Dimitroff puts playoff loss in past, focuses on draft

MOBILE, Ala. — Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff admitted Atlanta’s playoff loss to Green Bay hit him harder than most. Speaking from Ladd-Peebles Stadium on the Sirius Radio show Moving the Chains with Pat Kirwan and Tim Ryan, Dimitroff was still having trouble shaking his team’s divisional-round defeat.

“Normally I’m pretty resilient and can bury that after 24 hours, but when you don’t have another game to play it’s very difficult,” Dimitroff said with the pain still evident in his voice. “To be quite honest with you, I wasn’t expecting that. I thought we prepared very, very well and had very sharp practices leading up and we fell short. It was very disappointing.”

Dimitroff knows as well as anyone, however, that the key to preventing that disappointment in the future will come by continuing to have solid draft classes and he is excited about the players at the Senior Bowl.

Many of his picks since he took over in Atlanta have been seniors, and he said this event was so valuable because it forces prospects to pick up pro coaching in a hurry and adjust to facing a high level of competition on every snap.

“We need it to happen now. This is an adaptability league,” Dimitroff pointed out.

There are several players Dimitroff discussed in the interview, but he seemed to be especially effusive in his praise of Florida guard Marcus Gilbert. He is certainly a player to keep an eye on.

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