Dimitroff implementing Patriots formula
Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham
Before the New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons kick off in Gillette Stadium, I wanted to make sure you were aware of an insightful piece NFC South baron Pat Yasinskas put together.
Yasinskas takes a look at the team Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff is putting together in the Patriots' likeness.
Demitroff was New England's college scouting director from 2003 through 2007, earning two Super Bowl rings working with vice president of player personnel Scott Pioli and football ops overlord Bill Belichick.
Dimitroff notes two major lessons he learned in the Patriots' front office.
First was organizational unity:
"Bill and Scott had a tacit understanding that if there was a difference of opinion, they would hash it out together behind closed doors and would come to the decision that was best for the franchise. I really wanted something like that when I was hiring Mike. I truly believe it’s paramount to the success of your franchise to have a coach and general manager who are always working in lock step together.Second was to know your role and execute it:
"There was an indisputable understanding of roles from Bill. He wanted everyone to be able to do what they do best and not be spread too thin. That’s something we believe here in Atlanta. That and the fact that we believe that everyone in the building needs to contribute, have fun, work hard and you’ll be rewarded with success."Dimitroff also explains why the Falcons are more accessible to the media and exhibit more engaging personalities compared to the reticent Patriots' bunker mentality.