Dimitroff wins executive of the year honor

We’re down to what might be the last of the postseason awards and it’s a significant one.

Atlanta general manager Thomas Dimitroff has been named executive of the year by The Sporting News. Tampa Bay general manager Mark Dominik finished third.

While Dominik and the Bucs enjoyed a huge turnaround this past season, I can’t argue with the Dimitroff selection. The Falcons went 13-3, but Dimitroff’s body of work goes beyond that.

He and coach Mike Smith took over a franchise that was in shambles in 2008 and have had winning records in each of their three seasons together. Dimitroff has drafted well (Matt Ryan and Curtis Lofton), made an occasional big splash in free agency (Michael Turner and Dunta Robinson) and traded for Tony Gonzalez.

The thing I like best about Dimitroff is his balanced approach and how he’s brought a stable and calm demeanor to a franchise that didn’t really have that in the past. Dimitroff’s basic philosophy is to build through the draft. He’s not afraid to make a big move from time to time when it’s the right fit. But he doesn’t go overboard.