe how he hid throughout the losing streak while throwing his coach Mike Smith under the bus to save himself.

TideDawg
TideDawg

Mike Smith has more class than his boss, Arthur Blank. Blank lost a lot of respect with his knee jerk actions. Nobody likes to lose but when you lose there's a better way to handle it.


Smith made two glaring mistakes that cost the Falcons 2 games. Dimitrof made an entire team of mistakes and Smith get fired because of it. That's the NFL!!


It wouldn't hurt my feelings if Rex Ryan was the new head coach.

TreeRollins
TreeRollins

@TideDawg Well said.  Arthur Blank has shown he is classless which is the opposite of Smitty who has been admirable throughout.  We can all learn how to be a man from Smitty the way he has handled this.


Blank has pretty much lost any good will he had originally created since becoming the owner.  He is a 2nd rate "look at me" owner in the style of Jerry Jones but even worse.  And while Jerry Jones seems to be learning how to build a team, Arthur seems to be going in the opposite direction.

atlfanman
atlfanman

The only logical reason for Arthur to keep the GM is he believes Thomas has some connection to a coach he has strong consideration to lead his team. Or Thomas knows where the bodies are buried, secret tapes are recorded or incriminating photos kept. Outside of those reasons, this should have been a joint dismissal. If Thomas cannot close the deal for a coach Arthur covets he will be released I believe. If he decides to keep Thomas, with all of the apparent mistakes he has made as GM, and the obvious reaction by fans on this site and sports radio, it will be one of the biggest mistakes he has made since buying the team.

TreeRollins
TreeRollins

@atlfanman Keep in mind that Arthur has never let go of a GM yet!  He has a GM graveyard on the payroll of McKay, Pioli and Dimitroff.  He may just end up adding a 4th one.

EbertsGhost
EbertsGhost

In this day and age of the NFL, it should be next to impossible for a team to be outclassed physically in such a dramatic way, the way the Falcons are week in and week out. Somehow the Falcons have managed to pull this feat off year after year. Mike Smith wanted to coach a tough, physical football team. He ran his team as such even when he didn't have to personnel to do so. How many short yardage plays did the Falcons get stuffed on in Smith's tenure here? Too many to count. But I can't really blame Smith from trying to coach his team that way. Good NFL teams close out games by running the ball even when the opposing team KNOWS you're going to run it. Except for Michael Turners first season, Smith never had that. Until the Falcons get the personnel to physically dictate the action on the field, this will be a BAD football team with a few wins sprinkled here and there. 

miserableatlfan
miserableatlfan

@EbertsGhost  You bring up something I have been thinking about for the past couple of years.  It seemed that during the first year, I thought this was Smith's coaching style, pounding Snelling, Turner, and that other 250+ FB for the entire game.  It was fun to watch these opponents submit by the 4th quarter because they just didnt want to tackle these guys anymore.  But then he changed from smash mouth football to a more finese approach, at which point he relied totally on Matt Ryan to be able to perform.  I place alot of this failure in one way or another on Ryan's failure, and as Jim Mora would say, Ryan has proven to be a coach killer. I like him overall, but I am just not confident that he can do what it takes to win the superbowl.   

Dawg69
Dawg69

Thank you Bradley for finally coming out and saying what I've been saying since September. I also said that 8-8 would win the division. OK - I was overly optimistic. When TD let most of the OL go after the 2012 season without drafting any real replacements, I knew the Falcons were in long term trouble.  TD should have been fired first, even if AB thought Smith was doing an inferior job.  That Smith won 6 games, and should have won 2 more (Detroit and Cleveland) shows me he got about as much as he could from this team.  He was good coach. No one could have won with this team this year with the players the general manager supplied.

Maggot_Man
Maggot_Man

Listening to that Laurel & Hardy press conference yesterday reminded me of just how bad those guys are....stumbling and contradicting. What a mess. How do these guys get through each day with this ineptitude?

3rdbaseman
3rdbaseman

@Maggot_Man Please tell me about King Arthurs defensiveness when queried about Smittys firing and not TDs..I missed those lines, but it says volumes about that relationshiop. Id like to hear just how he responded to the reporters

that is funny.

luckie1
luckie1

No worries. Arthur Blank will fire TD. He has to keep the reporters and falcon fans involved in the story. It's payback to the media for leaking the search firm story.(One bad apple spoils the bunch). If he did the big bang of firing both we all would be happy and say let's move on. Now we wait in anticipation under the Blank spell.

luckie1
luckie1

No worries. Arthur Blank will fire TD. He has to keep the reporters and media involved in the story. It's payback to the media for leaking the search firm story.(One bad apple spoils the bunch). If he did the big bang of firing both we all would be happy and say let's move on. Now we wait in anticipation under the Blank spell.

Jerry916
Jerry916

@luckie1 Someone close to Blank, if not Blank himself, leaked that information.

There is no coach worth having that is not going to want to come here without having the power of GM also.


why would they?


Look at the team, the roster is talentless except for 4 to 7 players. the rest are all 2nd stringers on any one of the current playoff teams rosters. 


Dimitroff Drafts and you get fired.  

Clown Era is Over!!
Clown Era is Over!!

Agree with Bradley. But another important question is what coach is gonna want to come work under dumbtroff and blank? I strongly doubt we will get someone much better than smith who wants to be here long term. Coach ain't gonna win a lot with dummytroff making player personnel decisions.

But back to Bradley. He's on fire with the falcons situation. Good for him and it's about time he got something right. Ultimately, though, Bradley lost all credibility with me backing wren the clown until the very end.

GT71
GT71

Well f-ing DUH!

ww_
ww_

My fear is that Blank likes Dimitroff, because he has someone he can talk to.  I am concerned we will never be rid of this guy.

GT71
GT71

@ww_  Sure as hell no one else will.

3rdbaseman
3rdbaseman

@ww_ 

spot on..and never ever underestimate the power of an ASSKISSER and their abilities to play so called leaders who have the "fawn on me" gene within their DNA . Home Depot insiders from the days of the company's inception and ascendancy in Atlanta could probably spellbind us with King Arthur stories on a par with norse sagas

3rdbaseman
3rdbaseman

@ww_  talking involves a two way exchange, but kings, especially weak ones, become addicted to yes men whose bobble heads are perpetually in motion in an up and down affirmation. I spotted that aspect of the TD persona a few yrs back.its really there for those who have the trained eye. I developed that talent in the snakepit of Fortune 500 land when I worked for the CEO of a big outfit and watched as he held court and tried to placate members of an entourage, ultimately an excercise in futility,

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  2. […] — about the Atlanta Falcons’ offseason moves. (To recap: No, I don’t understand why Thomas Dimitroff wasn’t fired along with Mike Smith, and no, I don’t get this front-office “restructuring” that leaves Scott Pioli to […]