Canadian-raised general manager Thomas Dimitroff retained by Atlanta Falcons

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Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank has retained general manager Thomas Dimitroff and head coach Dan Quinn who will both now report directly to president Rich McKay.

The Falcons are 6-9 and failed to make the NFL playoffs. Blank will retain oversight of the football operation with McKay reporting directly to him on all football matters.

“After weighing several factors, including our team’s statistical turnaround and our players’ focus and effort the second half of the season, I feel the decision to retain Thomas and Dan, with Rich providing close day-to-day oversight of the football operation, will provide the timeliest route for the Atlanta Falcons to return to contention in 2020 and beyond,” Blank said.

“Every year we evaluate all our football operations and this year I have asked Rich to work closely with Thomas and Dan over the next couple of weeks to conduct a top-to-bottom review, inclusive of structure, processes, resourcing and personnel to identify whatever changes are necessary to enable us to compete consistently at the highest level.”

Dimitroff has spent 12 seasons in the GM role for the Falcons. He was originally hired in 2008. The University of Guelph product won two Super Bowls while serving as a national scout and director of college scouting for the New England Patriots from 2002 to 2007 when the franchise won the Vince Lombardi Trophy back-to-back in 2004 and 2005.

His pro football personnel career started in Saskatchewan with the Roughriders where he was the Canadian scouting coordinator from 1990 to 1991. From there, Dimitroff jumped to the World League of American Football in 1992 and received his first NFL job with the Kansas City Chiefs in 1993.

The 53-year-old Dimitroff was named NFL executive of the year in 2008 and 2010. Atlanta went 11-5 in 2016 and lost to New England in the Super Bowl during that season. Dimitroff has a win-loss record of 108-83 during his time at the helm of the Falcons.