The Atlanta Falcons are an imperfect football team right now. They've got a lot of problems that can't be remedied by a single solution. But there's a growing sentiment that one thing has to happen: current general manager Thomas Dimitroff must be fired. Firing Sir Spiky Hair is just step one. Step two is hiring his replacement.
So where do the Falcons start? It's hard to fix a team that's only won 16 games since 2012. Per CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora, the Falcons may look to steal away another Seattle Seahawks rising star.
It always seemed like a reworking of player personnel was also coming a year ago, when longtime coach Mike Smith was let go, and the other shoe may be about to drop. If you are following the model of Quinn's former team, the Seahawks, then pair him with a personnel man who shares Quinn's vision. There were rumblings about Seattle exec Trent Kirchner possibly headed to Atlanta since before training camp. It would come as no surprise to me should he end up the Falcons' next GM.
Kirchner played quarterback at St. John's before joining the Seahawks' front office in 2000 as a college scouting intern. He bounced around a bit, scouting for the Carolina Panthers for 8 years. He then re-joined the Seahawks' front office, garnering several interviews for various GM vacancies since.
The issue with Kirchner is that he's primarily focused on player personnel. He's been in NFL front offices for 15 years though, so I'm sure he's plenty capable. Arthur Blank and company will need to think this decision through. The team needs to remedy its personnel issues. Fast.