The AJC’s Steve Wyche reports that Falcons officials have confirmed that New England Patriots director of college scouting Tom Dimitroff will be their next general manager. The Falcons had gone through several candidates for the open position since the team decided to demote Rich McKay, but ultimately settled on Dimitroff. Now that the teams has hired a general manager, their next major move will be hiring a new head coach. Falcons owner Arthur Blank has indicated in the past that the new GM will have authority to choose the new coach, despite the team’s simultaneous search for both. The Falcons have already interviewed seven candidates, but it is not known whether Dimitroff’s choice will be among those names.
Dimitroff comes from a proven and successful organization. At age 40 he is one of the youngest GMs in the league. Dimitroff joined the Patriots in 2002 and was promoted to college scouting director the following year. Prior to his experience with the Patriots, he worked as a scout for the Cleveland Browns (1998-01), Detroit Lions (1994-97), and Kansas City Chiefs (1993). He also worked in the World League (1992) and Canadian Football Leagues (1990-91) as a personnel assistant. He has been considered an up and coming GM candidate for several years, and now will be given the opportunity to run his own team.