coryb78 Posted September 12, 2008 Share Posted September 12, 2008 I am not a fan of Arthur Blank. Never really have been but I have to commend him on his two latest hirings. Right now I am a believer in Mike Smith and Thomas Dimitroff. I didn't want either of them here at first but so far I have really liked what I have seen. Right after the hiring of Smith I started hearing things like, "he is a teacher" and with Dimitroff I heard, "great college scout and evaluater of talent." When your team is in shambles these are things that you want to hear because these are the basics. They aren't really sexy or fun to talk about but before you get the big beautiful house you have to have a foundation to put it on. I really started to believe in Dimitroff when he put the best draft that I have ever seen together in April. I couldn't argue against a single thing and for a fan who like all of us had to go through what we went through last season something solid and sensible is welcomed. Dimitroff should also be commended along with Smith for the type of players that he has brought in. They seem to be going for, "hard working. intelligent players who believe in roles" over, "talented flashy players who have pre-planned dance moves and dry erase boards on standy by with Aloha written on them." Don't you just love how Michael Turner just flips the ball to the official after he scores. Looks like he has been there before doesn't it? So far Turner looks like exactly the kind of class guy that you want in your organization and it seems like he has about 52 other guys standing behind him that you could say the same about. Again it's not that sexy but it's the results that count.Smith seems to have done a fantastic job of assembling a crew of good football coaches/teachers that have similar philosophies and work together to compliment each other in the areas that they differ.Very exciting times. I'm not saying that the Falcons are going to the SB and I'm not even saying that they are going to make the playoffs but I am a believer. I believe in what we are doing and the way that we are doing it. I believe in the GM, I believe in the Coach and I believe in the types of players that are on the team now. Things are turning and we have turned the corner. Vick is further in the rearview and so is Petrino. I know that Smith has taken just a bit of heat for his decision at the end of the 1st half but I have no problem with it at all. Smith tried to get points on the board to increase the lead and by doing that he showed that he wants to step on throats and he believes in his men. He believes in them enough right now in game 1 to trust them and just as the players have bought into his philosophy he has bought in to them as players. Look at the philosophy of the team right now. They draft a young, solid, game managing QB and compliment him with the one thing that he has to have to be effective at this point in his career which is a solid to great running game. Then they have an offensive coordinator who seems to call solid plays that convert 1sts and yet he keeps the defenses on their heels a bit by throwing in gimmick plays that aren't on anyones radars. What I am trying to say is that the organization has brought in pieces that seemingly compliment each other well from top to bottom and that is how you get a solid foundation that you build not just houses but successful franchises on. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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