If you have ever played any kind of organized sport in America you have heard the phrase "be quick but don’t hurry." It has been uttered from every coach's lips at sometime during a practice or game. However, this should be the mantra used to describe the rebuilding process that has taken place for the Atlanta Falcons.
There have been rumors circulating that General Manager Thomas Dimitroff did not want to select Matt Ryan, but Arthur Blank felt it was the right move for the franchise. So I can’t give the credit for selecting Ryan to Mr. Dimitroff, but he can defiantly get the spoils from the other selections.
Commencing with the signing of running back Michael Turner in 2008 and virtually every move since, the boy genius has quickly turned the Falcons into a perennial playoff contender without making a slew of here today gone tomorrow-type maneuvers.
With two drafts and two full offseasons under his belt it may be a bit premature to mention this architect with the names of Polian, Belichick, Reid and Modrak, yet if Dimitroff is able to accomplish this simple feat in 2009 he will go down as the greatest General Manager in Atlanta Falcons' history.
What feat you ask?
Well polly on this, when was the last time the Falcons posted back-to-back winning seasons. I am waiting....still waiting....would you like a holiday hint?
Try never, that’s right never in the Falcons' 43-year history have they ever posted back to back winning seasons. They came close but were only able to reach .500. So if Dimitroff, Ryan and Coach Smith can do what many of men have failed to accomplish, then Mr. Dimitroff you will go down as the greatest general manager in Atlanta Falcons' history.
This title does not say much considering the Falcons' history is littered with incompetence and poor decision making, yet in the village of the blind, the man with one eye is king. It is safe to say that as of right now Thomas Dimitroff has at least proven he has one good eye.
This team seems to have taken the belief that you build the core of your team through the draft and only use free agency as a way to simply plug a hole. With the addition of Tony Gonzalez and a draft that leaned heavy on the defensive side of the ball, the team plugged a hole at tight end and may have found their safety and defensive tackle of the future.
It may be a little presumptuous to suggest that Gonzalez will have the same effect on this team as Michael Turner did in 2008, however his resume should provide a certain amount of confidence that he will be at the very least a productive player. This will provide another weapon for a quarterback who should be a year smarter and a year better.
Gone are the "Dirty Birds" and those "2 Legit To Quit" Falcons. What we have here people, is a team built with sound decision making and an eye for the long haul. They have youth at every key position and for the first time ever should have another winning season.