Strange days in Flowery Branch: Dimitroff loses power but keeps job

Are they playing musical chairs in Flowery Branch? (David Goldman/AP photo)

Are they playing musical chairs in Flowery Branch? (David Goldman/AP photo)

They ARE playing  musical chairs in Flowery Branch. (David Goldman/AP photo)

We have our answer. Thomas Dimitroff gets to keep his job — just not quite the same job he was doing. The Atlanta Falcons announced tonight that they’ve “restructured” their player personnel department, the upshot being that the general manager is no longer the point man for pro or college scouting or the draft. Which makes you wonder: So why is he still the general manager?

From the Falcons’ release: Assistant GM Scott Pioli “will take on pro and college scouting and NFL Draft responsibilities.” That seemed to indicate that Dimitroff was out of the loop, but I’ve since been told by a Falcons spokesperson that Dimitroff will retain “final say” over the draft and personnel. I’m not sure I understand that, but there it is.

I’m not saying this a bad move — I  felt Dimitroff should have been fired along with coach Mike Smith — but I can’t say I’m overwhelmed by the news that scouting and the draft (if the not final decisions) will now be the province of Pioli, whose GM-ship in Kansas City wasn’t terribly productive. And if Pioli’s doing the scouting and drafting, why do the Falcons still need Dimitroff?

According to the release, Pioli will report to Dimitroff, who “will retain management responsibility for salary cap, player affairs, equipment, sports medicine and performance, and video activities.” So let’s review:

The Falcons will have a former GM who’s now team president in charge of stadium building in Rich McKay. They’ll have an incumbent GM who’s no longer doing what a GM customarily does in Dimitroff, and they’ll have Pioli heading the scouting. That seems like an awful lot of layering for one team, but hey, it’s not my team. It’s Arthur Blank’s, and his moves get more puzzling by the day.

(One more update: The Falcons say they’re modeling their new front office after Baltimore’s, which has the highly respected Ozzie Newsome as GM and Eric DeCosta as assistant, with the two working hand-in-glove.)

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Falcons63
Falcons63

Oh no!  I've provoked a response from JSSN the Great and Powerful.. Keeper of the Keyboard.... Master of the Sports Blog. OK... I'm not sure when I have been wrong.. or right for that matter.  I don't make predictions concerning the NFL and the Falcons in particular as I don't have access to the inner workings at Flowery Branch as you seem to. So, you have me when I've been wrong as you suggest.  I will be honest with you.  Back when I actually read your posts I thought you were some loudmouth kid with a keyboard.  Then, one day during one of your frequent lectures, you used the term "Tandem Blocker".  Now..  this will be my 28th season as a coach from the D1 level to HS and everything in between.  I can honestly say I have not heard that term used anywhere, be it coaching clinic or any other source you could name since the late 80's.  I recognized it only because of my advanced age(51yrs).  At that time it occurred to me you weren't a loud mouth kid.  You were a loud mouth middle aged man with a keyboard.  I see you on the blog throwing out a word salad of unrelated football terms(gap power slam was a classic) to make yourself sound knowledgeable to the bloggers who might not recognize them as such.  As to my distaste for ProFootball Focus?  Bear with me and my reasoning will become apparent.  I don't think you have nearly the knowledge to spout off the crap you do.  So.. a test.  If can answer this series of very simple football questions, then I'm wrong about you and the grades handed out by Ledbetter and ProFootball Focus are legitimate.  Shall we begin?  At the HS I currently coach at, we run the double slot offense. Our base play is called Midline.  Name the responsibilities for the playside OG and OT, plus what the center should do and what the QB does.  This is a simple HS play.  You should know the answer without resorting to google.  Answer correctly and I won't think you are a fraud and I won't question ProFootball Focus ever again.  I will even give you the defense you are facing making the answer easy.  You are facing a base "50 Eagle" with the NG offset to the weakside.  The most basic play I can imagine.  If you can answer, you could grade the film of our offensive players.  If not?  Well.. it's as I suspect.  As my late father used to tell me "if we could buy you for what your opinion is worth... and sell it for what you think its worth, we would all be millionaires.  So.. not a personal attack, just a test to see if you could grade film for a HS team.  Surely one with a vast knowledge such as you should answer this one easily.  I will check back later to grade you!  I anxiously await your answer.

GWJ0525
GWJ0525

The 3 ring circus continues to get larger. Who's on first, what's on 2nd, and I don't know on 3rd sounds about right for this craziness.

Falcons63
Falcons63

Strange days indeed.  I find it interesting the different perceptions concerning the state of the Falcons these days.  To hear the local media and some fans one would think the team has one foot in the grave and the other on the proverbial banana peel!  Yet, in watching NFL Network 3 "expert panelist's" were asked that of all the vacant jobs, which did they consider to be the most attractive. All of the "experts"  listed a different team, but one of the 3 jobs picked was the Falcons. 

    I have no opinion on the new coach.  However, I do think the coverage of the Falcons by local media(AJC) is a joke.  Schultz and Company have been circling Smith's dead carcass for months waiting for him to be fired.  Yet, as soon as he is fired Schultz criticizes the handling of this.  It's bad enough that as a fan in order to get info I have to read perhaps the least knowledgeable beat writer around, D. Orlando Ledbetter.  Someone who doesn't know what a misfit is in run defense yet he is going to hand out grades on performance?  And he references ProFootball Focus? Strange days indeed.... 

Intruder
Intruder

If the head coach doesn't have the final say so on his players will be, how can he be held responsible?

JacketMan
JacketMan

Rex Ryan is a clown whose more interested in sound bites than the best interest of his football team. Also, the Falcons now have THREE former General Managers on staff who have, basically, partial power, and will be in fighting over what they think should be going on and who is really in charge. It will remind me of the following:

http://youtu.be/kTcRRaXV-fg

Columbus68
Columbus68

Well where is our highly respected GM in our model? Or a highly respected counterpart? Do not think our hand and glove are going to fit too well. 

Columbus68
Columbus68

I totally agree with you on this one Bradley. My only hope is that Blank is closer to the situation than any of us and he has a lot of corporate experience. I do not see this lasting more than a year so it should not hurt the team too hard if it is a bad move.  But maybe, just maybe, Blank knows what he is doing and this is a good decision.  I personally think it is only short term and we will have a new GM between now and 2016 season.  Might have one after we hire a new coach. So does Demitroff get to still decide who is signed and let go? It would seem so especially when it comes to contracts and salary cap.  Do not think this is good either based on past record.  Not one bit.  I hear he let Abraham go, not because of money, age performance, etc(even if that was  the stated reason)but because of a personality clash....Abe has a strong one as we all know and TD could not deal with it.  Heard this from a good source. So of that is going on, bad draft picks is going on AND letting go of some OL starters and having nothing to replace them but a hope and a prayer...I would say that TD is not up to the task when it comes to personnel period and he needs to stick with the desk work and advice on salary cap, etc...and actually, just be let go and a proven personnel guy come in OR......H


ere is a novel idea....get a proven coach and let him make ALL the personnel decisions....!  You could get about any coach of your choosing if given total control over personnel....ANYONE.  


Is John Gruden getting an interview? Just curious. 

KuklaFranandDawggie
KuklaFranandDawggie

TreeRollins: Just got that thought in my mind as well!!!!! He's only potential hire capable of this Blank madness!

TreeRollins
TreeRollins

Rex Ryan deserves this bizarre group of misfits in the Falcons front office and they truly deserve him! Maybe we can trade Matt Ryan and 5 draft picks for Gino Smith?

TreeRollins
TreeRollins

Since Arthur is bankrolling 3 or 4 retread GM's on this team, he might as well get some value from some of them. Credit to Dirk Koetter for blowing off this ownership and going with another team rather than riding this sinking ship to the bottom of the ocean floor to see which retread coach they will hire!

HopelessinAtlanta
HopelessinAtlanta

So easy to sit on the sidelines and play devils advocate - but I guess that's what sports blogs are for. Anyone on these forums would fail miserably (myself included), if they actually were in a real decision making position with the Falcons.


At least AB continues to spend money, pushing to find solutions and bring a winner to this town.

LostBurro
LostBurro

arthur's a billionaire--he can find enough atl fatcats to pay the psls---he'll be richer than ever!!!!

warfalcon
warfalcon

Watch real FOOTBALL this Saturday and Sunday. see real QB's , OL , DL, with knowledge of how to get to the Q.B., DB , LB , WR and RB oh Coachs too.


So relax ATL and enjoy because you MAY never get to SEE this in the ATL AGAIN.

ATL89
ATL89

Making Pioli GM is a great move, keep Dimitroff is still questionable, because he has still dropped the  ball on trading up all our depth on draft picks that we didn't get returns on for the draft stock that we traded. What I like to see from Dimitroff is change in the way we go about Drafting, or trading up in the Draft, and keeping players, who are past there prime, here in Atlanta, and make better decisions in Free Agency.

SeanLB
SeanLB

I guess I'm in the minority when I say that I believe that this will work.  Pioli is great at finding the beef up front.  TD is great at finding skill position players regardless of what all of you "incredible GMs" believe.  Remember, most of you wanted Glenn Dorsey, so your credibility is a little thin.


Arthur said he was going to bring a title to Atlanta.  I'm at least glad that he isn't doing what our fanbases love which is sticking with some loser that obviously can't get it done.  Mike Smith was a huge problem for this team.  He's gone.  If TD proves to be a problem, he'll be gone too.


Remember, you guys wanted Glenn Dorsey, so stop acting like you know what you're talking about.  

Andy123
Andy123

Well, at least we know Arthur isn't too serious about the future of his Falcons. 

Jmonty
Jmonty

As for myself and about 15 other Falcon fans..  We will not be getting season tickets until Dimitroff is fired.  Fans... You want to make a statement?  Hit them in the wallet.  Make Blank understand Dimitroff is like a poison.  The Falcons will NOT get better until you cut the poison out.  With Dimitroff, I'm confident the struggles will continue.  

ATLnative72
ATLnative72

It sounds like corporate America, where top people who underperform get "bumped upstairs" into newly invented roles to save face.  There's a lot of that at The Home Depot too.  But this is a private enterprise and Arthur pays the bills, so he's fully entitled to do whatever tickles his fancy.

LostBurro
LostBurro

arthur and rich want some playoff money!  arthur's young girlfriend has expensive tastes---arthur needs to get her some more money for shopping until those psl millions start rolling in!

notPlanB
notPlanB

Is this a possibility? Pioli wants to sign a top notch FA. TD knows if Pioli does better than TD was doing, he will look bad so he uses the cap space argument to stop the signing.

DanJohn
DanJohn

I think the Falcons spiral downward and the rash of injuries that many here point to started when the Falcons fired their strength and conditioning trainer Jeff Fish after the 2012 season. It sounds silly on the surface but many at the time including Gonzo and Matt Ryan gave him a lot of credit for the teams lack of injuries. I found an old D-Led story about the firing. I wonder what Bozo was responsible for firing someone who by all accounts did a great job with the players?

all_i_am_saying_is
all_i_am_saying_is

Fortunately, it doesn't take three persons with G.M. experience and one billionaire to know what the Falcons need.  All anyone has to do to find that out is read this blog and others like it.  Having typed the aforementioned, here's my view in order of priority:


1) Sign Suh.  Make him the highest paid d-lineman if that's what it takes.  He has the talent and nasty attitude we lack.  The best way to improve the defensive backfield is to get a consistent pass rush.  Suh will give us that push from the inside and require enough attention that suddenly our defensive ends will become awesome.


2) Find us an every down, Demarco Murray type running back.  That will also make Matt Ryan better as he is best suited for the play-action passer role where he excels. (Keep Steven Jackson for goal line situations.)


3) Play Devon Hester more on offense and let Jacquizz Rodgers take over some of the special teams work from Hester.  We need his breakaway speed as a threat on offense especially on 3rd and long as he also draws attention and worry.


4) Trade down in the draft, get more picks, and get some 'big uglies' for the offensive and defensive lines.  How many years have both been a problem?  If we are being honest, we have to admit that the O-Line has been an issue since Vick was our starter.


5) Make sure Jake comes back healthy and ready to go.  Get the strength and performance people on that and dock him them some pay if he's not 100%.


6) Take another spin with Sam Baker.  Get the strength and performance people working with him and ask them and the team doctor frankly if he is salvageable.  If not, cut Sam and use the money elsewhere.



Dsyelxia
Dsyelxia

This is highly disappointing. Good luck paying for that new stadium, Arthur.

twentysixpointtwo
twentysixpointtwo

Blank is clearly putting personal relationships ahead of a path to success.  

JSSN
JSSN

@Falcons63

"So, you have me when I've been wrong as you suggest."

Tell us all again about the greatness of Evan Dietrich-Smith, yeah you forgot (conveniently) about that one. The Packers O-line just fell to pieces. That Bucs O-Line was just amazing, game changers! Bless your late Daddy's heart, you should have taken his observation more to heart. 

JSSN
JSSN

@Falcons63

Go ask Alex Gibbs what a "tandem block" is. Since you want to go there: be a professional about it. Are you running a read and recognition or  recognition scheme. Is your QB calling the line assignments or are the linemen making sight adjustments from the Mike set-up. Are you using a pure Veer like Bill Youman set it up or using running some variant like the Pistol? If I'm going to zone block it? If not then I'm going to 1. depending on the strength of my center in run blocking, have my guard cross block down on the offset and 2. then either pull a lineman to lead thru the gap and to Mike as he fills or meet them in the 2nd level.  There will be one unblocked rusher on the backside, but your QB is supposed to account for that in his read. Can't assume that you've brought your stacks closer in to the hashes or further away as it is an influence play as you described it. I can't assume you're playing with an A-Back or a classic fullback because of double stacked receivers. So a single back and the QB, that means the natural influence of the defense is to take away the middle between the guards. Your tackle on the weakside job is to keep backside sealed so the WLB doesn't dive down and take away the advantage gained by formation. There should be only seven in the box if you've done everything right. See, this what makes people hate certain types of coaches. So let me give you the other 5 choices since you're putting out what you're running exactly what? Blowhard coach, thanks. Is it the Nevada pistol or a pure veer? Oh, it is Nevada pistol because you've double stacked your wideouts. It's not a motion triple option because you said nothing about motioning. We're only talking "base" right? ;-) And since you didn't send a receiver or back in motion to assess whether the defense is playing zone, the QB is not going to audible out to a passing play since all of the base defense is within 3-to-5 yards of the line scrimmage in an "Eagle Front" (3 down/2 up with 2 backers or in the form of 1 backer and big safety or rover back and the remaining safeties are deep.

JSSN
JSSN

@Falcons63

Yet, all of those sources and people were were right about the state of Falcons over time and you've rarely been right. You gripe about Pro Football Focus, but their assessments of the Falcons and the use of players on their roster were point on. Everyone from Barnwell to the NFL Network references their material. But you have this obsession with trying to cut that down. 

Smith should have been let go after the Wild Card against NY. His fate was sealed. He changed coordinators and only got worse in terms of the team. 2012 was the anomaly, not the other way around.  People are not dismissive of the fact that Smith was let go. It was the outright lying about the process used leading up to his being let go. it was disingenuous. 

As far as for the Atlanta job being the most attractive. Sure it is, based on potential, people are going to rate as a step above the Jets. People think all they need is linemen and just an adequate defense to be relevant because of the state of NFC South.

DanJohn
DanJohn

@Intruder  The coach is responsible for adjustments, time management and playing time of the players. I will admit lack of talent hurt the defense but continuing to play Kroy and Osi and not some of the younger guys such as Massaquoi and Maponga falls on the coach. As does not giving Antone Smith more touches. Mike Smith liked using veterans probably out of loyalty. The continued use of the failed nickel and allowing teams to run down our throat falls on the coaching. They could have tried the 4-3 or even a 3-4 since the nickel was getting us killed. Personally I think Massaquoi, Maponga and Goodman will have a very good year for the next head coach. At least they were hungry when they did get in.  

PalmBeachFalcon
PalmBeachFalcon

@JacketMan How many times are you going to post that video? And people around the NFL obviously disagree with your judgement of RR, as he has many interviews.  Your first statement is just stooopid.

didyou
didyou

@Columbus68 Did your reliable source tell you it was a personality clash or that Abe was a cluster and an alcoholic who had one good year after leaving. I have sources too. Mclure retired. Dahl was garbage after he left and Clabo  just finished his third year on three different teams and is only still in the league because of the Incognito ordeal. having said that the Oline is Dimitroff"s blemish. He wanted pass rushers and Nolan and Smith wanted interior DLine. The coaches won and we lost. We got Jerry instead of Matthews and Solia and Jackson instead of Ware and/or orakpo like Dimitroff wanted. Wait until Ryan or Quinn come in and watch how they work with Dimitroff and how fast this gets fixed.

TreeRollins
TreeRollins

Oh, you're right we're not football front office professionals so we have no right to weigh in on the pathetic plight of this confused team! I have to agree these true professionals must have a genius plan we're just too dumb to understand.

DanJohn
DanJohn

@HopelessinAtlanta  I don't think anyone thinks AB is trying to lose. I'm sure he was PO'd watching the implosion of the Cleveland and Detroit games. I think he has a lot of fire in his belly and knew going into the season that Mike Smith was not the coach for this team anymore. The whole hoopla about getting tougher was a mandate from him. In Hard Knocks Smith even stated he thought the team was tough and that he didn't want to hear about it anymore. So I'm sure it was a point of contention in the previous off season. AB wants a tough team in the mold of the old Baltimore and Pittsburg teams. What Seattle, SF and St Louis are now.


The Falcons will never win until they have a strong defense. The two Mikes...Smith and Nolan couldn't cut it period. That silly 4-2-5 defense was a joke and they never went back to either a true 3-4 or 4-3. They failed to use younger players and it seemed like they never made adjustments. While you have to play the hand you're dealt you can change cards and mix it up which Smith never did. The cards in the analogy are the players.

DanJohn
DanJohn

@ATL89  They are two types of free agents. Those a team might not be able to keep such as Suh because of cap space and those teams don't think are worth the money they're asking for. IE past their prime. The Falcons have signed both. Turner was a good pick-up at least for 3+ years. Jackson and Osi were not. You can't always find a player to fill a void in free agency. Trading up for a player has to be a hit if not you're losing a lot of picks. Trading back just to get extra picks doesn't work either especially if you have an area of need. The Falcons tend to be over zealous on draft day. Sometimes the best move is to stay put!

PSU92
PSU92

So why not let Pioli recommend OL and DL as draft picks to TD or fire TD and make Pioli GM vs making some public announcement about all the org changes like it will fix all the problems ... too many cooks in the kitchen for this to work!

DanJohn
DanJohn

@SeanLB  I agree that Mike Smith was the problem but I'm not sold on Pioli. He is after all the guy who drafted Tyson Jackson with the 3rd pick in 2009 then brought him here. He did draft Eric Berry who is a great player who's battling cancer now with the 2010 pick, His other #1's were Jon Baldwin WR who is a bust and Dontari Poe who has shown flashes. The jury is still out on his talent evaluation. I also think it was Pioli who bugged the KC complex so he could eavesdrop on the staff. Paranoid?

DanJohn
DanJohn

@Jmonty  I'm sure IF they sign Rex Ryan season ticket sales will go through the roof if not then your stance and others might get some attention. But honestly I seriously doubt they care. They will only care if the stadium is half empty or fans are wearing FalCant bags. For me personally I think they will rebound next year and this will be a moot point. I think people will see that while they have some major holes that Mike Smith and more importantly Mike Nolan were the problems.


I have Sunday ticket and every time the Falcons defense took the field I had to go to another game. My BP would spike every time Biermann or others would miss a tackle or some scrub offense blew them off the ball.  

DanJohn
DanJohn

@notPlanB  It sounds like they both will have to be onboard when it comes to FA's. So they will share the success or failure. So my guess is they will be careful who they give a big contract to. I highly doubt they try to sign Suh.  They still have to sign Julio and they will be expensive. They need to stay away from washed-up players like Jackson and Osi but they do need LB's and DE's not to mention a TE and a starting tackle.

candlin14
candlin14

@all_i_am_saying_is


Agreed on most accounts.


I for one think we can get our money out of Freeman and Rodgers without going for a high paid running back. 


I think we should cut ties with Sam Baker, PERIOD! No more wasted effort with this guy.


I think love the Suh idea and I love Shane Ray from Mizzou as well. Either way, if we cant get a top tier defender in the draft, trade down and use the picks on Oline and Defensive help. 


We have got to start getting more draft picks back for the ones we lost.


For the love of GOD we have to quit wasting picks on Robert Alford, Pieria Jerry, Jamal Anderson, Kroy Bierman, Sam Baker type players.

KingMac
KingMac

@all_i_am_saying_is  With you on most of this.. but, Jackson needs to go, and I'd prefer to never give him the ball on a 4th and 1 or goal line situation ever again. And you can't cut Baker. Cap savings would be ($1,900,000).

Falcons63
Falcons63

@JSSN @Falcons63  Actually..  I do remember Evan Dietrich-Smith.  He is the guy you called a "Tandem Blocker"!  I definitely don't remember calling him great.. or even good.  I can't even tell you where he's currently playing.  If memory serves me correctly you were discussing possible FA targets.  I never commented on Dietrich-Smith. I commented when you called him a "Tandem Blocker"!  Do not remember offering an opinion as to the quality of his play.  Yes... Alex Gibbs would definitely be old enough to remember what a "Tandem Block" is.  As far as the Buc's line, I couldn't even tell you who one starter is. So.. you are wrong again.  Must be someone else you are thinking of.  The staff breaks down video(I'll call it film to fit in with your oldies but goodies terminology.."Tandem Block"?) on Sunday's making my time in short supply.  This thing called coaching doesn't leave a lot of free time so I DVR the Falcons to watch in the evening. Other than the Falcons my NFL player knowledge is somewhat limited... so.. you obviously have mistaken me for some other blogger.  BTW... Bill Youmans veer?? I like it!  Maybe you can have your olineman get in a four point stance like it's 1975 to really give it an authentic look!LOL!  I would be shocked if you have ever coached a day in your life.   FRAUD!!!!  Stick to cooking dinner for your Mom.  Hey... keep us updated on what you are hearing next time you are out at Flowery Branch!LOL!

Falcons63
Falcons63

@JSSN @Falcons63  Just as I suspected.  FRAUD!  Another word salad!  Every conceivable term you have ever heard... just not the simple answer. I don't know where you have coached, but absolutely none of the... I'm not sure how to describe it.. Scenarios?  Have anything to do with the simple midline play run out of the double slot.  By the way..  I don't even know who Evan Dietrich-Smith is! 

DanJohn
DanJohn

@PSU92  You do have too many GM's. Basically you have 3 GM's acting as President-McKay. GM-Dimitroff and Player Personal/Draft-Pioli I would think you would be better served by men who have held those specific titles and not former GM's. Granted all work in concert with each other however all being former GM's you may well have division or ego clashes. It will either work out or be a train wreck. And of course AB has another former GM Joe Banner in his ear.

SeanLB
SeanLB

@DanJohn @SeanLB The problem with Pioli is that he's like TD in the regard that he isn't a COMPLETE GM.  He's only good at one aspect (fat men).  Combined I think they could be solid.  My point was more about the long list of people below that know so much more than our front office with brilliant picks like Glenn Dorsey.


I'm with you, though, and see your position.  

SeanLB
SeanLB

@DanJohn @Jmonty Kroy Biermann is the Falcons version of Matt Diaz.


If he's a "relied upon contributor", we've found the problem.  Step 2 is washing it out.  

Falcons63
Falcons63

@JSSN  OK.. enough of this pissing contest between us.  This is a blog.  You are entitled to your opinion.. just as I am.  However, you have this habit of becoming somewhat personal with your comments.  I have never made any predictions concerning the Buc's or Dietrich-Smith.   I have no clue as to what you think I may have said, but whatever it was you are mistaken.  I haven't a clue as to how good or how bad any NFL player is.  If I haven't coached him, I'm going to be careful with comments concerning his ability.  I will say this.  I have 2 players I coached that are currently in the NFL.  I asked both and they had never heard of PFF.  My comment was on the dated terminology you used.  Believe or not, Tandem Blocking is not a term that has been used in football for years.  I stand by my opinion on ProFootball Focus.  The list of scenarios you supplied actually confirms what I've said all along.  You named a number of circumstances that could change the blocking scheme on the simplest of HS plays.  Without knowing exactly what was called and how it's blocked there is no way you can accurately grade a players performance.  Multiply this by about 100 and you would see just how ludicrous it is for fans to watch NFL video and grade players.  It would be akin to watching a foreign movie without the subititles.   ProFootball Focus is a tool for the entertainment of fans.  Nothing else.  I seriously doubt any position coach or player is checking out the latest grades given out by PFF.  I also stand by my comments on Ledbetter.  A "misfit" in the run game does not mean getting blocked.  He has said this on multiple occasions.  If you know football like you say you do, then you would know that's not what a misfit is.  So.. in closing.  I apologize for my comments about your mother.  That was uncalled for.  Lets leave family out of our disagreements.  Lastly..  Midline.  Double slot is closer to the Mouse Davis Run and Shoot than any other offense.  It's constantly mis-identified by the media as being the Wing-T.  Two WR's and Two WB's.  A single fullback. The beauty of the offense is unlike the Wing-T, you can run every pass play from your base set.   Nothing so complicated as the Nevada Pistol, motioning WR's or anything like that.  The QB calls Midline in the huddle.  The team comes to the line.  Against the 50 Eagle, Midline is always run to the 3 technique DT side.  The playside OG rips past the 3 tech DT and blocks the playside ILBer.  The OT kicks out on the DE.  The QB sticks the ball in the belly of the fullback.  If the DT dives in, he pulls the ball out and follows the FB into the hole. IF the DT stays outside the FB keeps the ball.  Could not be simpler.  Perhaps I'm wrong on this, but you seem to be an intelligent guy who has read a lot about football and watched a lot of football.  But.. you don't seem to have the attitude of someone who has coached.  Coaching has a way of humbling you.. and you seem far to sure of your opinions to have ever coached.  I don't think humble is a word I would ever attach to you.   Coaching is like having kids.  If you've never done it, you can't begin to imagine how it is.

DanJohn
DanJohn

@SeanLB @DanJohn  I will admit that DT, DE and LB's are hard to project. They're boom or bust. Everyone including the guru's at ESPN thought Dorsey would be a stud. Turns out he was a dud. Same for Aaron Curry who may be out of the league now. My point is too many GM's fall in love with players based on what they do at the combine. TAPE is the best way to judge a player. I'm just glad the Falcons didn't mortgage the future for Clowney last year. Love of the game(heart) and motor are just as important as speed.


Personally I will pull for the Falcons regardless who they hire as coach or who is the GM but as fans we want results not excuses. We're not getting paid the big money they are yet we pay to see the games and purchase gear. So hopefully those at The Branch follow the comments here because some are constructive. Now IF I were GM I'd look at OLB or DE first and draft a OT if the best LB and DE's are off the board.  

SeanLB
SeanLB

@DanJohn @SeanLB I agree, but I believe that we've done a solid job of getting players.  We aren't getting the RIGHT players when it comes to pass rushers, but after Smith was let go, various sources were confirming that it was SMITH that didn't want pass rushers but instead, Soliai and Jackson.


With this in mind, we have to remember that at least TD didn't take Dorsey and instead took Ryan, who, despite the anger on these boards, has helped us enjoy the best era of Falcons in team history.


Either way, I'm not advocating for TD.  I'm just saying that he has hit on a lot more quality players than anyone gives him credit for, and maybe we just had a loser managing the team on game day.  If it proves otherwise, he'll be fired, as well.


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