Please look at Atlanta’s leadership line-up below, and compare and contrast it with the Niners ”brain trust.”
Team President: Rich McKay (13 year GM of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
General Manager: Thomas Dimitroff (Former Director of Scouting, New England Patriots)
Head Coach: Mike Smith (Former Defensive Coordinator, Jacksonville Jaguars, Assistant Defensive Coach, Baltimore Ravens)
Offensive Coordinator: Mike Mularkey (Former Offensive Coordinator, Pittsburgh Steelers, Head Coach, Buffalo Bills, Offensive Coordinator, Miami Dolphins)
Defensive Coordinator: Brian Van Gorder (Former LB Coach, Jacksonville Jaguars, Defensive Coordinator, University of Georgia)
Dimitroff and Smith started the incredible rise from the ashes with their 2008 draft class which produced 5 starters, all at very key positions. How about Quarterback Matt Ryan, Offensive Left Tackle Sam Baker, Middle Line Backer Curtis Lofton, Free Safety Thomas DeCoud, and Defensive End Kroy Biermann.
The 2009 and 2010 drafts are not filled with a lot of household names, but consider this. Seven 2009 draft selections and seven 2010 draft selections are currently on the Falcons roster. Many play now, others are just waiting for their opportunity.
Note to Jed York…………….this is how it’s done.