While many expected Thomas Dimitroff to be fired during Atlanta's midseason slide, it was not as clear as Atlanta won two of their last three games, including beating the undefeated Carolina Panthers.
We have final word from team owner Arthur Blank that Dimitroff will remain the team's general manager. He mentioned some changes to the front office, but it sounds as if Scott Pioli will remain as the team's assistant general manager.
Below is the full statement from Mr. Blank.
My commitment to our fans is to put the best possible product on the field each year. No one is satisfied with an 8-8 record, but I am very pleased with the direction of our team under the leadership of Dan Quinn and confident in his long-term approach. No question, we took some positive steps forward this year and have a good foundation our existing coaching staff can build upon.
Over the last week, we have conducted an exhaustive review of every area of our team. Through this process it has become very clear to me that Coach Quinn and Thomas Dimitroff have built a productive working relationship over the last 11 months. There is very good alignment between Dan and Thomas on the direction we need to go to improve our team and I believe maintaining the continuity of that relationship, with Scott Pioli continuing to assist Thomas, is the right way forward.
We are going to make a number of changes to our pro personnel and college scouting departments and that process began this week. It will take some time, but we will be adding talent on the pro personnel side and re-organizing both of these groups to best align with the shared vision of Coach Quinn and Thomas Dimitroff. I expect these changes will produce positive results for our team.
We are very grateful for the ongoing support of passionate Atlanta Falcons fans and will keep working hard to deliver a team they can be very proud of on and off the field.
Rumors in the last week or so have suggested that Dimitroff has Quinn's support. Quinn may want to add a few familiar faces to the personnel side, but it appears the top people will remain. Additionally, the early returns on Pioli's 2015 draft were impressive. Blank likely wants to stress consistency with the organization in what should be the peak years for Matt Ryan and Julio Jones.
Thoughts on the announcement?