The Atlanta Falcons announced that under-fire GM Thomas Dimitroff is to remain as GM of the 8-8 club. Dimitroff was thought to be in danger with the Falcons in the midst of a 7 game losing stretch but the club rallied slightly down the stretch showing improved performances, particularly on their much maligned defense. What was likely most encouraging for owner Arthur Blank was the performance of Dimitroff’s recent draft picks. From the 2014 class, Jake Matthews, Ra’Shede Hageman, Dezmon Southward, Devonta Freeman and Ricardo Allen were all primary starters this season, as were Desmond Trufant and Robert Alford from the 2013 class. Dimitroff is probably best known for the bold move to trade up in the first round in 2011 and draft Julio Jones, a move that many commentators thought had cost the Falcons too much in draft capital. Jones has repaid that faith, this year leading the league in catches and receiving yards. Now Dimitroff will be given at least another season to continue to work with Dan Quinn and continue to reform the defense as the Falcons look to challenge Carolina for the NFC South title in 2016.