Report: Dimitroff to be Falcons GM

Jan 12, 2008 - 10:40 PM ATLANTA (Ticker) - New England Patriots director of college scouting Tom Dimitroff is to be named the general manager of the Atlanta Falcons, according to a report on the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's web site Saturday.

Dimitroff fills a vacancy created when Rich McKay was relieved of his duties as GM to become the team president full time.

Dimitroff will now be responsible for hiring the new Falcons head coach. The team has already begun its search and interviewed a number of candidates, but the decision will rest with the new GM.

The 40-year-old Dimitroff has been with the Patriots since 2002, and was a candidate for the Minnesota Vikings' GM post two years ago.

He has also worked for Cleveland, Detroit and Kansas City since moving south from the Canadian Football League.

According to the Journal-Constitution report, Dimitroff did not meet with McKay and team owner Arthur Blank, instead being interviewed via satellite last weekend.

Dimitroff's hiring could thrust Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels back into the mix for the Falcons' head coaching position.

On Thursday, McDaniels said he no longer is a candidate for jobs with the Falcons and Baltimore Ravens - two teams that had requested permission from the Patriots to speak with him.

With Dimitroff making the hire, the Falcons may be willing to wait to talk with McDaniels.

First-year coach Bobby Petrino abruptly resigned after Atlanta's 13th game this season to take the job at Arkansas.

McDaniels is in his seventh season overall and second as offensive coordinator with New England, which set an NFL record this season with 589 points - surpassing the mark of 556 set by the Minnesota Vikings in 1998.

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