Like it or not, the current regime is here to stay for the foreseeable future. The Falcons announced that they have extended the contracts of President Rich McKay, coach Mike Smith and General Manager Thomas Dimitroff.
McKay is the only member of the trio to receive a multiyear extension. His extension is good for four more years. Smith and Dimitroff have each received a one year extension.
This further confirms owner Arthur Blank's trust in the current brain trust. McKay has been with the organization since 2003, and was the team's general manager for five seasons. He became the team's president in 2008. McKay was reportedly being courted by Tampa Bay to return to Florida to become the team's general manager once again, but those rumors did not come to fruition. McKay is here to stay.
Dimitroff and Smith have been GM and coach respectively since 2008. Smith has a career record of 60-33 and is the Falcons franchise leader in wins as a coach. Under Dimitroff and Smith's leadership, the Falcons enjoyed five consecutive winning seasons, two division titles and one playoff victory.
The duo's 4-12 effort last season was not enough to derail what had been a great ride in the previous five years. The Falcons have had a busy offseason, hiring Bryan Cox and Mike Tice to head the offensive and defensive lines, and now have extended their executives and vice president. Last week, they hired Scott Pioli to become the team's assistant GM. All eyes are now on the Falcons to strike quickly in free agency to fortify the offensive and defensive lines, as well as to improve in the free safety department after the disappointing season by Thomas DeCoud.
The Falcons will also have the sixth pick heading in this year's NFL draft.
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