Atlanta Falcons Off To a Great Start

  • Print Article |
  • Send to a Friend |
  • |
  • Add to Google |

Thomas Dimitroff has one hell of an off season to look forward to, but the Atlanta Falcons general manager is already off to a great start.

Riding a wave of optimism, Dimitroff is already approaching 2009 with the same momentum and drive that took the falcons from a 4-12 standing in 2007 to a playoff contender in 2008.

In an interview with Atlantafalcons.com, Dimitroff stated, "We're all engrossed in the various preparations for free agency, the Scouting Combine, and the 2009 NFL Draft with the goal of improving our football team. NFL rosters never stay the same from one year to the next, so we're busy doing our due diligence as far as evaluating our own players and evaluating the collegiate players who will be available to us in the draft."

Dimitroff is getting an early start, already adding to the roster. He signed CB Ronnie Prude, S Marcus Paschal, DT Thomas Johnson, CB Tony Tiller, and OT Will Svitek, and talk is circulating that Michael Koenen will be franchised. All this before the Scouting Combine and free agent period have begun.

The Scouting Combine, February 18-24, is the first opportunity to see the best college football players from 2008, and the free agent period, the chance to sign veteran players whose contracts have expired, doesn't start until the 27th, so the possibilities for the future of the Falcons are still up in the air.

In the middle of everything else, Dimitroff must address the controversy surrounding Michael Vick and Dimitroff's decision to trade him to another team. "We took a number of steps in the 2008 season, including using our first pick to draft a quarterback." Dimitroff says, "We feel a trade is the best move for the Falcons, and it's also in the best interest of Michael."

Michael Vick is still on the Falcons roster, though he is serving time in a federal penitentiary for his involvement in a dog fight operation. The team is eager to move on from the stigma he left during the 2007 season, but trading him may be a bigger problem than expected.

Three teams, Dallas Cowboys, New York Jets, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, have expressed no interest in signing Vick. If no one is willing to trade, Dimitroff will have to re-evaluate the steps for dealing with this unique situation, but remains optimistic that "...some teams might be interested in exploring a trade."

Thomas Dimitroff and his front office certainly have a lot on their plate. But as Dimitroff starts his second year as general manager, he remains positive that the Atlanta Falcons will continue to show improvement. He stated that "This time last year, we were all trying to learn each other's names. This year,...The majority of our guys will know how we do things and that saves time. They'll know what is expected of them, they'll know how we meet, how we practice, and how we prepare for our opponents for the fast-approaching 2009 season."

Writer and editor, Freddie Brister, is a former high school football coach of 25 years. His love of the game of football is reflected in his words and memories of growing up in the South and playing football in the back yard with his brother, cousins and neighborhood friends. His biggest thrill is watching former high school players he has coached play at the college level. His favorite pastime is watching college football on tv and attending the games in person every chance he gets. Freddie Brister is a huge fan of college football. Check out his Atlanta Falcons Gear or his Florida State Store

Rate this Article:
  • Article Word Count: 596
  • |
  • Total Views: 66
  • |
  • permalink
  • Print Article |
  • Send to a Friend |
  • |
  • Add to Google |
>