Atlanta Falcons: 5 General manager candidates that could turn franchise around

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Which general manager candidates should the Atlanta Falcons eye to replace Thomas Dimitroff?

We might just be a little over a quarter of the way through the 2020 NFL season but it’s clear changes are starting to take place for the Atlanta Falcons both this season and beyond.

Following Atlanta’s 0-5 start to the regular season schedule this year, the organization parted ways with both its head coach and general manager when it fired head coach Dan Quinn and general manager Thomas Dimitroff.

With multiple names being floated out there as potential replacements to lead things on the sideline as the Falcons new head coach, there is also a big decision that lies within the front office in replacing Dimitroff in the decision making surrounding the team.

When it comes to the 54-year-old Dimitroff that is now on his way out of Atlanta as its general manager, he leaves the organization after serving as its general manager since 2008. During his stint with the Falcons, which lasted about 13 years, Dimitroff helped lead the organization to a total of seven winning seasons.

Along with those seven winning seasons, Atlanta also reached the playoffs six times under his control and reached at least the NFC Championship in two of those years capped with a trip to the Super Bowl in 2016.

As one of the more successful general managers in franchise history, Dimitroff was responsible for drafting the likes of Matt Ryan and Julio Jones, while also earning NFL Executive of the Year honors in 2008 and 2010.

After another dreadful start to a season for basically the third straight year, the Falcons are now cleaning house while shifting their focus as an organization moving forward.

With major changes underway, most notably at the general manager spot in the front office, let’s dive into five potential candidates that could make for good replacements for Dimitroff as the top decision-maker at the helm of Atlanta both in 2021 and beyond.

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