Arthur Blank says Quinn/Dimitroff pairing is 'the right way forward'

BY foxsports • January 15, 2016

While there's been much speculation in terms of what the Atlanta Falcons will do with general manager Thomas Dimitroff, it seems that owner Arthur Blank is set and satisfied with the staff he currently has in place.

Specifically, Blank mentioned the pairing of head coach Dan Quinn with Dimitroff, stating that they have a "very good alignment" between the two of them.

Via Marc Sessler of

"Over the last week, we have conducted an exhaustive review of every area of our team. Through this process it has become very clear to me that Coach Quinn and Thomas Dimitroff have built a productive working relationship over the last 11 months. There is very good alignment between Dan and Thomas on the direction we need to go to improve our team and I believe maintaining the continuity of that relationship, with Scott Pioli continuing to assist Thomas, is the right way forward."

After an 8-8 season, Blank did admit that no one is satisfied, but that he's also pleased with the direction that the team is heading.

"My commitment to our fans is to put the best possible product on the field each year," Blank wrote. "No one is satisfied with an 8-8 record, but I am very pleased with the direction of our team under the leadership of Dan Quinn and confident in his long-term approach. No question, we took some positive steps forward this year and have a good foundation our existing coaching staff can build upon.

Dimitroff is safe for at least another season it seems, and with the potential on this team, there's no reason to think that the Falcons can't do some serious damage in 2016.

Jeff Smith writes about the NFL for FOX Sports. You can find him on Twitter @JSM8ith.

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