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Falcoholic Podcast: Reviewing the Thomas Dimitroff years starting with 2008

We look back at the moves our former GM made, and how it helped to rebuild this franchise.

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The Falcoholic podcast kicks off a new series today as we look back at the 12 years the franchise had under General Manager Thomas Dimitroff. In each of these podcasts, we’ll review the free agents, the cuts, the trades and the draft picks that made up each season.

This week, we start with the pivotal 2008 season. Coming off the disastrous 2007 nightmare, Dimitroff was tasked with rebuilding a franchise left in tatters. The editor in chief of this site - Dave Choate - joins me to go back through that season to see why the GM would earn Executive of the Year honors.

Some of what we covered:

  • The incredible number of players allowed to walk or who were cut, including guys like Alge Crumpler and DeAngelo Hall
  • The critical importance of the Michael Turner signing
  • Why the selection of Matt Ryan singularly transformed the franchise in just one year
  • Some of the early warning signs of what kind of GM Dimitroff would be going forward
  • So much more

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