Falcons Sign HC Dan Quinn, GM Thomas Dimitroff to 3-Year Contract Extensions

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistJuly 25, 2018

Atlanta Falcons general manger Thomas Dimitroff right, and head coach Dan Quinn walks together after the team's rookie camp football practice Friday, May 11, 2018, in Flowery Branch, Ga. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
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The Atlanta Falcons announced Wednesday that head coach Dan Quinn and general manager Thomas Dimitroff have been signed to three-year contract extensions, keeping them with the team through the 2022 season. 

"The partnership between Quinn and Dimitroff has proven to be as successful as we envisioned back in 2015," Falcons owner Arthur Blank said in a statement. "I believe continuity in leadership is vital to achieving the highest levels of success in any organization and, with these extensions, we ensure these two leaders will be at the helm of our franchise for years to come." 

"Their shared vision and long view plan has already delivered on a variety of levels and has positioned our team for success into the future," he continued. "My expectations for our team to represent our city and fans well on and off the field remain very high and so does my confidence in Dan and Thomas to make that happen."

Dimitroff, 52, has served as the team's general manager since 2008. Under his tenure, the team has had seven winning seasons, reached the postseason six times and played in Super Bowl LI, losing to the New England Patriots. 

Dimitroff's first major move as general manager was selecting franchise quarterback Matt Ryan in 2008, and since then he's drafted key players like Julio Jones, Desmond Trufant, Jake Matthews, Devonta Freeman, Ricardo Allen, Vic Beasley, Tevin Coleman, Grady Jarrett, Keanu Neal and Deion Jones, among others. 

One of his most important moves going forward will be resolving the contract issues with Julio Jones, who is holding out for a reworked deal. ESPN's Chris Mortensen provided an update on that front Wednesday: 

Quinn, 47, took over as the team's head coach ahead of the 2015 season and has led the Falcons to playoff berths in each of the past two seasons, bringing a philosophy of physicality, length and athleticism on the defensive side of the ball while installing more balance offensively.

"I'd like to thank Arthur for displaying the confidence in Thomas and myself, and our vision for this team," Quinn said. "The partnership we have formed over the last four years has continued to get stronger and our view for how we structure this team has become even more clear. We are looking forward to the challenge in front of us, but I could not be more excited about continuing this journey with Thomas and the brotherhood."

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