With the Falcons officially eliminated from playoff contention after last weekend’s embarrassing loss to the Chargers, all eyes are on 2021 (if they weren’t already). This season was essentially flushed down the toilet after just five weeks, which led to the dismissals of head coach Dan Quinn and general manager Thomas Dimitroff. Head coaching searches generally don’t start until after the season considering the most worthy candidates are leading other teams that are having success and making the playoffs. The general manager search, however, is already underway for the Falcons.
The team announced today that they have interviewed Anthony Robinson and Rick Smith for the position.
We have interviewed Anthony Robinson and Rick Smith for the general manager position. https://t.co/uygakcAs0Q
— Atlanta Falcons (@AtlantaFalcons) December 19, 2020
Robinson is an internal candidate that has been with the team since 2008. His current role is the Director of College Scouting — a position he has held since last season.
Smith is an external candidate that was most recently the long-time Houston Texans general manager. He served in that position from 2006-2017 and was the Executive Vice President of Football Operations from 2012-2017. After the 2017 season, Smith took a leave of absence to be with his wife who was suffering from breast cancer.
This is only the beginning of numerous candidates the Falcons will interview over the next few months. We’ve already heard them linked to other high-profile candidates such as ESPN analyst Louis Riddick and former Browns GM John Dorsey. However, to this point, neither of them have been in for an interview. We will keep you posted on all the updates as the Falcons officially have begun the search for their next general manager.
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