Sporting News Names Atlanta Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff Executive Of The Year

Sporting News named Atlanta Falcons' General Manager, Thomas Dimitroff, the NFL Executive of the Year. This award may seem odd to some since the moves the Falcons made this season weren't exactly earth-shattering (signing Dunta Robinson, drafting Sean Weatherspoon) but as described in the piece, this is more of a lifetime achievement award and from that aspect there's no question he deserves the award.

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Since Thomas Dimitroff became Atlanta's general manager in 2008, the Falcons have been to the playoffs twice and won more games than in any three-year stretch in team history. Solid drafts (Matt Ryan), trades (Tony Gonzalez) and free-agent signings (Michael Turner) have the Falcons set to be contenders for the foreseeable future.

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It's a terrific award to win and it shows the Falcons are in arguably the best hands in the league with Dimitroff and Mike Smith and as Jay Adams pointed out the Falcons won Coach of the Year, Coordinator of the Year and Executive of the Year from Sporting News this season. That's incredible considering just three seasons ago this team was the worst in the NFL.

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Dimitroff beat out Kansas City Chiefs GM Scott Pioli and Tampa Bay Buccaneers GM Mark Dominik for this honor and fans of the team have to feel confident with the leadership in place. Now it's time for it translate into playoff wins and Dimitroff knows the expectations are high.

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No question we have some tweaks to make going forward. We need to be more explosive in a number of ways. We were very low in the explosive play category on our offense. . The whole package, I'm very encouraged by where we are after three years. Encouraged but not satisfied. There's definitely a fire burning in my belly as well as Coach Smith's and (owner) Arthur Blank's. We have a lot more to accomplish to live up to our expectations.

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