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Thomas Dimitroff Rumored To Not Be Safe, Could Be Fired With New Coaching Hire

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Great organizations are swift and decisive, particularly when they recognize that their personnel do not match their goals any longer. The rumors around Thomas Dimitroff's job status are a little unsettling for the Falcons, then.

This passage is particularly germane, I think.

Per multiple league sources, a change could still be made, based on the preferences of the candidate that Blank identifies as the coach he wants to hire.  Put simply, if Blank wants a coach who wants his own personnel specialist, Dimitroff could be sacrificed.

I've said this once or twice already, but if this coaching search drags on and the Falcons wind up firing Thomas Dimitroff in say late January, I'll view it as a dumb move by the team. The right time to fire Dimitroff and make major changes in the front office was last Monday, when the team was announcing the firing of Mike Smith and had the opportunity to make a clean sweep. Retaining Dimitroff appeared to be a signal that Arthur Blank felt the team's problems stemmed more from coaching than talent acquisition, but now we're mighty uncertain.

If a new coach and Blank want a new general manager, I'm not entirely opposed, but you have to consider the sunk opportunity cost of such a move. Dimitroff and Pioli were already at the Peach Bowl, and are going to be actively scouting players, considering free agent moves and having some level of involvement in the hunt for a new coach. All of that work is wiped out if you fire him a month from now, with a new general manager starting from scratch.

One caveat applies. It's entirely possible, as FalconsM5 suggested to me, that Dimitroff and/or Scott Pioli are unsure of their job status and are letting other teams know they may soon be on the open market, where it's inevitable Dimitroff would be hired if there were multiple vacancies. Without knowing who is filling Mike Florio in, however, all we really know is that the front office situation in Atlanta is tenuous.

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