The Atlanta Falcons’ surprising start to the 2016 season has yielded a ton of praise for quarterback Matt Ryan and the rest of the team’s star-studded offense.
Though, praise should also be thrown the way of head coach Dan Quinn and general manager Thomas Dimitroff, both of whom were under increased fire following last season’s 8-8 performance.
Now, it looks like the Falcons are rewarding Dimitroff with a three-year contract extension.
Falcons have rewarded their GM Thomas DiMitroff w a 3 year contract extension
— Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) November 7, 2016
This comes just months after it seemed the GM’s job was not safe. And in reality, it’s a well deserved show of confidence from the Falcons’ brass.
Dimitroff had a stellar free agent period, adding the likes of Alex Mack and Mohamed Sanu during the spring. He also hit a home run with safety Keanu Neal in the first round and linebacker Deion James in the second round of this year’s draft.
Each of these two rookies have started every game this season with Neal boasting 57 tackles and three forced fumbles and James picking off two passes.
It hasn’t been enough for Atlanta’s defense to take that next step to average status. But with the top-scoring offense in the NFL, it’s been enough for the team to put up a 6-3 record through nine weeks. For that, the Falcons decided it was worthwhile to extend their GM.